A permaculture Journey - my portfolio

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I have many people to thank for steering me on this incredible journey, permaculture has already taken me places and drawn me to many people I would never have encountered otherwise. The journey began by buying a piece of cheese from Graham Metlerkamp and then meeting his friend Kevin Hough in bar in remote village in Zimbabwe, funny how things go.

My first permaculture training was at the Fambidzanai centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, back in 1991, I had arrived in Zimbabwe as a  tourist and ended up spending two years working on permaculture projects and developing a life long interest and passion for it.

From first contact in Chimanimani,  in 1990 to the present here in Wales it has been a long and winding road and it will take some time to record the events on this blog, so I am starting with my current work.

  • Dairy plot and Heaven Lodge, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
  • Rising Sun Arts Centre and Shoestring Cafe Reading
  • Chickenshack Housing co-operative, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Centre for Alternative Technology and Permaculture Association, Wales
  • Reading international Solidarity centre, Roof Garden
  • Cwm Harry and Get-Growing, Newtown, Powys
  • One School One Planet, Cae Bodfach, Llanfyllin, Powys
  • Dragons co-operative, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant
  • Sector39, permaculture teaching and project development
  • Academy of permaculture, Treflach farm, Shropshire

I created Sector39 in the early 2000’s as way to bring people with similar interests together under the banner of permaculture and to think about how we could most effectively accelerate its adoption. We developed a ‘PDC for Pioneers’ running these 12 courses most often in pioneering venues, community projects, farms, fields, co-ops and the like.

As we become more established i guess we have become more mainstream engaging with an ever wider audience including schools and adult education groups, agricultural shows, community projects, churches and cathedrals, refugees and pioneering teachers in East Africa.

The S39 Academy of Permaculture stands as a testament to the skills and dedication of the members of the network and the many 1000’s of people it has now touched.

 Every day I am more convinced of the importance and relevance of permaculture as a unifying idea that can enable humanity to make what I see as an evolutionary step.
Steven Jones
S39 Director and founder