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2nd week at SCPI

Posted by andy macey over 12 years ago

entering the second week of my PDC teaching internship

So after a weekend away from the site the participants returned to complete the final week of their PDC.

I had the opotunity to teach a whole session on water harvesting 1st thing on Monday morning and realised early on that this session needs to be about giving broad concepts and then giving the resources/references etc. for the guys to direct further study.

I structured the lesson as an intro on the importance of water and it's high priority in any design. Followed with an overview of harvesting structures starting in zone 1 and moving out.

Special consideration was given to storage of water in the soil but also many types of physical storage. 

The concept of spreading water across a landscape using multiple strategies form swales to cross rips and on contour plantings was a major focus.

We concluded with a discussion on dam types and uses.

At lunch I took a large group of course participants to a large pile of spoil left from a pond construction and used it as a scale model of a hillside to physically demonstrate swale construction and touch a little on keyline theory.

I feel the session was reasonably successful and the balance of content was correct but I have definitely seen some room from improvement in delivery of what can be difficult concepts to grasp from diagrams on a whiteboard.

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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : well done Andy - don't forget the importance of ensuring water is cleaned before leaving a site and is stored well in biomass too. Doing great!!
Posted over 12 years ago

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andy macey : good advice Mark......thx
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Permaculture Design Certificate
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Rick Coleman
Other Teachers: Naomi Coleman, Kat Lavers
Location: Southern Cross Permaculture Institute
Date: Mar 2011
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PDC teacher training
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna farm
Date: Nov 2011
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advanced permaculture principles and reading the landscape
Type: Other
Teacher: david holmgren
Location: melliodora farm
Date: Nov 2011
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design skills and APT flow
Type: Permaculture Diploma
Teacher: Robyn Francis
Location: djanbung gardens: permaculture college australia
Date: Jan 2012
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