Living in the U.S. can be like living with your eyes closed. There is so much possibility in the world and yet it is not easy to see because of the way we live. Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to reveal to us the true potential of the world.
My eyes are more open each time we go to Africa. And now I’m excited (in a brand new way) for next winter when we hope to return. The new lens I’ll be looking through is completely invigorating to me, as I’ve recently completed a PDC course through Midwest Permaculture!
The brilliance of Bill Mollison’s PDC course is the universality of it. Students of a Midwest Permaculture PDC Course can take this educational experience and apply it to any location or climate on the planet. The PDC is about learning how to design; learning how to see different situations and the landscape through a permaculture way of seeing the world.
We have had students from just about every part of the globe take our trainings and all of them leave with the knowledge of how to apply permaculture thinking and design to their own environment and circumstance.
Even though Grant Shadden took his PDC with us in Illinois, his education has allowed him to be of service in Africa. We are now delighted to have Paige Shadden joining us in an upcoming PDC course.
Bill Wilson – Midwest Permaculture
My husband, Grant, and I are gardening nerds. We both have childhood memories of gardening with our families (his more fond than mine!). Even more now we enjoy it as adults as we discover the realities of pesticides, the high prices of organic produce and how destructive our industrial agriculture system is.
Grant Shadden took his PDC Training with us – summer 2011. While here, he shared about his upcoming 2-month trip to Africa to support the work of the Connect Africa hub.
We were all moved by the work of this organization and by Grant’s, and his wife Paige’s, devotion to assist in the work there. Grant was actually taking this training in order to come up with a design for this organization and a 20-acre site they want to develop.
As such, we made the decision to assist him by making it one of the final design projects for the PDC Course. 4 other students self-selected themselves to work on this design with Grant.