"“Perhaps there is no greater thing we can do for our children than to ensure they receive their birthright, a love and understanding of nature and a knowledge of their place in it.” "

Janet Millington

Permaculture Education for Children

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Why is Permaculture being taken up by so many schools around the world?

kids digging

Permaculture is about all aspects of human interaction with the environment. For many reasons, including the reduction of open space and the issues relating to the safety of children and the advances in computers, those afternoons of running free with nature have all but ceased for most children today.

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Finland workshops

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Finland TeamSo what did we offer to teachers in Finland when we had so much to learn from them? They needed some ideas on how to link a school garden with the curriculum and how to keep the learning going even when the ground outside was frozen. Below is  their brainstorm of what can be done all year in and about the garden.  Their peak growing season is their school holidays. We discovered strategies together to overcome that and also how to use other resources during the winter. They were able to extend the growing season by following the routines and practices of their culture in the past and designed lessons on wild harvests and preserving food by canning, bottling, drying,salting and smoking.

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Outdoor Classrooms in Slovenia, May 2016

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sloveniaTrain the Teachers course 27th May to 2nd June 2016 in Slovenia.

  • The training will start on Friday 27th May 2016 in the evening in Ljutomer.
  • From Saturday till Tuesday Janet Millington  and Carolyn Nuttall will lead workshops (content listed below).
  • Wednesday is peer-led learning, hands-on practice with children in a local school with an outdoor classroom and a closing party. Peer-led learning will include presentations on the Reggio Emilia Approach and Neohumanist Education.
  • Thursday 2nd of June we will tour around Slovenia to visit relevant sites and projects. The course will finish at 17:00 in Ljubljana.
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Janet talks to the Children in Permaculture Project

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janetmtmollyJanet Millington and Carolyn Nuttall are touring  to Europe in May 2016  to hold a series of workshops on how to engage children in permaculture. Here is an interview Janet did with www.childreninpermaculture.com

Where do you see the highest value of permaculture?
Permaculture has gathered together, trialed, refined, and improved practices that can reduce the rate at which we use Earth’s resources and how we can regenerate the land we have damaged. It is the only ethically based approach to production and restoration and is in my opinion the only choice for a quality lifestyle for future generations.

 

What is your story of engaging children in permaculture? How long have you been doing it?

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