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Birmingham Permaculture Network
Birmingham Permaculture Network
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Birmingham, AL, US
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Sub tropical

Gao Zoua Downs Joshua Dean
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Birmingham Permaculture Network

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Project Summary

The primary goal of this group is to encourage its members to explore community together through experiencing permaculture together. This group aims to help one another through sharing ideas and information about the application of permaculture in the member's lives. Join us in building a permaculture tribe in the Magic City.

Project Description

"If you can put together a system where people meet regularly, and a hundred people start to meet just once a month, to cooperate around what they understand about permaculture effort locally- what has worked & what hasn't worked, sharing their failures, sharing their successes, sharing seeds, sharing species, sharing design, sharing building techniques... you've identified everybody that's in your tribe; in your extended family. You know who they are. And the other thing you've done is you've terrified the local politicians. 'Cause as soon as a local politician walks into a room like this, and sees you guys looking like you are now, they see 20 people in the local community represented by every person in this room. And they're looking political death in the eye if they don't know what you stand for." -Geoff Lawton on Community from his talk on the Permaculture Designer's Manual at PV1.


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With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.

PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.


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Community Project

Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.