A good time to be had by all… Future Centre Trust needs your help on Saturday!

Watch the video and see what a little bit of courage and innovation can do in the desert. Barbados is not the desert… what could the same agricultural courage and innovation do in Barbados?

As the video proclaims… “You can fix all the world’s problems in a garden. You can solve them all.”

I believe that statement is true…

Permaculture: Sustainable development and sustainable human habitat

Hello to all Friends of the Future Centre Trust,

The FCT’s Little Edgehill site, is about to receive a garden transformation and we need your volunteer help.

Recently, the FCT, has had the pleasure of working with Ms. Lorraine Ciarallo of Canada. Lorraine, is a Permaculture Designer, Consultant & Educator and obtained her Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) in 2009 and in December 2011, completed the Permaculture Internship Program at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia

This intensive program followed Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture A Designers’ Manual” which covered Concept Themes in Design, Trees and Their Energy Transactions, Water, Soils, The Humid Tropics and has trained Lorraine, to build garden design systems that are fool proof.

Lorraine will be volunteering her time at the Hudson Permaculture Garden for the next month and sharing permaculture knowledge with us. We begin on Saturday, April 7th and we hope, you will join us for an inspiring morning. Lorraine, will improve the garden design, provide productive tips on how to improve the ecological soil biology in a garden, and will explain how to grow highly dense nutritious food for you and your family.

Permaculture, was founded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the early 1970’s. Geoff Lawton, Lorraine’s teacher, is the founder and managing director of PRI Australia and a direct student of Mr. Mollison. In the video above, Geoff, demonstrates his teaching expertise by implementing the use of permaculture ethics and principals on the most arid land of Jordan. “Greening The Desert” Parts 1 and 2 can be viewed here http://permaculture.org.au/2007/03/01/greening-the-desert-now-on-youtube/

The Research Institute has thousands of qualified members http://www.globalpermaculture.org and they are encouraged to venture out globally and set up PRI demonstration sites so that people of all nations have an example of how to design for success no matter the land size and no matter the climatic condition. Permaculture ethics and principals provide a means and an opportunity to learn about simple and proven techniques that rejuvenate the land. Yes, it’s about growing nutritious food, but it’s also, about growing soil too! Once a system is put into place, little input is required, yet maximum output is provided.

Join us on Saturday the 7th of April in the Little Edgehill garden from 7:30 am to 11:00 am. We need your help to get the FCT garden back up and running and your help to create a demonstration site for local Barbadians to experience and learn from.

Following 11:00 am, we will have a permaculture presentation. Please bring cutlass (if you have one), water, snack, hat, sunblock and friends to share the work load.

For more information please contact Lani at 836-6189.


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One response to “A good time to be had by all… Future Centre Trust needs your help on Saturday!


    Most times reading the Bajan press/blogs can be a depressing chore, but on seeing your inspiring and wonderful short film about what is possible in Bim re its agriculture/environment one is uplifted. Maybe Barbados is not (yet) going to hell in a donkey cart after all despite the corruption that appears to have become embedded in its fabric and its slimeball politicos. One is heartened that there are some who care deeply about its future and what can be achieved.
    Some years ago I visited the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. It was a revelation indeed. It opened one perspective as to what is possible in 166 sq miles that is Bim. One assumes that Permaculture Research is carrying forward similar revolutionary and innovative type of work.
    We in Bim appear to have almost completely abandoned the sugar/agriculture industry in a mad and foolish rush to be bellboys, bartenders, waiters and maids. This exclusive tunnel thinking is now costing us dear as the tourisses from north America and England by pass our shores in their mega ships waving as they pass the old Pelican island.
    The ill conceived Redjet fiasco is but a timely reminder as to how not to plan for the future and how not develop projects without thinking them through.
    The Future Centre Trust does reaffirms one trust in the possibilities of agriculture on the island..(if of course the political class of careerists and dunderheads) provide the necessary support that would be sorely needed.
    One can but wish FCT the best. .