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John Barrie BUTTON
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montescheno (VB), piemonte, Italy
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About John Barrie BUTTON

 P  E  R  S  O  N  A  L
Born: Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Date: 3rd June, 1954

1987 – 2010: Various courses and workshops including:
·        Advanced Permaculture;
·        Conflict Resolution;
·        Deep Ecology;
·        Strategic Questioning;
·        Group Process Resources;
·        Participatory Technology Development (PTD);
·        Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA);
·         Watershed and Water Conservation Management,
·        Nursery Establishment and Maintenance,
·        Holistic Resource Management,
·        Computer Basics,
·        Meditation,
Hatha yoga
·        Food Forest Development.
E  M  P  L  O  Y  M  E  N  T
Project Co-ordinator,
Annamalai Reforestation Society, Tiruvannamalai 606603, INDIA. 1989 – 1998
Grass-roots project for reforestation and environmental regeneration
·        inspired and established the organisational structure, project aims, operational strategies, and implementation, including:
o   nursery establishment
o   wasteland regeneration,
o   mountain afforestation,
o   demonstration farm establishment,
o   employee training,
o   workshops and courses for farmers, women, extension workers and students,
o   creation of village co-operatives and
o   creation of credit schemes. I also played the significant role in seeking and obtaining funding for the project, which employs up to fifty full-time workers as well as seasonal casual workers. I was
·        Responsible for
o   detailed financial projections,
o   budgetting and
o   reporting to the project funding agencies. By the time I stepped aside from the role of project co-ordination, the project was run entirely by local people, had created dramatically successful examples of sustainable farming, wasteland regeneration, mountain reforestation, and continues to play a significant role in the environmental uplift of a semi-arid district suffering from poor land management and diverse socio-economic problems. Of the project regeneration, demonstration farm and afforestation sites, it has often been said that people did not believe such potential existed on such degraded land. This has been acheived with a total use of local resource available to all, without any synthetic chemical use.
Permaculture Consultant,
Plan International, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand. 1992-1994
            Bill Mollison asked me to present Permaculture to the regional and National conferences of PLAN International South East Asia. During the period 1992-95, I was contracted by PLAN to introduce Permaculture to Plan personnel and client communities. Over a period of eight months I taught two-week permaculture courses in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, helped to devise environmental education programmes, facilitated trainer-training workshops, and consulted on aspects of the diverse development programmes being supported by Plan. Having originally been asked simply to present the concept of Permaculture to Plan, enthusiasm for Permaculture grew and was accepted as a wonderful framework to work with to create wholistic development rather than piecemeal projects. In introducing and extending Permaculture to the different Plan offices throughout SE Asia, there was uniform agreement that I should be the person to carry out this programme. I believe that the consequence of my work has had ongoing impact on Plan programmes, in SE Asia and beyond, where those with whom I worked have subsequently been posted.
            I have worked voluntarily with numerous other small NGOs, individuals, and community groups in India, conducting workshops, courses, and advice where requested.

ACTED, Sindh Province, Pakistan
Seeking and designing potentials for sustainable change for farming communities affected by frequent devastating flood inundations from Indus River.
First PDC taught at Khaipur University

NewTREES, Switzerland
Extended Pc workshops for villagers, government and NGO officers held in Asmara and villages
community gardens and reforestation project

SONED, Berlin
  Taught and consulted in Nigeria. First Nigerian PDC

Sicilia Integra, Sicily, Italy
Project to integrate and train migrants with unemployed local youth and students, through Gaia Education

Permaculture Design Consultancy – Design, Project Development, Implementation, Teaching: 1987-2005
Australia, India, Holland, Germany, Italy, Canary Islands, Russia, Indonesia, Nigerea
            In the past twenty five years I have designed for private properties, farms, hotels, community projects, homesites, regeneration sites, and even a houseboat, to achieve environmentally harmonious, beautiful, personally-tailored, productive situations for a diverse range of clients. I have also consulted for individuals, enterprises, communities and organisations on their individual needs and problems. I have received heartfelt appreciation wherever I have worked, from communities, academics, individuals and decision-makers alike.
These include, among other smaller and larger projects:
Wheels Resort (specifically for people restricted to wheelchairs) , Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Arunachala reforestation, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Permaculture Demonstration Farm, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Finca Argayall Community and Resort, La Gomera, Canary Islands
Mariposa Resort, Teneriffe, Canary Islands
Backpacker's Resort, Alleppey, Kerala, India
Green School (International School) Bali, Indonesia
Serangan (Turtle) Island Development, Bali, Indonesia
Alang Alang Resort, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Pignano Estate, Volterra, Tuscany, Italy
Alexander Brodowski Agricultural Development Sites, Muram and Tula districts, Russia
Fattoria Autosostenibile, Paganico, Emilia Romagna, Italy.
Jah Mollison Ashram, Biancareddu, Sardegna, Italy
Other sites in Sardegna,
Two Permaculture demonstration sites for Jordanian Government in Jordan River Valley
Integrated farm development project, Ukraine

plus many other smaller and medium projects
I have conducted Permaculture Design Courses and workshops in Australia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Holland, Germany, Italy, Canary Islands, Nigeria , Pakistan, Russia, Switzerland, Eritrea, Georgia, Armenia, to students, farmers, academics, extension workers, communities (farming, tribal, intentional). I have personally taught these in English, German, Italian and Hindi, as well as in other languages through interpreters.
Personal Property Design and Development: 1978-2005
            Since 1978, I have been a one third shareholder of 33hectares of land in sub-tropical NE New South Wales, Australia. I designed and implemented a total design on my house site, including all aspects of building my home from the foundations up. I planted a mixed fruit and nut orchard (approx 70 species) and house gardens, providing a high degree of self-sufficiency in fruit and vegetables. With my partners, we have planted large numbers of over 1700 species, including around 1000 Australian rainforest species, several hundred cycad and palm species. In the process, we transformed a burnt and degenerated cattle property of low productivity into three individual homesites, a remarkable arboretum, and healthy regenerating rainforest, with over ten kilometres of walking paths.
            Between 1995 and 1998 I developed a site of approximately one hectare with house and productive garden of fruits and vegetables in semi-arid tropical South India. This has earned fulsome praise from many quarters as one of the most spectacular and rapid land regeneration sites in the area.
            I have also designed and implemented an Alpine site in the Italian Alps at almost 1200metres, achieving significant self-sufficiency in herbs and vegetables in an area deemed fit only for potatoes and onions.

A  W  A  R  D  S
Permaculture Community Service Award 1994
- internationally awarded by the Permaculture Institute to persons deemed to have done outstanding work in the field of Permaculture

o            English as first language.
o            Hindi, German, Italian with working proficiency
o            French, Indonesian and Tamil at a basic level



New Permaculture Demonstration site and teaching centre, Lago d'Orta, Italy

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New Permaculture Demonstration site and teaching centre, Lago d'Orta, Italy

Become a part of the evolution of this project on an extraordinary site in a long-established community cum seminar centre, Centro d'Ompio

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Consultant Aid worker Pdc teacher
My Permaculture Qualifications
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Lea Harrison
Location: Tyalgum, NSW Australia
Date: Jan 1988
3 PDC Graduates (list)
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Climate Zones
John Barrie BUTTON has permaculture experience in:
Cold Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
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Wet/Dry Tropical
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Semi Arid

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