One School One Planet Podcast
Hosting conversations on the fertile edges of permaculture, ecology and education.
This week Steve and Jack are back at Cae Bodfach Community Orchard to catch up with conservation educator Dewi Morris and Emyr Jones, leader of the GCSE Land-Based Studies course at Llanfyllin High School.
Dewi explains how the community orchard has developed over the last four years and why Afon Cain is so important to migrating Atlantic Salmon. Emyr suggests that if we are to stay living and working in the countryside into the future, we are going to have to radically alter our agricultural practices and how we educate the next generation of farmers.
Discussions centre on the idea of guilds and systems, and around understanding how our actions (no matter how small) have an impact on both a local and global scale.
This week Steve and Jack discuss the progress that has been made over the weekend at the Cae Bodfach Community Garden with students from the 2017-18 Chester Cathedral PDC.
They are then joined by Lusi Alderslowe, who co-ordinates the Permaculture Association’s ‘Children in Permaculture Project.’ They discuss the origins of the project, the importance of permaculture education in schools, and the process of getting permaculture into the mainstream curriculum in Scotland.
Lusi is co-author of the soon-to-be-published ‘Children in Permaculture Manual: Inspiring Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education.’
The episode concludes with an outline of a plan to report back from the upcoming permaculture convergence (PDCUG18) Steve and colleagues are organising at Sabina School in Rakai, Uganda. The school was one of the first in the region to adopt permaculture principles in its grounds, curriculum and all-round ethos.
In Episode 2, Steve and Jack talk about how permaculture education works, and how the permaculture approach can be incorporated into the mainstream education system.
Our guest on this week’s show is Claire Henderson Davis, Contemporary Performance Artist and Theologian in Residence at Chester Cathedral. Claire talks about her background in performance and theology, and her experience convincing Chester Cathedral to implement permaculture principles on its grounds.
Steve and Jack then wrap up with an overview of the work of the current Chester Cathedral PDC.
In the first episode Steve Jones and Jack Hunter discuss the work they are doing at Cae Bodfach Community Orchard with students from Llanfyllin High School.
The conversation moves to explore permaculture principles, ecology, worms and consciousness.
Also included in this episode is an interview with Steve Pickup, founder of The Willow Bank, and specialist in willow cultivation, who talks about the benefits of hands-on participation in the ancient craft of willow weaving.