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Permaculture Goes to School

Permaculture Goes to School

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ideas for permaculture educators
goes to school...
... ideas and bibliographyfor permaculture educators
An education and networking tool from Pacic Edge Permaculture
Permaculture Paper No. 2 — Autumn1997
permaculture goes to school
A work of many people...
he Permaculture in Schoolsinformation kit had its origin atthe Sixth InternationalPermaculture Convergence which tookplace during October 1996 in Bridgetown,Western Australia.Pacic Edge Permaculture undertook topublish the information assembled byparticipants and distribute it.
The aim of the kit is to bring together thetitles of publications and other resourcesof potential use to people working inpermaculture projects in schools or who are working in permaculture withchildren in other circumstances.Most of the resource listings werecontributed by participants at thePermaculture in Schools Networking Dayfollowing the 1996 Convergence.Others were contributed by participantsin Robyn McCurdy’s Children inPermaculture course which took placeimmediately prior to the February 1995national Permaculture Convergence atBlack Forest Primary School in Adelaide,South Australia.
As well as the bibliography and resourcelisting, there are a number of articles.Thanks are due to all who attended thepermaculture in schools sessions at theconvergences and who contributed to thisresource package, as well as to those whohave contributed since.The package is not intended as acomplete listing of all publications of relevance to the practice of permaculturein schools or to working with children inpermaculture. It simply aims to recordthose resources identied as usefulby participants of the permacultureconvergences.If there are titles you consider should beincluded, please send them in the formatwhich appears in the bibliographic listingto Pacic Edge Permaculture. We caninclude them in updated listings.
Courses on permaculture in schools areoccasionally offered.Readers are referred to the course listingspages of the
Permaculture International  Journal 
(PIJ) for details.
How-to information
The PIJ carries a regular, two-pagesection on working with children inpermaculture.The section is produced by Brisbane-basedpermaculture in schools consultant,Carolyn Nuttall, author of 
 A Children’s Food Forest 
The articles which follow describedifferent approaches to designingpermaculture in school projects.Whether you nd an informal, smallprojects approach, or a more formal,larger project approach more applicable,we hope you nd this education kit of benet to your work.
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Permaculture Design Courses —part time in Sydney
Home and community gardens —design and implementation
Desktop publishing and design —brochures, newsletters, publicity material
NSW state contact — Australian CityFarms and Community Gardens Network
Approved EarthWorks program trainers.
Contact us at:
Fiona Campbell and Russ GraysonPO Box 446, Kogarah NSW 2217 Australia.Phone: 02 9588 6931Email: pacedge@magna.com.au
ideas for permaculture educators
The two artilcles which follow describedifferent approaches topermaculture in schoolsproject design.The rst was used in aproject in inner-urbanSydney. The second,by Robyn McCurdy,wasdeveloped for theTlhelego DevelopmentProject in ruralSouth Africa.The ideas are presentedonly as a guide.It is important todesign projects so they are compatible withlocal circumstances,environments, humancultures and resourceavailability.
t a time when school curriculaare crowded and teachers arestretched almost to breaking pointtrying to get through everything theyare supposed to teach, the chances of permaculture making incursions into theeducation system appear minimal.But the unexpected is happening.Permaculture is making inroads intoschools.Not only is this happening in the afuentworld where permaculture originated, it isalso happening in developing countries.There, the link between food, shelter,clean water and communities isfrequently more direct than in thedeveloped world. Because permaculture isprimarily concerned with access to thesebasic human needs, it has a pertinency indeveloping countries often lacking in theWestern world.
An Australian trend
In Australia, permaculture’s move intoschools is a trend mainly of the past veyears.There were permaculture in schoolprojects before that time, of course, butpermaculture in schools only reallyopened up in a substantive way as anew area of permaculture application incomparative recent times.Now, it is building its own body of knowledge and practical skills. Experienceis leading to the development of peoplewith some expertise in the area, not all of them with formal teaching qualications.
Environmental education
Links are being made with the existingteaching of environmental education inthe school system for which there exists,in a number of states, formal curriculamaterial, structures and experience.Environmental education andpermaculture are natural allies.Their focus, however, is somewhatdifferent, with environmental educationconcentrating on the wellbeing of thenatural environment and permaculturefocusing on the production of humanneeds.Given the widespread perception of incompatibility between the wellbeingof natural systems and the provision of human needs — an erroneous notionperpetuated by some environmentalistsand others quoted in the popular mediait would appear that permacultureand environmental education should beincompatible.The truth, as practitioners of permaculture design know, is thatpositive environmental outcomes owfrom good design which incorporates theneeds of human populations and theenvironmental contexts in which theylive.It is in this sense that permacultureeducation and environmental educationare compatible and are natural allies.As practitioners of a whole systems designmethodology, permaculture designers andpermaculture in schools educators knowthat good design plans for the wellbeingof both human societies and the naturalenvironments they occupy and derivetheir livelihood from.
Current status
With several years of experience nowbehind it, where does the practice of permaculture in schools currently stand?One thing which is evident is that it isbecoming more widely accepted as avalued input into the school experience,particularly for primary students.
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