Chris Hurst (PDC, AET3) To find out more about Permaculture see Perma-what?
I am a qualified Permaculture designer and teacher, having gained my Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2010 with the Permaculture Association at Keveral Farm in Cornwall. I am currently working toward the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design (DAPD), again with the Permaculture Association. I specialise in designing edible landscapes so that people can gain food security and become self-reliant and self-sustaining.
As a child I was taught the ‘Old Ways’ by my grandparents. Most importantly this taught me self-resilience; how to grow my own food, how to forage and identify edible wild plants (it also taught me recipes and uses for the things you had gathered). I also learned a lot of interesting folklore and customs/practices, including all sorts of strange things such as which nights of the year to leave food/drink out for the FaeFolk to keep them sweet.
One of the key aspects of the ‘Old Ways’ was a respect, love and reverence for the natural world; something that has always travelled with me. As a teenager I spent many years working on local farms at weekends and during school holidays, gathering more knowledge and skills. By my late teens I was an eco-warrior and went on to study conservation at university.
I grew up (I think) and had children of my own and have spent many years passing on the knowledge taught by my grandparents to both them, friends and anyone who wanted to learn. Helping people to learn how to grow their own food, feed their families, make their own remedies and become self-reliant has been a lifelong passion.
I am a firm believer that you never stop learning, throughout the years I have undertaken many courses to keep my knowledge up-to-date and continue to do so to this day.
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