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rwanda pdc days 4 and 5

Posted by andy macey about 11 years ago

Quick blog of days 4 and 5 of the PDC we are teaching in Rwanda

Days 4 and 5 of the PDC we are teaching in the Eastern Province of Rwanda saw us giving lessons on all things trees, from pruning to food forest to agroforestry.

Before we did this though, we finished off the hillside that we had begun to swale, terrace and use other water strtegies on the day before.....in the same fashion as the day before the course participants had finished the work in a fraction of the time it would take a group of Aussies!

We then planted our bananna circles and terraced veg. garden.

There is a wealth of knowledge in the group so I utilised the skills of a local agronomist who specialises in Agroforestry, to enhance the sections on pruning, coppice and pollard management.

At the end of day 4 we set a design task which was then worked on and presented the next day.....with amazing results, they all just 'got it'

Ricks blog from yesterday:

Permaculture is not just about fruit and vegetables.

Looking at the whole picture is important. Eg Improving the efficiency of the stove reduces the amount of smoke in the cooks lungs. Reduces the firewood needed to be cut. Which cuts down on environmental damage.Less trees removed.

An efficient stove means a little more freetime for the cook and the chopper. Designing more freetime means time to think and develope. When you work all the time ,then it's hard to break out of the paridigm.

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Carolyn Payne-Gemmell
Carolyn Payne-Gemmell : Hi Andy, how did it all go? I would love to read more about what you got up to, I guess you had a very busy time?
Posted about 11 years ago

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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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