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A Little Patch of Ground: Efford, Week 8

Permaculture and Products

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This week we used our time in the garden to explore permaculture principles that  we can see in action in the garden and within the group. Using the 12 principles of permaculture the group explored and searched the garden to find the best examples of ways the principles are  helping to shape the development of our garden.

Exploring permaculture principles in our garden

Exploring permaculture principles in our garden

Ranging from spotting the rain catching mushrooms, identifying companion plants and noticing how much of our food waste is being used in the wormery, the task gave the group a chance to really reflect on the many different processes occurring within our garden.

Harvesting and checking in with the plants

Harvesting and checking in with the plants

Some aspects were trickier to spot than others and we also noticed how some principles were also very true for our group and how we operate when we meet together each week.

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Harvesting  Strawberries

With the recent rain many of the plants had shot up and we also took the chance whilst outside to harvest many of the salad leaves (and also a few strawberries!) to accompany dinner.

Investigating products

Investigating products

Following the permaculture game we went inside and played the Permaculture Ethics game. Thinking back through the journey of a product, from production through to packaging, the group split into groups to discuss and  sort a variety of different products into three key categories.

Using the three core ideas behind permaculture- Earth care, People care and Fair share, the group discussed, debated and eventually tried to place the products into the category, if any, that they best fit.  The game provided for some interesting conversation, opinion and observation of products- it was interesting to see how some products weren’t quite what they first appeared to be!

Dinner this week

Dinner this week

Dinner this week was cooked by Jane, with help from Cherry.  She created a simple cottage pie and pasta with a ‘hidden vegetable’ sauce.  For dessert was a home made orange tart, victoria sponge and ice cream.  We were also able to taste a range of the salad leaves and edible flowers from our garden as a delicious side.

After dinner we watched short clips from two films, looking at pollination between plants and fungi. The films prompted some interesting discussions between people about the beautiful and interesting footage they had seen.

Discussing the films

Discussing the films

As the end of the project and the final Performance draws nearer – Wed July 16th, we began to think more about how we might share some of our experience, ideas, thoughts unearthed during the process so far.  We looked back at our ‘If I were a…’ sheets, picked out our favourite one and experimented with how we might read them out for the performance, this was the last task of the night, and time certainly flies when you’re having fun…….


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