[permaculture] more on greenschooling

Primal Parent primalparent at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 15 02:07:20 EDT 2007


for the past five months i have been slowly collecting information for a 
'Childrens Permaculture Resource Network'  that i hope will help link the 
children's gardening movement with primitive skills and the "old ways". i 
was also pissed at how little permaculture stuff there is out there 
specifically for kids. i'm shooting for winter solstice as the virtual 
"opening day".  but being an aspiring luddite i might make it be completely 
off-line. i dont know yet.

i have taken some time off from the project as we are trying to start a 
home-business so we can keep homeschooling our kids and devote more time to 
them and the farm.

if you're interested i have compiled lists of books, courses, articles, 
curriculum, films, schools, organizations, individuals, zines, and so forth 
that deal with bascially anything relating to "kids & plants". i have been 
slowly collecting these things for years and seriously cataloguing it the 
past couple months. if there is something specific i'd be glad to post 
whatever i've got or can recommend.

good luck with that,

>From: Jenny Katz <jennykatz at sbcglobal.net>
>Reply-To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [permaculture] more on greenschooling
>Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 11:42:27 -0400
>Thanks, all, for your replies. Great suggestions and very much in
>line with what I believe. Linda, I'm going to check out your link
>about the Small School. Kathyann, I do have Brent Cameron's book,
>Self-Design, and agree with you that it's outstanding. In fact, it
>may have been from you, some months ago, that I first heard about it!
>(Many thanks!) And Stephen, it made me laugh to see you mention the
>Wilderness Awareness School. I took two of John Young's workshops
>last year--Building Strong Naturalist Communities and the Art of
>Mentoring, both at the Vermont Wilderness School. The 64 cultural
>points chart reminded me strongly of the periodic table, and got me
>(even more) interested in putting together a pattern language for
>education. I'd love to talk to you all further about this.
>Ken, I'll put together my thoughts about curriculum over the next
>couple of days and shoot it back out to all of you. Much as part of
>me would like to completely knock out the current system of
>schooling, the principle of gradual and incremental change makes me
>think it'd be more effective to create something that allows people
>to work with what we've got now--which is why I think awareness
>techniques might be the way to begin. For instance, I took my kids to
>the Art of Mentoring workshop last October, and one of the games they
>played there was to try and "clothespin" people--to clip a clothespin
>on someone's shirt without their noticing you. It's a game of
>awareness; all of a sudden you notice your surroundings in a much
>different way. You look around with "owl eyes." You walk with "fox
>walk." You recognize yourself (whether you're the pinner or the
>pinnee) as a much more integrated part of things. Why not help kids
>develop the skills of tracking even while they're sitting in class
>doing dittoes? Do the dittoes, yes, but also be aware of your body in
>space, of the physical and energetic relationship between you and
>other people, of the way the teacher's movements and words give
>insight into what's happening now and what's happening next. What's
>the system? How can we be ever more aware of the system, its needs
>and constraints and possibilities?
>And how about waste? (Tom, I wrote you about this.) Natural systems
>don't have any. So if you're feeling a "waste" of your time and
>energy, your heart and mind, what kind of focus can you bring to your
>experience at that moment in order to convert waste to food? I don't
>know how explicit you can be with little kids about this kind of
>thing, but I know there's a way to make it work.
>Lots of thoughts germinating in my head. With your kind permission,
>I'll continue to let 'em grow out loud. The insight and inspiration
>of this list has been instrumental in my getting even this far!
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