I'm 53 and a life-long back-garden organic grower (but always frustrated at lack of spare time whilst providing for my family).As the kids grew up I had more free time but was still caught up in the rat-race.
Permaculture passed me by until about 2 years ago when I volunteered for a weekend working in the forest garden at the Middlewood Trust,near Lancaster,UK http://www.middlewood.org.uk/middlewood.html
Over the course of that and several subsequent weekends there the penny dropped so to speak- this was potentially the answer to most if not all of humankind's problems (and I made some fantastic new friends). The positive can-do nature of Permaculture appeals and has prompted me to get involved in local initiatives including our fledgling transition group. It has also made me re-evaluate my life and realize there is a gentler way to live. I have a way to go but there is no way back. Luckily I have a partner who is as enthusiastic as I am about Permaculture. I've also been steadily nagging my kids (24 and 21) as they are the ones who will face the biggest upheaval the human race has ever known in the next few years.
Planning to take the Permaculture design course this year,hopefully at Middlewood and continue on this amazing journey.
Our local TT initiative
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Teacher: Rod Everett|
|Date: Sep 2011|