Your Permaculture Research Digest Advent Calendar, 2017

Everyone loves a David versus Goliath story and that is what has just happened in the highly competitive world of book publishing.

Against all the odds, independent publisher Permanent Publications have just slugged it out with industry giants and won the main prize at the 2017 Garden Media Guild Awards (GMG). Their No Dig Organic Home & Garden book by Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty beat major industry supported celebrity titles to the prestigious Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year at the annual event held at The Savoy Hotel, London.

Andy Goldring tells a story about how we got to have a CoLab. From early conversations in Jordan (2011) up to the present day... much talking, thinking, and work has been done to get here.

Graham Bell reflects on the huge impact Permaculture Design Courses have had on participant's lives and their journeys of 'unlearning' and 'learning'. After thirty years of engagement with Permaculture it never ceases to amaze me how the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) changes peoples’ lives. This brilliant understanding of how to meet peoples’ needs, without working so hard, and at the same time learning to minimise waste was crafted by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren before I came along to connect with it. I’m also hugely aware that it has always been a fantastic effort of trawling wisdom from all across the planet contributed by unknown numbers of people.

The Permaculture Association has been supporting permaculture practitioners and teachers to create thriving communities across Britain for over 30 years. This year we have launched the Thriving Communities project to ensure that permaculture is reaching those in the greatest need.

We are living in a time of great change and uncertainty. The EU referendum and government austerity have revealed huge inequality in the UK with many people experiencing appalling poverty, fragile public services, precarious employment and decreasing opportunities to find ways out of poverty.

At the same time, gobal challenges including climate change, war and natural disasters mean that more people than ever are being forced to flee from their homes and seek sanctuary elsewhere.

People feel powerless and angry with limited options for changing their own future.

For many years, permaculture has shown that is able to make a huge difference to people’s lives, no matter what their background or their circumstances.

by Delvin Solkinson
Adventures to the wild - a group walk along a path in a woodland glade"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit"
- Edward Abbey

Driving through the endless country backroads of Herefordshire through a pastoral landscape of stone farmhouses, we went by fields filled with sheep and lined with hedgerows. It looked the same as I imagined it looked a hundred years ago. On pilgrimage with my permaculture partner Grace, we are questing towards the next level of facilitating, teaching and mentoring.

Beginning with a tour of the Applewood Permaculture Centre, we explored the a gardens, orchard, fields, pond, structures, tents and a herd of semi-wild rams. As the group journeyed together we felt a sense of kinship, not only with each other but with this natural place.

FFIRN was created at IPCUK in September 2015. After a period of inactivity over the summer of 2017, FFIRN is now reactivating.

Activities to date

  • Steering Group of 7 meets regularly online.