Here and There

Reports from near and far

Ethiopia PDC Bury PDC Todmorden Asmelash Dagne Angus Soutar

In this issue, we have an update from Asmelash Dagne and reports from Angus Soutar on the PDC's in Broadbottom, Bury and at Todmorden.

Asmelash Dagne (DipPermDes) writes:

I was back in Germany for agriculture Alumni workshops. The focus was on transformation of tropical agriculture and paradigm shift. Looking at best practice and traditional knowledge for creating resilience for small scale farmers. I also conducted two workshops.

Workshopat Flamingo Farm
Workshop at flämingo farm, Brandenburg, Germany
Workshop in Germany Workshop in Germany
Soil, compost and building a drought-resistant bed Permaculture design and Environmental Resource management
at flämingo farm training at SoliLe e.V. Verein für Solidarisches Leben

I am now back in Ethiopia where there is a lot happening. I have been to the south of the country, training farmers on Permaculture and Agroforestry for Sustainable Development of people and nature in Southern Ethiopia.

Asmelash training group
Permaculture and Agroforestry in Southern Ethiopia

I am also working at the Gamole Permaculture training centre located in southern Ethiopia

Asmelash growing
Permaculture "Zone one" garden at Gamole Permaculture training centre

And there is an invitation for you to visit our training centre!

Asmelash training centre
Farmers visiting and learning at Gamole Permaculture training centre
Editor's note: It has been four years since Asmelash visited us and gained his diploma from our North Britain Institute. He is in demand as a permaculture trainer and energy consultant in Ethiopia and in Germany. You can contact him through the Northern School alumni telegram group. Asmelash at Manchester Road

PDC at Manchester Road Community Centre

The main road outside the Centre is usually streaming with traffic as it rushes from Prestwich through to Bury town centre. Once off the road, however, the suburban environment throws up many surprises and there is layer upon layer of history covering the wonderful geography of this corner of the world where the River Roche meets the Irwell.

We are grateful to the small team at the Centre: Jack, Paul, Mike and supporters who keep the wondeful old building alive so we can enjoy the calm studio space. It seems to stimulate our wide-ranging discussions and its original purpose as a school seems to stimulate our learning.

Permaculture Design Group Manchester Road Community Centre
Permaculture design group, Bury Manchester Road Community Centre, Bury

PDC at Todmorden Community Hub

As we have at Bury, there is some pleasure in working at "Tod College". It's a well-designed, purpose-built study space. Todmorden Community Hub is proving a great venue and it's good to feel part of a community.

Todmorden Community Hub Permaculture Design Course
Todmorden Permaculture Design Darren Roberts Permaculture Design Warland Farm

News in brief

This issue carries tributes to Saleema Imam who died peacefully on the 26th of August after a short illness. Please see our Obituary section.

There will be a memorial service and celebration for Saleema at 2.00 pm on Saturday 25th November at Highfield Trinity Church, London Road, Shefield S2 4UR, and afterwards at the Church Hall (bring food to share).

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