Join me in conversation on this episode of Sense-Making in a Changing World podcast with fellow permaculture educator, Caroline Aitken who lives on the edge of Dartmoor in England. For the past couple of years, Caroline has led the development of the first ever regenerative food and farming undergraduate and Masters program in the UK, and it has just opened at the innovative ecological university, Schumacher College. Caroline has designed the program to give students opportunity to explore leading-edge alternatives to mainstream agricultural practices and food systems, to visit leading local regenerative farms, get growing too.
It’s fabulous to hear how permaculture is being woven so intricately through some of the most innovative programs in the world. I was delighted to catch up with Caroline to hear all about it, and thrilled to be able to share this conversation with you here.
Caroline apprenticed as a permaculture teacher with UK permaculture pioneer and author, Patrick Whitefield, and after his passing, carried on his work.
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In our chat, Caroline mentioned these books:
- The Earth Care Manual by Patrick Whitefield
– Food from your Forest Garden by Caroline Aitken
– A Small Farm Future by Chris Smaje
– Farming on the Wild Side by Nancy J Hayden and John P Hayden
and these regenerative food and farming organisations:
– Food in Community CIC
– Huxhams Cross Farm
– Dartington Mill
– The Land Workers Alliance
– La Via Campesina
– The Ecological Land Co-operative
Plus these links too:
– Dartington Learning and Schumacher College Live Chat online events
– Farming for the Future Podcasts
– Chelsea Green Publishing youtube channel