Over recent years the permaculture network has been much more focused on developing its farming and research work. Both strands are coming together now with practical on-site soil and biodiversity tests and a research handbook available to support practitioners to integrate research methods into their practice. This session will give a brief overview of work to date, and explore how farming, learning and research can be brought together within farms to enhance learning and improve documentation and dissemination. We will do this by looking at two case studies, and hosting a wider discussion into the question of how farmers can be better supported to
drive research and innovation.
Andy is the Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association where he supports and encourages the development of farming and research work in the Association and wider network.
Marina a permaculture tutor and trainer, runs the Apricot centre based on a four acre site in Essex. She produces organic food in a permaculture designed system and sells her produce at the Growing Communities Market in London. The centre also delivers training and a well being strand of work. In collaboration with the Biodynamic Land Trust Marina is currently involved in scaling up the Apricot centre to develop a new 34 acre site in Dartington South Devon, weaving together permaculture design, biodynamic practices and agroforestry, to produce food, training and well being project.
Hannah has a BSc Environmental Studies from Manchester University and an MSc in Organic Farming from Scottish Agricultural College. Her first experiences of permaculture were in New Zealand on a range of abundant, stunningly beautiful permaculture small holdings. Hannah is now a permaculture farmer, mother and teacher. She has been developing an 18 acre permaculture demonstration small farm in South Lincolnshire for the last four years, taking it from an exhausted, depleted, heavy clay arable field to an abundant diverse polyculture.