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Permaculture Ethics

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Permaculture Touchstone

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Teaching Permaculture as if it Mattered

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Scott Pittman teaching permaculture

The Permaculture Diploma in Education is the most difficult one to earn. It is difficult because one has to know the enormous wealth of permaculture material from soup to nuts.  One has to have competence in all the various methods and techniques of implementation of the Permaculture Design – for a site, community, project or any other application.  It is not enough to read all the books, get all the plant lists, assemble handouts, provide […]

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My Journey to Permaculture

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I came to permaculture, in a very convoluted way, through my friend Ali Sharif,(now a renowned permaculture activist and organizer, working in Mozambic, Africa).   We became friends when I was helping him find a small farm to purchase, and later to remodel an old adobe house. One day Ali asked me to watch his place while he went to a training program called permaculture. Ali didn’t make clear what this training was all about, and […]

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Online Permaculture Design Certificate Course?

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Some online classes – whatever the subject – are well done and effective when presented via the internet.  There is also some knowledge that is too complex and nuanced to be transmitted electronically. Teaching and learning are two poles of a single objective – furthering of knowledge and

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Online permaculture courses or learning in person?

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Here is a (video) conversation for curious minds: Joe Moore of the Permaculture Salad talks with Scott Pittman whether or not learning permaculture via online courses is a viable option to gaining adequate knowledge, connecting to other practitioners and permaculture students, creating a valuable human experience. How much value do we put towards interpersonal aspects of learning, of experiencing “The Other”, of creating human space for inspiration and sharing?

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Teaching permaculture in Costa Rica

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Costa Rican permaculture practitioners gain experience attending first Permaculture Teacher Training retreat that ever took place in Costa Rica. Seven permaculture practitioners, teachers and activists gathered at a permaculture demonstration site in Iscazu, Costa Rica in January 2014. Scott Pittman led the five-day long retreat with a focus on methods and approaches of teaching permaculture, permaculture practice standards and ethics. This is a very important step in the evolution of permaculture  movement in Costa Rica. […]

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