Permaculture Learning Pathway
 
Event type Description  Symbol
Permaculture Learning event The PermacultureLearning Pathway creates a timeline for specific training courses I have attended and various Permaculture contributions.
Project Portfolio event   The Permaculture Portfolio page provides a project description, brief, design process and lessons learnt from each project, together with photo galleries and documents that can be downloaded    
Permaculture Roadshow event   The Permaculture Roadshow page outlines some of my publications and community contributions.    
 
Year Event Type
1999 / 2000 Permaculture awareness
This journey commenced by reading Permaculture 1 by Bill Mollison and the Magic of Findhorn by Paul Hawkin.
2000 Permaculture Design Course (PDC) (UK)
The attendance of the PDC at Findhorn provided an excellent grounding to plan Permaculture projects, both small and large scale. (
Click here for PDC certificate).
2001 to 2009 Newlands Mashu Permaculture Learning Centre
This project was established as an NGO on a small "urban farm" to provide training courses in sustainable agriculture, extension support, and, agricultural development planning.
2003/04 Ndwedwe Organic Vegetable Project
The project entailed the development of some 8 ha of organic vegetable production for two groups of historically disadvantaged farmers within Ndwedwe Municipality, which included the formalisation of the two groups and the establishment of market linkages with organic retailers.
 
2003/04 Business Plan for the Development of Organic Farming in KwaZulu-Natal
The preparation of this business plan for the Department of Economic Development & Tourism outlined a holistic development process for some 60 Organic Small Grower Groups, that entailed training, site infrastructure, organic certification, marketing, logistics, institutional programme management, and, a pilot organic farm at Dube Trade Port, which is adjacent to the new King Shaka Airport.
 
2004 UK Permaculture Convergence
This event provided an opportunity for a short Permaculture design refresher course as well as attending interesting lectures.
2004 Permaculture Teaching & Facilitation Course PTFC) (UK)
This training enhanced teaching skills and also honed design skills.  The course also included some very creative ways to teach Permaculture. (
Click here for PTFC certificate).
2004 Ecovillage Experience Week at Findhorn (UK)
This experience provided deeper insight into sustainable settlements and was used to prepare better holistic plans for human settlements in my development type projects.
2005 onwards Mom’s Permaculture Garden
This is Mamma Gori’s small Permaculture home garden established to provide vegetables, herbs and some fruits for her family and friends.
2005 onwards Zulu Organics
Zulu Organics is a consortium comprising myself and 3 like minded NGOs that has been formed to provide a holistic one-stop shop development service to small scale emerging farmers.
2005 Amaoti Organic Farming Project
This was a planning project within a former Apartheid era buffer strip, but now zoned for agriculture, and encompassed some 60 ha of land averaging 200m in width and stretching along a 2,5km long stream. Some 330 allotments of 400 m2 each were proposed together with a Farmers Support Centre and 1000 homestead gardens within the surrounding communities.
 
2005 Bhambayi Organic Farming Project
This was a planning project for a 3,5 ha tract of land, which was previously an Apartheid era buffer strip, but is now zoned for agriculture. Some 50 allotments of 400 m2 each were proposed together with a Farmers Support Centre and 500 homestead gardens within the surrounding communities.
 
2005 Bhambayi Community Hall Permaculture Gardens
The project entailed the establishment of a Permaculture Garden at the Bhambayi Community Hall. This project is an element within the Bhambayi Organic Farming Project.
2005 The Application of Permaculture Design Concepts for Sustainable Housing Environments
This paper was presented at the Sustainable Built Environment Conference (SBE2005) and explained how Permaculture design principles can enhance the sustainability of human settlements.
 
2005 Earth Mother Organics
The network with Earth Mother Organics resulted in a reciprocal beneficiation wherein many small scale farmers were brought to visit the Earth Mother homestead in Assagay, Durban, in order to appreciate a flourishing Permaculture garden that provided much food security, whilst in return, I assisted Earth Mother Organics to prepare a business plan for their first shop in Hillcrest.
2005/06 Development of the Organics Industry in KwaZulu-Natal
This work followed through from several workshops jointly hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Economic Development who at the time were very keen to develop the organics industry in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.
 
2005/06 Development Plan for Organic Small Grower Groups in Ugu District Municipality
The project entailed the preparation of a Development Plan for the establishment of 7 Organic Small Grower Groups (SGGs) for some 286 small scale farmers covering a total area of some 135 ha.
 
2006 Sustainable Agriculture Workshop (RSA)
This training course given by Nutri-Tech Solutions in South Africa (
www.nutri-tech.com.au) provided invaluable insight regarding "fusion farming", which is a collection of all best practices from Permaculture, keyline designs, biodynamic farming, organic farming, geomancy, soil mineral health, and, personal health.

2006 Sustainable Rainwater Harvesting Designs for Community Based Organic Farming Projects 
This presentation was made at the Sustainable Built Environment Conference (SBE2006) and entailed a collection of rainwater harvesting designs from various projects, as well as a cost comparison.
 
2006 Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) at Findhorn (UK)
This learning experience provided further teaching skills to train ecovillage and sustainable development courses. The EDE is a United Nations endorsed training course that has been developed by GAIA Education (
www.gaiaeducation.org). (Click here for EDE certificate).

2007 Zuvuya Sustainability Outreach Centre
The planning and design of a Sustainability Outreach Centre based at the Zuvuya Ecovillage wherein aspects of sustainability, such as, natural building systems, alternative energy systems, ecotourism and organic farming are proposed as a means to demonstrate and teach to the nearby First and Third World communities the essentials of sustainable development.
 
2007 Cuba Cycle Trip
This cycle trip was inspired by the DVD "The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil", and provided an insight into the agrarian revolution that ought to sustain the post Peak Oil period.
 
2008 Marikana Housing Project
The planning for a sustainable housing settlement of some 4,500 houses for the labour force of London Mining Platinum Mining Company (LONMIN) at Marikana, Rustenberg.
 
2008 onwards Cuba Cycling experience and relevance to Peak Oil and Climate Change
This presentation was made usually following the showing of the DVD "The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil". The presentation included a slide show of the Cuba cycle experience and the relevance to Climate Change and Peak Oil. Several of these presentations have been made.
 
2008 onwards Permaculture Lectures
This is training material compiled for basic one-day introductory Permaculture courses and longer that unpack the Permaculture ethics, attitudes and design principles. The training material also includes a presentation of my Permaculture project experiences in South Africa that shows the depth and width of holistic Permaculture applications, especially on large scale development projects.
2008 to 2010 Dukuduku On-Site Resettlement Project
This is a multifaceted project which lends itself to being declared an Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP) whose underlying objectives are to strike a balance between livelihood improvements to some 4,200 households and biodiversity conservation, which project area is adjacent to, and also partly within, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
2008 onwards Wirikuta Sustainable Lifestyle Centre
This project is about "practicing the emergence of sustainable living within community" and entails the establishment and demonstration of a sustainable lifestyle on a rural property in Alverstone, Durban.
 
2008 onwards Strategic Framework for Sustainable
This is an ongoing self study and life experience project to keep abreast of cutting edge ideas and trends about human ecology in order to digest and synthesise these ideas into a coherent strategic framework for sustainability that is easy to understand.
 
2009 Strategic Development Plan for the Department of Agriculture Environment & Rural Development
The Dukuduku project experience was presented as a case study at the Department of Agriculture Environment & Rural Development (DAERD) Strategic Planning Workshop held in mid-July 2009. This presentation resulted in a call up by the DAERD to assist with the preparation of their Strategic Development Plan.
 
2009 Positive Energy 2 at Findhorn (UK)
This visit to Findhorn debated and workshopped the strategies required to mitigate against Climate Change and Peak Oil and provided a fertile ground to develop further ideas for sustainable development and planetary survival.
 
2009 Cedara Food Security Unit
The presentation of the Dukuduku project case study at the Department of Agriculture Environment & Rural Development (DAERD) Strategic Planning Workshop held in mid-July 2009, also resulted in a call up by the Cedara Agricultural College to assist with the re-establishment of their Food Security Unit. This entailed the presentation of a few lectures and the preparation of a Permaculture design framework for the 1ha food security site.
2009 Design Tutorial No.1 (UK)
This tutorial with my Permaculture supervisor, Hannah Thorogood, reviewed my Permaculture experience and provided much enthusiasm towards compiling my Permaculture webpage.
 
2009 onwards Wirikuta New Moon Centre – Itinerary for conversations that matter
Wirikuta is a place that "practices the emergence of sustainable living within community" and has put together an "itinerary for conversations that matter" as a way of sensitizing friends, neighbours and the greater community about sustainable lifestyles.
 
2010 Design Tutorial No.2 (UK)
This tutorial with my Permaculture supervisor, Hannah Thorogood, reviewed my Permaculture webpage under construction and provided invaluable advice into how to prepare for my Permaculture presentation for the diploma accreditation.

 
 
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