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If you're participating in this course online, please reply to this message with your introduction. If you keep a blog, especially one to document your participation in the course, please include the URL. Brent has created a page that will always display the latest 3 posts from the participant blogs.

Leighblackall (talk)13:15, 14 February 2008

Well, I'll be participating face to face and online :) I have read a bit about Permaculture, and keep a home vegie garden. I'm going to help document this course with video, text etc, and make the content accessible to distance learners. At the some time, I hope to larn a few things about Permaculture, meet people in the know, and think about the principles and how they might apply to all types of design. I keep a blog here: but my garden work is logged at

Leighblackall (talk)13:18, 14 February 2008

Hello all, I've been interested in permaculture for a number of years and done a lot of reading already. I wanted to take a on the ground course last summer but was able to work it out. Just this evening I thought to myself...hmm I wonder if there is anything online, so after a quick 'google' I came across this. Perfect! I live on an acre and half property in Ontario Canada that we purchased last summer. It's pretty much bare bones and quite wild. I managed to get in a small veggie garden with a focus on heirloom tomatoes last summer and am currently planning for next season. I have a background in herbal medicine, ecology and have done a lot of activist work around sustainability in and urban setting. I'm quite excited to have moved out to the country but I always have 'urban' situations in mind, particularly around small-scale, small space food production. Glad to have come across this and plan to follow along. I'll set up a blog early next week.

Thanks for doing this and I think using a wiki format is great!

Jadeapple (talk)16:10, 23 February 2008

Hi Jade, its great you found us. I've set up an email forum with Google groups. You're welcome to join that too if you're up for discussions etc, or send me your email address and I'll add you. I dunno if an email forum would be any better than what we have going here though... my guess is that it will be easier for people like me who sometimes forget to check anything other than my email :)

Otherwise, we will try to keep the Schedule up to date with media and resources on the topics we are covering as we get to them. If you find stuff to do with the session topic, feel free to add it too!

Looking forward to seeing your blog.

Leighblackall (talk)21:50, 23 February 2008

Hey Folks, I'm here in Vermont, right out side of Burlington. Like "Jadeapple" I found this program with Google. It's great that it was so accessible. But the synchronicity of finding this program right now and the idea of finding it on "Google" (billion-dollar-spy-engine-corporation) is a perfect example of the paradox of these times.

I'm developing an "eco-village" in vermont. We already have 20 ares of flat farm land 10 acres are hay fields and 10 acres will be other crops. Our intentional community will most likely settle on a 175 acre mountain in Monkton, VT. A few of my friends have already taken a Permaculture courses and a few studies similar veins at the University of Vermont. As a cofounder of our project I try to keep growing in all directions. I think a Permaculture Design course is exactly what I'm looking for right now. I'm a good self-educator and a passionate learner. I hope to have some great dialog and make the most out of learning online. I'll be setting up a blog over the weekend. Thanks again

Benny (talk)18:10, 23 February 2008
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Last edit: 21:57, 23 February 2008

Hello again Benny, we've talked already through email so its great to see you made it in here :) The eco village sounds very interesting. We have a few like them here in New Zealand.. I'll get the guy I know who knows more about the NZ ones to send links and info for you.

The face to face group here has already formed a team to design a living campus here. Its a project that has been given some seed money so we'll see how it goes. I was in Melbourne Australia last week to check out similar projects. Was most inspired by the CERES Community Environment Park. Grabbed an interview with one of the coordinators there.

Leighblackall (talk)21:57, 23 February 2008

Sorry, bit late on getting here. I will be following along as much as possible and have set up a kind of blog page (complete with RSS) on WikiEducator itself here: One Beatty Parade Blog (I've made a bit of an intro over there already). I'd suggest that we create a page, perhaps as a subpage off of the main Permaculture Design page for aggregating all the feeds from the Distance people who are blogging their responses, etc. Countrymike 21:15, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

BrentSimpson (talk)10:15, 26 February 2008

Great idea Brent! and its great to have you with us. Going by your user page I can see you're a bit of a master at using MediaWiki! This online group could be really something.

Leighblackall (talk)10:46, 26 February 2008

Hi guys,like Leigh , I have enrolled in the course as well as being employed as a facilitator which is a fancy name for being the "go for ".I have also been contributing to some of the resources by video blogging some of the activities we are doing in the classroom which could then be applied to your local surrounds.You sound like a good bunch and I hope we can provide you with enough information to help you in your endeavours.Google "hortykim" to see my stuff.

Hortykim (talk)09:25, 29 February 2008

Hello All,

Well I got busy this week so this is the first chance I've gotten to get back to this. It helps that I'm completely snowed in right now and have no choice but to sit back with a good cup of tea and get down to work. I've decided to follow Brent's idea and set up my blog on this wiki as well. Makes sense as it would be really easy to link back and forth between the main pages as well as other users. It's at Odonata Fen. I've used a wiki before but it was a number of years ago so I'll basically be learning how to use it as I go along. I expect it will look a bit rough at first.

I also realized I hadn't introduced myself with my actual name! I'm so used to using user names on my travels around the net so hello again I'm Christine Taylor.

Jadeapple (talk)03:07, 2 March 2008