The Apricot centre is a small eco-venue just outside of Manningtree in an attractive 4-acre organic fruit garden. Our focus is upon providing courses on the general theme of Sustainable Living. The Apricot Centre is part of The Land Project and is a demonstration farm for permaculture methods.
The venue is 16 acre charity owned site comprising 2 walled gardens, woodland, a medieval tower and a 1990's self build house.
The Marda Permaculture Farm is located in the small village of Marda,a village of about 2,600 located just below the Israeli settlement of Ariel and the separation wall.
The goals of the project are to model and share ecologically-friendly, small-scale farming and healthy lifestyle practices for farmers, women, and agricultural students in the region, as well as providing outreach to students of permaculture from across the globe.
A Master Unit is a self-sufficient zone, based on all-round service, that inspires and offers a more balanced, healthy and proactive lifestyle. Using an economical sustainable model (PROUT), it acts as a nerve centre for the local community, and demonstrates new technologies for environmental sustainability while providing guidelines in order to facilitate its replication.
Konso itself is a food in-secure area in southern Ethiopia sitting in the bowl of the Great Rift Valley. It has a semi-arid (k’olla) ecology, with sorghum, maize and sunflower as major crops. The people are well known for their hard work, complex social organisation and sophisticated agriculture, which makes extensive use of stone wall terracing for soil and water conservation.
Modules will be taught in a variety of locations. Students usually contribute and share an evening meal on the Saturday and accommodation is in a local bothy at £10 per night.