HOW we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities? The answer could be to use nature as the inspiration. The design process called permaculture starts with the simple idea of working with, rather than against nature to create an ecologically sound way of living.
Permaculture, an approach first developed in the 1970s in response to the first oil shocks, is a very practical and effective way to emulate natural patterns and eco-systems.
The word permaculture comes from “permanent agriculture” and “permanent culture”. It helps us to protect and enrich soil, boost biodiversity. Everyone can study and apply permaculture design, We are all designers in our own lives. Permaculture presents us with a set of principles which give us a framework to make our designs more consistently sucessful and sustainable, therefore, helping us to forge a path towards the creation of solid livelihoods within our own communities.
Growing systems and techniques commonly associated with permaculture include agroforestry, swales, contour plantings, keyline agriculture (soil and water management), hedgerows and windbreaks, and integrated farming systems such as pond-dike aquaculture, aquaponics, intercropping, and polyculture.
In the search for truly green solutions there is no better teacher than nature.
Cultivate Living and Learning who have over 10 years’ experience in delivering courses in the green economy and are offering a number of permaculture courses over 2013. FEATAC accredited courses are being hosted at Cloughjordan Ecovillage in the spring and autumn plus nine-day, full Permaculture Design Certificate Course is held in August with renowned US teacher Albert Bates. Funding for job seekers is available for FETAC accredited courses, please check with your local DSP or FAS office. For full details, see www.cultivate.ie or call Philippa Robinson 087-2569348 or 0505-56063.