I’d like to offer a work exchange PDC, inspired by the Permashare model.
I’ve met people who did a PDC with this model and the students are beautiful, exuberant and wonderful contributors to permaculture. As Meg McGowan, their teacher/mentor says, it would be such a shame to the community if they had never had a chance to do a PDC.
It would be an equal exchange, an hour of work for an hour of teaching.
I see it going for approximately 26 weeks (if it’s one day per week.)
I’d like to keep participants at below 6. (Partly so that any future covid restrictions don’t affect us that much, and partly to keep my sanity, my house is a small cottage.)
It would be a full course, delivered by me, with assignments, hands on activities, loads of discussion and some heavy theory. I plan to have tours of exemplary permaculture sites, and I may be able to convince some guests to host an afternoon or two.
I’m currently renting and have a full house, so at this time I can’t offer a residential course.
I’m working full time so can only offer a course on Mondays. (There is the possibility of every second weekend… I have every second weekend off.)
I envisage 3 to 4 hours working in the morning (while it’s cool) and 3 to 4 hours teaching in the afternoon. I’d love to have a shared lunch in between.
I have no food production systems in place, part of the reason why I’d be so so so appreciative of help in my (non-existant) garden. A lot of the work would include implementing and maintaining food gardens, helping set up composting systems, irrigation and so on. I’d love to extend my village’s community garden/verge gardens as well. There would also be harvesting, and food preparation and preservation.
You wouldn’t need horticulture or gardening knowledge, I’ll be working alongside you, i would expect a willingness to work outside with me and a willingness to take the course content seriously.
It would be great if you lived in Brisbane, even better if you were able to catch public transport, bike or walk to my place. (I’m 1km from a train station on the Ipswich line and there’s a bus stop on the corner.)
I’ve been teaching on PDCs since 2015. I’ve facilitated many workshops on gardening and composting.
I’m a qualified horticulturist. I’ve worked in the nursery and gardening industry since 2009.
I just finished Teaching permaculture for teachers workshop at NSCF with Ro Morrow. (And left so inspired and itching to teach for myself.)
I’ve worked with Northey Street, and Permaqueer.
I’ve done multiple PDCs.
I’m allergic to PowerPoint.
Why I’m doing this:
My garden is a disgrace and I really do need help. Seriously, I’m embarrassed to say I’m a permaculture practitioner, let alone a horticulturist, eek.
I started working full time last year (who knew I was an essential worker?) and now I’m incredibly time poor, I want to teach workshops and courses AND I want my house and garden to be a wonderful productive example of applied permaculture. However, I can’t do both. The problem is the solution right? I’ll just do both at the same time!!