Workshops & Talks
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The Home Forage Garden
Saturday 28th March – 2-5 pm
Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum,
Bohemia Road, Hastings
A forage garden gives you a backbone of easy to grow food that gets more abundant as time goes on. It focuses mainly on fruit trees, soft fruits, perennial vegetables and herbs. It has less emphasis on annual vegetable growing.
This kind of garden will help you grow some of the things that are expensive and hard to find in the supermarket. Many fruits are hard to find because they have a short shelf life- but the best shelf- is in the garden!
This short workshop will address:-
What plants to choose, where to put them and how to do it ….so that you can walk around your garden and come back with things to eat.
We will start at the Durbar Hall and then walk to Bohemia Walled Garden (5-10 mins) and have a look at a home forage garden in process.
The Permaculture Orchard
Sunday 26th April – 1-5 pm
Fairlight, East Sussex
A Permaculture Orchard does not use chemicals, but relies on planting other plants that help the trees to grow. It creates a stable ecosystem that is good for pollinators and other beneficial insects and builds in long term solutions for the fertility of your trees.
This workshop will cover: planning where trees should go, how to work out the sizes and spacing, what varieties to choose and what else to plant in your orchard.
It will be a more technical workshop. It is for people who are regenerating old orchards organically (garden orchards included) or are setting up a new orchard and have a good understanding of gardening.
We will walk around a real example of a permaculture Orchard where simple techniques will be explained and the process about planting one will be clear to see.
Permaculture orchards can be planted in the back of a large garden, strips of land in the community, larger fields or some allotment situations (where fruit trees are allowed).
Gateway to Permaculture
Saturday 16th May – 11 am-3:30 pm
Fairlight, East Sussex
An intro to the intro!- This taster day is for people totally new to permaculture. This will give an overview of concepts, where all the ideas originated and how it has been manifesting around the world since the 70’s.
We will explore how and why it is so pertinent when thinking about climate change, how it is a useful tool to start living in more sustainable ways and how it helps us think more ecologically.
It will show and explain how permaculture can be applied not only to landscapes, but to households, businesses, community groups or indeed any type of project.
This course is designed as a leveller to prepare for the Intro to Permaculture Designing Skills, which needs a certain amount of background information about permaculture in order to attend.
Intro to Permaculture Designing Skills
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May – 11 am-5 pm
Fairlight, East Sussex
For who people who would like to experience a small design process and learn how to use the design web by looby Macnamara. During the weekend you will be able to focus on your own Project.
This course assumes you already know a bit about permaculture- been to an intro or taster day. Equally if you have done some prolonged reading, ‘you tube’ watching or googling about the subject matter and are keen to learn how you can use the framework and principles and practices of permaculture to come up with a design of your own. In this case it would be a ‘learn-through-doing’ experience.
It would also be helpful for those with a PDC or diploma to learn about the design web whilst being guided through a design process, as if it were a tutorial.
Past Events & Workshops
Anna loves going out into the field and giving talks about any subject area of permaculture that your group would like.
Feel free to call and chat through any ideas for an event you are planning.
Here is a flavour of what some recent talks have been:
Bohemia Walled Garden Association
2017 Chelsea Fringe Festival – What is Permaculture?
2017 Plot Holders Gathering – Why designing your plot is so important
Pett Village Horticultural Society – Monthly Meeting – Permaculture- a general overview.
Hastings Transition Town – Hosted ‘Sustainable Food Talk’ with Patrick Holden
Tribal Earth Festival – Why Permaculturalists Want to Design Everything!
National Permaculture Convergence, Manchester – How to Approach the Bigger Design
Sustainability on Sea, Public Event – Permaculture in the Garden
Marina Allotments Association – Permaculture for Allotments
Bohemia Walled Garden Association- People Power Celebration- Forage Garden on a Budget
Sustainability on Sea, Public Event- The Home Forage Garden
Marina Allotments Association- Plants for Pollinators
Anna regularly gives workshops about ‘How to Plant a Forage Garden’, ‘Permaculture for Allotments’, ‘How to Grow Organic Food from Seed’ and many other topics- just ask.
The main way to start a permaculture journey is to attend an Introduction Course.
Because designing is so pertinent to permaculture- Anna’s intro course focuses on this- learning the basic skills of permaculture design.