Permaculture Taster Days


“Permaculture is an ethics-based, scientific design method that mimics nature.”- Geoff Lawton, Director, Permaculture Research Institute, Australia.

“Permaculture is a persistent system that supports human existence.”- Bill Mollison, co-originator of Permaculture, with David Holmgren.

“Permaculture is a revolution disguised as organic gardening.”- Mike Feingold.

Permaculture, the word, originated as the combination of “permanent” and “agriculture”. But, now can also mean “permanent” and “culture”. To the non-permaculturist (permie), what do all those words in the quotes above mean?

You could have found out by going on a weekend long “Introduction to Permaculture” course. Or, if you have the time and money, do a “Permaculture Design Course (PDC)”, which can be over 1 or 2 weeks full-time, or even spread part-time over a year. But what do you do if you have neither the time nor the money? Or if you were interested but did not want to commit to doing a PDC till you knew more. For many folks, even a week-end may be too much of an ask in terms of time and finance.

So, an idea was hatched in 2018 by Lampeter group members and permaculture teacher Angie Polkey. Why not a one day intensive course that will give a “taste” of the basic principles and practices of permaculture? This project was financed by the Lampeter Permaculture Group/Transition Llambed film group’s collections from its film nights. In order to reach as many people as possible, the fee was kept to £10 and free to students and people not in full time employment. The participant can then, if they were inspired by what they tasted, go on to acquire more permaculture education.

The second of the taster days happened at Denmark Farm in August 2019. So far, 34 adults and 2 children have taken part. At the 2019 Paramaethu Cymru/Permaculture Wales convergence, a working party got together to see how to take forward taster days. One idea is the Training the Trainers concept. Interested permies with lived permaculture experience and training could themselves be trained to teach Taster days and in that way spread permaculture even further. The “multiplier effect.” More news on this in the near future.

We live in “interesting times”. Change will happen. We can either let it happen chaotically or hopefully, we can design the change we want, permaculture-style.


Grŵp Paramaethu Llambed/Lampeter Permaculture Group/ Transition Llambed.