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Gerald Henderson
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Hi there! I teach a high school science class and I'm trying to work in permaculture wherever possible. Any recommendations or free resources you know of? I have the flexibility of creating my own curriculum, which is nice!
 
dara finnegan
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I think fermentation of foods is an excellent way to teach about bacteria,acids and how they work in stages to ferment and create health in our bodies. Especially how these fermented foods react when unwanted viruses enter our bodies.
 
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I think permaculture is the backbone for all science since it is the language of nature.

Free Resources:

GeoffLawton.com is superb for videos that are short & spark interest in a variety of subjects.
Youtube has a few gems but is getting saturated with low quality videos & sometimes questionable science.
Archive.org has many permaculture gems from Bill Mollison (but be aware that some folks are confused as to how Fair Use law works so be aware that 'educational purposes' is a wide umbrella).


It is quite hard to get good resources; that's why there's such a cost associated with them. I've been creating resources lately because there's a huge demand & no one is providing clear, academic references for how to LIVE sustainable science. That's what my books seek to do.
 
Gerald Henderson
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Thanks guys - I'll definitely do some fermentation projects and use some of those videos. We've been reading Thoreau and keeping nature journals. One of the students said today, "the more we study these plants the smarter we get." Simple yet profound I thought!
 
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Do you know that a mother plant will record the entire seasons temperatures and use that data for determining how much protein to put on her seeds so they will germinate at the right time? Cool huh?
 
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Hey so I am working on volumes 2 & 3 of the Permaculture Student series for high school. 1 is for middle schoolers through adult learners.

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Projects:

- a 50w camping gassifier that costs less than $100 to make (Troy Martz is working with me on this one)*
- cardboard inoculation with oyster mushrooms
- water kefir powered vehicles (my son's idea )*
- biofertilizer
- butchering & quartering & preserving a pig with salt
- genetics beyond Mendelian conceptions
- plant breeding
- tree grafting
- rooting cuttings
- growing a food forest & monitoring & recording its environmentally moderating effects

Everything on here is in my course & books unless it has an *

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