The session was described as:
Prison Abolition & Permaculture
How can we re-design our ‘criminal justice’ system? How does the prison system harm our communities and what role does permaculture play in designing and building alternatives? Ex-prisoner, Nicole Vosper, will introduce the prison industrial complex before participants collectively explore if permaculture has a role to play and how in reducing harm in our society.
What went well?
The workshop was really well attended. There was a lot of existing knowledge in the room, with some people having worked in healthcare relating to prisons, for example. This contributed greatly to group conversations and thinking around if permaculture can play a role in moving society away from prisons. There was definite consensus that prisons are harmful and that permaculture has an important role in supporting communities meet their own needs without the state from the grassroots up.
I normally introduce the ideas of prison abolition over a two hour session. This allows everyone to participate more fully, give more thought to the complexities and un/learn some of ideas of what abolition means as a long term goal and way of organising now. Therefore the biggest challenge was simply only having an hour together to connect some of the dots!
However, overall I was really pleased with how the workshop went. I think its a good move for a movement that is working for social justice and ecological regeneration.
For anyone more interested in the politics & practice of prison abolition visit: www.prisonabolition.org
Do you seek to live compassionately without the unnecessary exploitation of people, animals and the environment? Are you concerned about climate change, peak oil and future generations? Are you interested in changing how we interact with other species, ecosystems and our human communities?
Then this full permaculture design course is for you.
The course will be covering universal permaculture ethics, principles and design methods, however please note the focus will be on non-animal based and stock-free systems & alternatives to animal exploitation.
The broad curriculum introduces all aspects of regenerative design and living in a participatory & enlivening way through group work, design practice, practicals & site visits. Areas of learning include the permaculture design process, surveying skills, soils, kitchen gardening, climate & microclimate, agroforestry & forest gardening, energy, water & sewage management, sustainable economics, bioregionalism, community organising, systems thinking, sustainable building, energy & transport plus much more…
Course Dates & Location
Part one: 28 June – 2 July Part two: 2 – 6 August 2014
Brook End, is a 4 acre smallholding and LAND demonstration centre designed & managed on plant-based permaculture principles 5 miles from Glastonbury in Somerset. Accomodation is camping, with hot showers, wood-fired sauna & beautiful local walks. Local B&Bs can be recommended. All catering will be vegan with as much as possible grown on site & sourced from local growers.
Lead Tutor Graham Burnett has been teaching permaculture since 1998, is a holder of the Diploma in Permaculture Design and author of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide and the forthcoming Vegan Book of Permaculture. He runs Spiralseed an ethical venture working in partnership with others who share concerns around social and environmental justice. www.spiralseed.co.uk
Supporting Tutor Nicole Vosper is a vegan organic grower, community organiser and permaculture practitioner based in Somerset. She sees land-based struggle & living as an essential step towards animal liberation. www.wildheartpermaculture.co.uk
£550 for 10 day course. There are also three 50% subsidised places & three expenses only places. Please enquire for more details.
This is a full Permaculture Design Course accredited by the Permaculture Association GB
How to Book
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Together we will share our experiences, learn new skills & create new knowledge in re-building our food system in Somerset & beyond.
Workshop One: Localising Food Systems
10 – 3, Street, Saturday 1st March 2014
Fruit Tree Planting, Care & Pruning • What is local food? What is Food Sovereignty? What does this mean and look like? • Introduction to community organising, communicating in groups & organising effective events
Workshop 2: Making Decisions Locally
10 – 3, Frome, Saturday 29th March 2014
Seed sowing & propagating plants • Making decisions in groups • Seed sovereignty & corporate control of seeds • Access to land
Workshop 3: Food for People
10 – 3, Bridgwater, Saturday 5th April 2014
Soil care • Food Poverty in Somerset & Injustices in our food system • Effective outreach & organising • Social diversity in our communities • How to start a Food Cooperative • Grassroots fundraising
Workshop 4: Valuing Food Providers
10 – 3, Glastonbury, Saturday 19th April 2014
Growing salads & vegetables • Scaling up food production & market gardening • Introduction to Community Supported Agriculture • Livelihoods for Growers • Starting a community garden
Workshop 5: Building Knowledge & Skills
10 – 3, Yeovil, Saturday 3rd May 2014
Growing soft fruit • Popular education • Organising skill sharing events • Sustaining healthy groups • Mentoring others
10 – 3, Minehead, Saturday 17th May 2014
Advanced soil care & fertility building • Introduction to ecological design • Introduction to alternative systems such as permaculture and agroecology
Somerset Community Food is also able to offer a maximum of 12 learners the opportunity to gain a qualification in Community Horticulture. This is
financially supported & contributions towards travel costs are also available.
The course is an APT (previously OCN) Level 2 Progression Award in Community Horticulture, which could become part of a longer certificate or diploma course.
The qualification will require additional work in compliment to these workshops. Participants will be encouraged to lead sessions as part of the grassroots workshops, developing their skills in popular education. There is also a strong action-learning element where learners reflect on their practice in a community food project over 5 months, starting in January.
To register your interest email: email@example.com
- Go round, why participating? What do you know of food sovereignty so far?
- Intro to myself
2. Food Sovereignty background
- Read first definition
- Emerged from movements in Global South, meeting in Belgium in1993, Forum 2007
- Via Campesina – representing 200 million peasants worldwide
- There are 6 principles that have been democratically decided from the bottom up
- Pairs or small groups – each given a principle. Work through questions, with time for feedback & group discussion:
- If this principle was made a reality in your community what would it look like?
- What are the barriers to achieving this principle?
- All principles interconnected – What other principles are necessary for yours to be achieved?
- Food is political – we need to see political relationships to achieve food sovereignty
- Need to act & organise
5. Go round of personal next steps