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Re: IS anyone out there?
Questions (more given > more received)
What are you hoping to offer these people?
What are they expecting?
What are the problems that are at the forefront of
Can you have a follow up event that allows people
to do some reflecting/research and then get back
What setting will the workshop take place in?
How long is the workshop?
sound like the student/PCist ration is 25:1, and
one day to boot.
The real challange may well be in peoples
Are these people thinking "what can Pc do for the
margins of my organic farming business?"
There is the difference between what you want to
teach and what the individual experiences. What
are these people going to be doing with their gray
matter for the 6-16 hours you are together.
Start by telling what you what to do, how you want
to do it, why your way is important and what
difference you want to make in their way of
thinking, then see if the format suits the
students. Democratic education does not mean lack
of leadership, but it does mean that the process
is as important as the content.
Morning: Have pictures, slides, topos of your
site, lots of pens and a role of low impact paper
(roll ends from newspaper presses work great)
present theory through applied examples. Give a
condensed pack of printed information with large
margins and let people break into smaller groups
and analyse your theory, rip it apart and put it
back together. Most people rely on lecture format
to much. I can read faster and with greater
clarity then you can talk. Get to know why these
people are there. Deconstruct the kinds of
systems they are living in. Brainstorm the
problems they percieve and use them for part II.
Afternoon Evening: A series of design problems
and reveiw sessions. One excercise in group
process i have used is assigning roles, people can
sort themselves based on percieved dispositions,
so as to have diverse design teams. (1 person
finds everything wrong, one person thinks up new
ideas, one person records and asks questions...)
Or give each person a principle that they are
responsible for advocating in the small group
design session. Run it fast, and have the same
problem attacked by several groups, then give
presentations, make sure every participant has a
chance to play every role.
Finish with social (music and food) contra dance?
Paul Cereghino - email@example.com - Tokyo
From: Mark and Kelly Ludwig
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>;
permaculture list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Saturday, December 19, 1998 12:45 PM
Subject: Re: IS anyone out there?
>Perhaps I'm not being clear, I know how to run a
dairy, I'm fishing for ideas,
>examples and resources beyond my expertise for a
workshop to be given to a broad
>range of organic farmers, not just dairy folks.
>As to what to do with Emily's garden space, I
gather you won't have much time to
>invest in this space this year. For this reason
most typical veggies will fail to
>thrive due to weeds. I would cover crop your
>maybe in buckwheat or hairy vetch and get it
prepped for next year. The only
>veggies that come to mind that will make it
relatively untended are winter
>squashes, jerusalem artichokes or possibly
tomatoes or other transplanted crops if
>you mulch um and cage um before you abandon them.
You could consider growing
>grain crops in this space if you are willing to
thrash them next fall.
>"Emily St.Clair -olive-" wrote:
>> Hi, i also did not want to reply to your post
either, because i do not
>> have any interest in dairy, since i am vegan.
>> anyway, i have been listening to what everyone
has to post for a
>> while, and have not contributed anything,
because i was just trying to
>> find out stuff about permaculture.
>> But, i want to see if i can get some help here.
This spring, my
>> parents are giving me 1/4 of their garden
(which will be about 500 sq.
>> ft.) to plant whatever i like and however i
like. i am a college
>> student and will be in school over the summer,
so will not have a
>> tremendous amount of time to spend in the
garden, but nevertheless, i
>> am planning on having raised beds and following
>> guidelines. I have a book that i am reading
right now, called "how to
>> grow more vegetables... on less land than you
ever thought possible"
>> (or something like that). Anyway, i would like
to get some suggestions
>> on how to start. this book says that compost is
a very important step,
>> but since i am just starting this year, i have
no compost, and my
>> parents are not being helpful, it is really up
to me. Also, i want to
>> record my progress and problems here to see if
anyone has any advice,
>> i need a lot of help!
>> well, hope to hear from anyone soon.
>> ...olive :)
>> ---"permaculture-mg Conference @ txinfinet.com"
>> <XINCLXpermacultureemail@example.com> wrote:
>> > firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> > >HELLO! is this an active list or what? No
one wants to tell me
>> > >to say to 50 farmers? The news ain't worth
watching, lets get back to
>> > >saving the world here.
>> > It's not super-active... and things tend to
slow down online around
>> > anyway. Permies are not well known for
being particularly active
>> online to
>> > begin with, so give it a week or so before
you get impatient.
>> > I am not personally familiar with dairy
production, so I don't feel
>> > particularly qualified to address your
>> > BC
>> > --
>> > Bill Christensen
>> > email@example.com
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