Primetime Permaculture A learning resource to identify and explore permaculture in mainstream garden design
“ Gardeners World” as a permaculture learning resource It’s UK’s favourite TV Gardening programme Monty Don seems to use terms & concepts from permaculture theory & practice If we can identify them, we can help new permies relate to what are often abstract and unfamiliar ideas… also show the difference between organic gardening or landscaping and Permaculture! Tape a bit, create a learning activity which identifies ethics & principles Try it out with peers, get feedback, use it if OK! Let's go round again Design worksheets eg. 1. Tell them what to look out for 2. Ask for their own opinions of Pc. 3. Match what they hear to what they know already 4. “Design” practice survey analyse design implement review
Primetime Permaculture Gardeners' World for World Environment Day 2004 Watch the short extract from a popular TV gardening programme, and consider the questions below… What are the presenters' initial comments about sustainability? Make a list of what sounds like permaculture concepts & principles from the programme…
Primetime Permaculture Gardeners' World for World Environment Day 2004 Now work through your list with a couple of people, and see if they really are Pc! (ie. do the 3 ethics feature?) Choose one example and work up how would you make it more 'permaculture'! How far do you agree with Monty, Rachel and Chris about definitions of sustainability? Which bit of the programme was the best bit for you, and why?
Essential criteria: theory in action : this is a practical version of “the solution is within the problem” principle! For ages I wondered about how to show students on the course (especially gardeners!) that they were not doing landscaping design, or organic gardening… that the course was about the meeting of the three ethics of Peoplecare, Fairshare and Earthcare. It’s also an example of how I find myself seeing everything (maybe a bit of an exaggeration!) through PC eyes, that when I watched this programme I found myself shouting out the principles being described.. so a learning activity evolved... it can be as interactive as you wish! design practice : using SADI to retrofit this idea, I found, of course, I had done it in practice so it wasn’t really ‘cheating’… intuition and putting previous experience to work , my own pattern language for the way I plan and teach Complimentary criteria: Dissemination and Symmetry : are embodied within the design and now in the educational resources for BPT’s design course, as well as, presumably, in the wider network, following my use of it at the Convergence 21. Community building : some members of my community will be permaculture teachers coming to it from a place of enthusiasm rather than a professional background or developed skill who might appreciate guidance in creating interactive and imaginative learning activities, Evaluation & costs : I’ve presented the project using resources which depend on finance, accessibility and skill to be used. However, the programme was taped using VHS, the worksheets are paper, and both are commonly used in a Pc session. Copyright issues remain & permission might need to be got from BBC should its use become widespread. PcA could be asked to take this up, to get an educational licence for affiliated/endorsed teaching groups to record off-air for educational purposes. earth fairshare people