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by Faheemah Luqman
Join us at Blue Paradise Farms in Friendship District, Westmoreland, Jamaica this March for a fun-filled yet educational Permaculture Design Course!
We are kicking off the development of this organic farm-cum-training center with a Permaculture course.
The course will be lead by the dynamic, inspirational, well regarded and eminently qualified, international Permaculture instructor Peter Cow.
Peter is experienced in working in hot, warm and cold temperature zones.
Just back from the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba, he has spent time learning about their systems.
Peter is a consultant for several communities and projects and is part of the UK Permaculture Association's ‘Education Working Group’, assisting in advancing quality Permaculture education in the UK.
He is also an assessment level tutor in the British Permaculture Diploma system and a member of the team setting up the Portuguese Permaculture Diploma.
His impressive portfolio includes designs for low impact building constructions, land management, perennial gardening and events.
Permaculture is a branch of ecology encompassing organic farming, site surveying, Permaculture design and other subjects which the students will be learning and which will aid the development of the site which is 15 acres of former sugar cane plantation.
The course promises to be a great eye opener for those who have never come across Permaculture before and will tackle such crucial issues as Water Management Systems and Soil Techniques.
Jamaica may be neglectful of one of the country's most valuable resource i.e agriculture, however the concept of "Eat what you grow- Grow what you eat" is very much in line with Permaculture thinking.
Peter will emphasize this with the start of the design and planting of a food forest on the property.
This course (which includes food) will not not be all work as there will be opportunities to meet like-minded people and make friends, a Talent Show and Closing Celebration etc.
We even have a professional Jamaican chef on board! Chef caters for vegetarians, vegan and meat eaters.
Are you concerned about genetically modified crops (GM crops), the harmful chemicals used in modern-day food production, the fact that Jamaica "the land of wood and water" is now importing wood, water and the majority of our food?
Then you are strongly advised to attend this course as Permaculture addresses these and a host of dangers threatening the health and well-being of present and future generations.
Note: Please bring a sleeping tent as course facilities will be basic; the site is as yet undeveloped.
On successful completion of the full course, participants receive the Permaculture Association (Britain) certified permaculture design course certificate.
Following the course, there will be an optional Permablitz comprising of 2 additional days in which we physically develop the smallholding with the participation of interested locals.
Join us in showing how Permaculture can regenerate a neglected sugarcane plantation in Westmoreland, Jamaica and spread Permaculture thinking in the island.
Full Course US $170.00
Intro to Permaculture (March 13-14) US $100.00
Residential Jamaicans are given the option of attending the first 2 days (i.e. March 13-14) which forms the Introduction to Permaculture course and is not certified or attending the Full Permaculture Design Certificate Course which is certified.
Full Course £400.00
Intro to Permaculture:
Full PDC Course: 5:00 pm, 13th March – 8:30 pm onwards, 23rd March
Departures: Morning of 24th March
Optional Permablitz: 25-26th March 2014
Email: blueparadisefarms (@) gmail.com (Remove brackets and spaces.)
UK Mobile: 0743 207 2677
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