by Fiona Smit
The KBRC invested in training me for envisaged food security / climate mitigation / land restoration projects, linked to the Mthimkhulu Greening Initiative.
I was recently afforded the opportunity to attend a 12-day Permaculture Design Course (PDC) hosted at the Eco Lodge in Greyton.
The Permaculture Philosophy, Design principles, practical implementation of methods and real group and individual designs formed part of the training. Very valuable theoretical and practical skills were learned, enabling implementation of projects mindfully and sustainably. The most important lesson I learned was that – if translated successfully to the socio-economic conditions of target populations – the Permaculture Principles could make a real difference in the lives of people from all walks of life.
Adjustments are however needed to scale and apply the holistic and sustainable nature of Permaculture to specific communities according to their resources, support systems and cultures.