• Published: Aug 10th, 2013

PRI Konso, South Ethiopia to run 2 PDC-Internship Combos this coming September-October and December-January

Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge is pleased to announce we are running our 30th PDC in December 2013 and a IMG_48484-week Internship to follow in Dec/Jan 2013/14 at our site South Ethiopia. We are based in Konso, a semi-arid ethnic homeland in the southern Great Rift Valley. The unique Konso people are known for their terraced agriculture and have received UNESCO World Heritage Site status for their “Cultural Landscape” made up of their sophisticated mixed dry-land agriculture and their fortified hill-top villages. Despite their heroic efforts in yielding a living from the barren hills and their careful stewardship of the land, the Konso People still face a range of challenges such as deforestation, gradual environmental degradation, the labour burden on women and lingering food insecurity. Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge is the first active Permaculture demonstration site in the country, demonstrating a range of low-tech and low cost solutions to the challenges of working in the tough environment. We have also developed a local community outreach project training teachers and mobilising school communities to implement Permacultrue in their school compounds, providing income and food for the schools. We train more school teachers from participating schools alongside the international groups on each PDC we run, so, in line with the PRI Master Plan ethos, those who do PDCs with us are not only learning Permaculture but also supporting it’s spread in the local community of the area. Our PDC syllabus is PRI accredited and as such covers all the topics in the Designer’s Manual and equips the participant to design in all climate zones. The teaching has a solid scientific basis as well as being practically illustrated by a range of activities and design exercises throughout the course. However, given the setting, the focus will of course lean towards working in low tech situations and towards developmental issues. A field trip will be conducted to visit and assess the success of some of the school projects during the PDC. We also still have places available on the course we are running in September and the 4 week internship to follow in Sep/Oct 2013. There is still a few days left to get the early bird discount on that one… so, hope to see you in Konso.

  • Published: May 18th, 2013

PRI Accredited 72h Permaculture Design Course

PDC course

PDC course

This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from the  2nd – 14th of September, 2013, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge, Karat Konso, Ethiopia. It has a focus on the application of Permaculture to communities in the developing world; however as a PRI accredited PDC the syllabus covers all the major topics in Mollison’s Designer’s Manual and will equip participants with the conceptual tools to design for any bioregion.

The PDC will also be followed by a 4-week internship which will give participants the chance to gain practical experience of application of the knowledge and skills gained during the PDC. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Published: Jan 11th, 2013

Permaculture Design Course: Permaculture for the Rural African Environment, Konso, Ethiopia (April 2013)

This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from April 1st to 13th 2013, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It will have a special focus on the application of permaculture to communities in the developing world. It will involve practical demonstrations both form Strawberry Fields’ own model permaculture site and from school sites in the area which are participating in the Permaculture in Konso Schools Project. There will also be the chance to do field trips into other climate zones in the Ethiopian highlands.

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