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Re: teaching materials-books, videos, slides, & flip charts

  • Subject: Re: [cg] teaching materials-books, videos, slides, & flip charts
  • From: Tamsin Salehian tamsin@sparecreative.com
  • Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 15:49:32 +1000

Title: Re: [cg] teaching materials-books, videos, slides, & flip charts
Hi Robyn,

Teaching resources are such pieces of gold and I feel that they should be shared as widely as possible (so many of us want to share the wonderful aspects of community gardens but we’re all often so cash-strapped materials need to be free), anything I come up with I’ll pass on. Here in Australia some of the universities have course notes and readings available at the libraries, so maybe a school near you will have similar resources which you could photocopy. Also the HDRA in the UK (http://www.hdra.org.uk/)has a comprehensive set of fact sheets which are available to members (unfortunately at a cost), and rotate on the homepage for visitors (free but only 4 at a time).

This next one is a really enthusiastic site, and although this isn’t formal teaching material, this site is by an Australian couple in Brisbane who use their garden to illustrate organic gardening step by step, with photos and text, a great link for gardening organically and also to see how it varies around the world. Their recipes for teas for the garden would make great lesson workshops!

Another good resource for teaching material is permaculture which is a formalised method of creating your garden as the ecologial system it is and using every niche. Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the phrase, and Bill Mollison’s oft repeated phrase  "You don't have a slug and snail problem in your garden. You have a severe duck shortage." sums up the approach. His video series “Global Gardener” is a great look at growing food all over the world and is accessible. It gets screened here in Australia every few years on ABC and has had a big public appeal, it is available in the US at the website below.  There is also the book- permaculture: a designer’s manual - by Mollison  which has sections on each aspect of permaculture. It is quite a large text book. Also to note are: - Earth User's Guide to Permaculture: Teacher's Notes - by Rosemary Morrow and Rob Allsop. - Permaculture Teacher's Guide - edited by Andy Goldring, 2000
(these are available through http://www.permacultureactivist.net/booksvid/BooksnVid.htm)  

Hope this is of some help,
Melbourne, Australia

ps If anyone has teaching material they use it would be great to create a site where you could load up your materials as a PDF and others could download them free. Is there a site like this anywhere?

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