Book Launch

Heart felt thanks to everyone who came along and especially those of you helped with the book launch event in Llanrhaeadr on Oct 11th. Between the two sessions we had well over 70 visitors and so far we have distributed 300/ 400 of the complementary copies available for those resident or working in Powys.

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The final output of One School One Planet Project, 100 page book of practical insight into how to work with the environment.
Small and Slow Solutions, sector39
Coming together as community to face complex challenges

The books tackles the challenge of our time, how to energize and inspire people to take meaningful action on the ecological emergency. The work is framed by permacutlure design, which co-ordinates actions to be in line with both community and the natural world. Combined synergistic actions could create all sorts of unexpected positive outcomes. It is via these processes we believe we have the potential tools to make meaningful inroads into preparing ourselves for our low carbon and climate disrupted future.

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How we chose to respond to the climate emergency will impact greatly
on the options available to the next generation.

Permaculture design course

Really sorry the Sector39 website www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk is off line currently and we are trying to fix it. the site contains blogs and posts from past courses as well as booking details for current ones, please contact us via this site for information on our courses

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I moved the dates forward 2 weeks than first advertised, it won’t change again
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Dragons, Llanrhaeadr

Meanwhile we had begun promoting our next PDC which will be i in Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys, Wales SY10 0JN

Here is suggested watching in advance of attending the PDC

In grave Danger for Falling Food, Bill Mollison's story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRy0FXd-1QA

Cliamte science and the SDG goals, Johan Rokstrom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_gX0cTt10A&t=6s

David Holmgren, origins of permaculture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Syw1yfaWieQ

Food Inc, Michael Pollen and Eric Schlosser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmUvuEDd3eY

Dirt, the movie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvrww8iMl-A

That should get you warmed up on the subject. I will get back to you after
Oct 11th when we are not quite so busy with more details about the course
and hopefully will have my other website back up by then.
Clips from a previous residential PDC held in Wales i 2017

Small and Slow Solutions

slow and slow solutions is a teaching resource for secondary schools, using cross curricular themes to understand the process of change and how to initiate your own changes
Coming soon, tackling the climate crisis with permaculture design

It has taken our team three years to complete this text book. We have been working with our local high school and across our whole community to investigate how we can raise this essential issue in a meaningful and constructive way.

Permaculture gives us the statment, ‘the problem is the solution’ recognising that a problem is the inverse of its solution, problems are not unrelated but directly connected to their solution. Further more simply presenting dire predictions of a problem so huge humanity cannot face it achieves nothing but either continued denial or all out nihilism. Permaculture is a design process that is inclusive, works out from one’s own experience and helps build a co-ordinated and unified response.

The 1975 ft Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg began her activism at 15, starting alone yet within months creating a world wide movement. We take our inspiration from her work, we challenge everyone who cares to set in motion their small and slow solution and lets see how it builds and where it takes us.

Roger Hallam talking recently on the power of civil disobedience
There is precedence for change by mass action

PM 101 feature for S39

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We are featured in PM 101

We are excited to be featured in the latest Permaculture Magazine (PM101) in a piece exploring our work in refugee settlements in Uganda last year. It was a huge experience for all of us involved. We trained 40 refugees in permaculture and then supported them over the following 6 month period to become teachers and leaders , each trainee was tasked to train 4 families from their own surrounding communities.

Here are the pioneers, those who are now on the front line of bring permaculture into the community of Bidibidi refugee settlement and beyond. We are hoping we can find ways to continue to support them in this vital effort to combat poverty, de-forestation and food insecurity by bringing design and purpose via permaculture to their communities

The trainees, first generation permaculture team, Maaji and Bidibidi 2018

These stunning portraits were taken by Angharad Rees

Training and support team

Biochar

This is a fascinating insight into soil formation and possibly one of best ways to fight back against cliamte change using biological systems.

This is a classic documentary form 2002, introducing a fascinating topic, biochar

A Cure for Capitalism

The ecological crisis is a failure of capitalism.

This is a fantastic lecture, the fundamentals of economics: capitalism, socialism, Marxism leading to a brilliant explanation of co-operatives and how they represent a democratisation of the workplace. His analysis brilliantly reveals the faults of the system and explains how we got there.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York City. He wrote Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism and founded www.democracyatwork.info, a non-profit advocacy organization of the same name that promotes democratic workplaces as a key path to a stronger, democratic economic system. Professor Wolff discusses the economic dimensions of our lives, our jobs, our incomes, our debts, those of our children, and those looming down the road in his unique mixture of deep insight and dry humor. He presents current events and draws connections to the past to highlight the machinations of our global economy. He helps us to understand political and corporate policy, organization of labor, the distribution of goods and services, and challenges us to question some of the deepest foundations of our society.

Dragons Co-operative & regenerative agriculture, a vision

vision statement for Dragons Co-op project
Vision statement, I am working on this… this is where I am at so far.

Biodiversity in Wales has collapsed over the last 4 or 5 decades. This became blatantly clear on the publication of the State of Nature report in 2013. No one articulated this more strongly than local Welsh naturalist Iolo Williams when he spoke at the Senedd in 2013

A damming indictment of the direction that policy has driven farming practices

In our response to the changing climate and the loss of biodiversity it is apparent we need new models and approaches. Ones the restore depleted soil carbon, reducing flooding and reverse erosion and that protect and enhances biodiversity.

Permaculture is a design approach that has nature at its heart and increasingly we have been applying these ideas to more and more challenging situations and at greater scale. Sector39 are currently building a coalition of partners to take on a 124 acre hill farm on the edge of the Berwyn mountains here in Wales with the specific aim of creating a model for regenerative farming that could perhaps lead the way in land reform and demonstrate how a diversity of incomes can lead to a diversity of biological life on the farm.

Cae Bodfach, is our local attempt to restore some of the diversity and habitat lost from the landscape, we hope to be able to do this kind of restorative work on a much larger scale.

We have 25 years of housing co-operative experience and community building and this would give us the change to couple this experience with large scale habitat restoration. We have 2 objectives, one to establish a trust to purchase this unique farm and hold it in perpetuity so that we have establish a land based community to live and take care of the land.

The Trust needs to secure £400,000 in investment to secure the land for the proejct itself to go ahead. We already have finance in place for the actual project itself. As a training and teaching organisation we dont anticipate a problems recruiting members to the proejct or tenants for the farm and buildings.

This unique farm takes in a whole water system, several springs and 124 acres of land, not all of which has been ploughed and ‘improved’ with fertilizers and rye grasses. Rather than see it disappear under the uniformity of even more ‘sheep monoculture’ our vision is to take in the other direction, finding economic and responsible ways to restore diversity and create new possibilities for especially farms on marginal and upland locations.

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Personal statement
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Rebellion is now

The urgency of the situation demands that we stand up and be counted. Our governments have failed us, they sign agreements, nod to the science but do nothing real in response. We have to make an intervention. Human society needs to be governed in line with the laws of ecology and society. Solving climate change means building a whole different type of society and that will only happen if we all take part. It is time for the lunatics to leave the asylum.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” –

Thomas Jefferson

Extinction Rebellion is our best chance to bringing climate change into everyday language; it needs to be on everybodies lips, we need to be talking about it every day.

The next two weeks of disruption in London aims to be the spark the lights the tinder. The public needs to seize the narrative away from this corporate catastrophe and together we can evolve a new society that restores diversity and abundance to the earth. We know how to do it. Permaculture, co-operation, organic, solar powered we have to accelerate to the only future that can sustain us.

We are not innocent bi standers, the general public has obligations, . and if they are not performing their obligations then it is justifiable to disturb the population. Failing enact their social obligations to maintain and sustain a democratic and civilized society is a dereliction of social duty. We are trying to mobilize the general public

Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion

Extinction rebellion are asking three things

  • 1: Full disclosure of climate science, lets talk realistically about this crisis we are in
  • 2: Develop policies in line with science and the agreements we have made
  • 3: Form General citizens assemblies to hold governments to account and to involve everyone in shaping a sustainable future.

videos: Calls to Action and an extended interview with Roger Hallam of XR

Jonathon Porritt calls to rebellion

Extinction rebellion is here. The next 2 weeks are going to be a turning point in our collective history

different voices, same message
Emma Thompson speaks out
Why public disruption is necessary

PDC: Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, 6 weekends

The dates for the first weekend is set for 16th and 17th of March and we will negotiate the remaining dates with the group on the first weekend.

Times: Saturday 9.30 – for 10.00 am start until 5.30 pm
Sundays 9.30 – for 10.00 am start until 4.00 pm
Meet at Dragons, for coffee from 9.30, Llanrhaeadr High Street or Llanrhaeadr Village Hall, Back Chapel street from 9.50

Lunch is bring and share + soup and sourdough provided by Sector39

This page will be updated with more course info when available

Please consider making a donation to Ramadam Mutebi in support of this course. Rama is a PDC graduate in Uganda from 2017 and has amde significant contributions to his community since. We really hope to support him to achieve very much more.

Rama with Grace and Amy back in 2017. His colleague Prince Sebe Maloba is in the pale blue shirt

https://www.gofundme.com/ramadhanmutebi?sharetype=teams&member=1591190&rcid=r01-155170852751-33643049f64e4309&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Radio Mfangano

Permaculture in Central Africa

(this is an early announcement of a course we are currently developing and seeking funding for, if you are interested to hear more please contact us after May 1st 2019)

As a design system for food security, sustainable livelihood and land regeneration permaculture directly addresses many of the challenges faced by farmers, urban communities as well as displaced people throughout Africa. Permaculture theory is easy to learn and to apply, draws heavily on local experience and resources and is spreading like wildfire in East Africa. Permaculture is also a process of developing social cohesion whilst combining design skills with a consensus approach to problem solving.

Over the last 3 years Sector39, PRI-Uganda and PermoAfrica centre Kenya have been working closely to build a team of permaculture trainers, practitioners and teachers as well as demonstration plots and training hubs. With its young and vibrant population permaculture is being readily adopted and adapted by its enthusiasts. There are already many models and case studies to offer as building blocks to achieve much greater ambitions.

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Sector39 team with project members at Maaji refugee settlement Uganda

We are proposing a two, 2 -week courses in November/ December 2019, the fist in Kumi, Eastern Uganda and the other on Mfangano Island, Homa Bay, Kenya.

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Kumi – 12 day full PDC in English language.  Permaculture for teachers, community leaders and pioneers.

Mfangano – 12 day full PDC in Luo, Swahili and English. Permaculture for community transformation and teacher development.

This second course is especially aimed at Homa bay area aspiring permaculture teachers and practitioners and especially Mfangano islanders who are farmers, teachers and community leaders.

Partnership

  • Sector39

S39 is UK based and leading permaculture training enterprise with over 2 decades of experience and with 3 years experience working Uganda.  We are involved in teaching permaculture for schools, teachers and community leaders in UK and Uganda and also for refugees and displaced people. We have recently competed a 6 month contract for the Norwegian Refugee Council delivering training to refugee and host community members in the Western Nile region.

  • PRI-UG.

PRI-Uganda is a non-profit organization whose major objective is to empower individuals and communities to undertake sustainable Agriculture and Culture using the Permaculture Approach. We work in close partnership developing appropriate training experience and outcomes

Permaculture Research Institute Uganda

  • PermoAfrica Centre

Founded by Paul Ogola who was a graduate from the first Uganda PDC with Sector39 in 2016. PermoAfrica are a training organization based in Homa Bay, Kenya. They reach out across their local farming community to train, support and develop capacity for permaculture farming and demonstration.

Paul has developed his own training centre, PermoAfrica as well as a strong local network of farmers he has trained with his team

Homa bay permaculture group

PermoAfrica centre

  • EK-FM

EK-FM is a community radio broadcaster based on Mfangano Island. Their core listener-ship covers the island and reaches the lake shore communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. They broadcast daily in Luo and Swahili reaching up to 300,000 listeners.

  • Dolen Ffermio

Wales/ Uganda farmers support link. Dolen have been a supportive partner to our interests in permaculture in east Africa since 2011 and are based in hte same rural area of Mid Wales as Sector39.

Dolen Ffermio