[permaculture] A permaculture childrens book

sinergyinaction at netscape.net sinergyinaction at netscape.net
Thu Nov 22 10:30:15 EST 2007

Hi Roman
could not find the kid's pc book of cataplasm press in the google search

 Can you please give me a more precise quote of the title or ISBN or a pointer/link to it


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From: Primal Parent <primalparent at hotmail.com>
To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 1:51 pm
Subject: Re: [permaculture] A permaculture childrens book


your idea sounds great. i look forward to seeing how it evolves into a book. i 
myself have been working off-and-on on a children's book about pc. the biggest 
obstacle i found is which age range should i focus on. teenagers can understand 
more of the complex ecological terms but i personally fond that it's the younger 
ones who like to help out more in the garden. so my challenge has been basically 
"should i make it a story book or a science book?"

 there are a few books out there for adults that have a chapter or two about 
working with children (food not lawns, food forest) but there's very little 
written specifically for kids.

the only exception i know of are zines: burnett's 'our allotment' and  
"permaculture beginners guide' (which is not specifically for kids but simple 
enough that older  kids can  read it) and 'the abc's of permaculture' coloring 
book (cataplasm press) that has pc terms and edible/medicinal plants for each 
letter (i.e. c = comfrey, chicken tractor, chamomile, compost, companion 
planting) that way parents can help explain the terminology. 

best of luck with that much-needed work.

please keep the listserve updated.


p.s. - below is a post of mine on greenschooling from this summer. it might have 
some helpful links:
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 
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.  

> Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 08:36:02 -0800
> From: permaquest at yahoo.com
> To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [permaculture] A permaculture childrens book
> Dear All,
>   I'm starting a permaculture childrens book with as many models as I can 
educating kids and parents how it all works. I have many ideas of how it should 
look and flow, but I need all your help to add things that i don't want to miss 
or not be fully informed on. Can you help me with what you are best at and I'll 
give you a credit. I know we'll have to do a series, because of how much there's 
to write about. If anyone knows of a childrens book already out there let me 
know also. 
>   Feel free to do your own book as we need them out there now,
>   Ray
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