PPI has begun a new program! What is the best way to spread the word about permaculture to really make a difference in our future? Well, by the world’s children of course. Hence was the birth of Paradise Valley PermaSprouts.
Care for the Earth
Share what you don’t use
Care for ALL People
With 4 families and eight children 2 to 8 years old we launched our first gathering on September 27, 2016. We toured PPI’s permaculture demonstration site implementing the first permaculture principle “Observe and Interact.” Armed with a clipboard and observation form we recorded what we saw with words and pictures to share at the end of our tour. We filled re-useable bags with lots of edibles to each make our own tea.
Through “Observing and Interacting” again in October we tracked more changes including signs of a muskrat who had moved into the pond recently. We were successful in collecting seeds for planting, eating and gluing on an art project.
November brought on talk about another permaculture principle, “Catch and Store Energy, Water and Materials.” We focused on water collection, noticed the water level in the pond dropping from evaporation and muskrat burrowing. With our own landform models, using clay and eyedroppers, we saw how we can collect water on the land!
Meeting monthly through seasons and cycles is painting a permaculture picture in our hearts and for these children and parents to take with them to wherever they go!