[permaculture] greenschooling

Primal Parent primalparent at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 18 02:37:34 EDT 2007

first off, sorry for any redundancies and for the delay but here are what i 
consider the most pc-relevant links for schooling:

the one thing i recommend above all other is getting carolyn nuttal's food 
forest and food forest resource sheets. they are excellent. i think they 
were both under $40 including shipping from australia. she's doing a lot 
with "learnscaping"

robin clayfield's manual for teaching permaculture creatively has a chapter 
on teaching children through games and active involvement. wonderful stuff.

heather coburn flores book 'food not lawns' (chelse green) has a chapter 
called 'the next generation' with tips and ideas for working with kids. 
she'd doing some kick-ass work and we should all support her

in the same vein i also recommend sharon lovejoys 'sunflower houses' and 
'roots, shoot, buckets, & boots'. though not technically "permaculture" 
there both a lot of fun.

patty parks-wasserman is working on the institute of permaculture education 
for children at 78 el rey drive corrales, n.m.
patty has been very supportive of the childrens permaculture resource 
network and i look forward to working with her in the future.

robina mccurdy ran the (now defunct) childrens permaculture foundation from 
i believe she wrote a small article on 'pc for children' in the vol.3 #1 
feb. 87 issue of permaculture activist (which i believe is still available). 
i think she's doing more ecovillage-community oriented work nowadays

salli ramsden and tania strebl presented  'zone c: a place for children' at 
he 6th ipc. supposedly salli was working on a comprehensive list of 
publications suitable  for pc in schools.

i believe joanne tippett has done some work in this area. holocene.net

jacqui hunter might be of some help as well huntergd at chariot.net.au

fiona campbell and ross grayson compiled the amazing 'permaculture goes to 
school..." in 1997. i'd be more than glad to send you a copy.

dr. charlie headington wrote teaching permaculture in a school garden. 
interesting montessori experiment.

robin c. moore wrote 'children gardening:first steps toward a sustainable 
future' robin does a lot of work with landscape architecture and childhood 

some past discussions archived:
pc in schools - 
curriculum for children - 
workbook for children - 

gardening with children has some useful links

edible schoolyard in berkely, ca http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/garden.html

specifically for kids:

elpels 'shanleyas quest' is sort of a 'botany in a day' for young readers. 
wonderful. available from hollowtop.com

graham burnett drew a brilliant little zine called 'our allotment'.   i make 
copies and hand them out to random kids whenever  we go to festivals and 
fairs. you can find it at  http://www.spiralseed.co.uk/

april's got three stories for children on her front page at 

another little zine is 'the abc's of permaculture'  coloring book where each 
page has an edible plant  and pc terms for each letter (i.e. c is for 
comfrey, chicken tractor, chamomile, compost, companion planting, etc). 
copies available from me.

lost valley education center in oregon hosted a kids permaculture day camp 
in 2006. worth looking into

here is a website called Perma-Kidz. some neat stuff kids might like.  

finally, there are dozens of sources for slow-foods in schools, edible 
landscaping, and farms to school cafeteria programs that are worth hooking 
up with.

as far a permaculture goes that's about it, not a lot for kids. which is why 
i started the CPRN. the bibliography could go on for days (especially if you 
include general ecology books) but i would definitly include some nature 
awareness/primitive skills to the curriculum. but perhaps that's for another 

best of luck,

>From: Jenny Katz <jennykatz at sbcglobal.net>
>Reply-To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [permaculture] greenschooling
>Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 00:10:18 -0400
>Hi all--
>I've been playing around with something I'm calling "greenschooling"--
>education in the permacultural mold, which is to say: environmentally
>based, but taking nature as structure and model rather than just as
>subject matter. Greenschooling, in other words, is education that
>grows the awareness of learning (and living) in relationship. All
>knowledge, of course, as I don't need to tell you permies, exists in
>relationship; the patterns of "knowledge" and "truth," like the
>patterns of "tree" or "zone one," emerge as a relationship between
>knower and known, between self and environment, between fact and
>I'm trying to figure out what to do with these ideas. I'd be
>homeschooling, but my ex-husband says no, so I'm trying to see the
>gift in that and develop something greater--a solution that benefits
>not only my own two kids (ages 6 and 10) but also helps other
>families, too. I'm interested in developing a series of simple
>techniques (awareness techniques, maybe) that anyone, of any age,
>could implement at any time to increase his or her understanding of
>these patterns, these relationships. I don't want to create a new
>curriculum; instead, I want to shape a lens for understanding the
>indivisible classroom--the curriculum that the world is presenting us
>at all times. It's easy to see and feel the connections when we're in
>the garden or in the woods; harder to do so during math class or the
>dentist appointment. But they're no less valid, and no less present,
>in math class. I want to try and figure out some ways to make this
>I'm gonna get a website up soon, either at greenschooling.com or at
>indivisibleclassroom.com. If anyone has any suggestions of great
>resources or great people, I'd love to hear...
>Jenny in Connecticut
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