“Earth care, People care and Fair share can serve as principles for all seasons and all professions. If incorporated into the lives of enough children, and the lives of the adults who care for them, this philosophy can change the world.”
— Richard Louv, author of “Vitamin N,” “The Nature Principle,” and “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.”
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Making use of this book is a great way to start taking learning outdoors.The ‘hidden potential’ in the outdoors should be placed into the hands of conscious educators to a much larger extent. There it can provide a foundation for developing reflective learners and a paradigm for critical thinking and knowledge in action, not only in Europe but all over the globe. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to do permaculture with children because a muddy child is a happy child in an affective and cognitive way! I wish everyone an enjoyable, playful and fruitful time outdoors with this book.
-Dr. (Fil lic) Anders Szczepanski, author of Outdoor Education, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education, Spetsa Company at University Holding, Linköping University Sweden.
“Brimming with practical examples of how to support children in connecting with themselves, each other and the growing cycle. This handbook illustrates the scope of permaculture that is relevant for children, using gardening as an entry point into wider issues of fairness and connection. Written with such a deep sense of care and consideration for the future generations, it is invaluable for parents and educators alike.”
– Looby Macnamara, author of People and Permaculture, and 7 Ways to Think Differently, and co-founder of Cultural Emergence project.
“This is a book of its time which provides much more than the skills and knowledge that will ensure a more hopeful and resilient future. Importantly it offers guidance and empowerment for educators whose task it is to skill children today for, what is becoming increasingly apparent, to be a challenging future. The manual is well written and researched, and speaks to us with academic credibility, sound pedagogy and an understanding of how to lead children through a comprehensive learning journey in nature. The work demonstrates how all areas of the curriculum can come to life in relevant and authentic learning situations that move from teacher centred activities to child directed practical experiences. A must have manual for every school!”
– Janet Millington and Carolyn Nuttall, authors of Outdoor Classrooms – A Handbook for School Gardens.
“With its homely illustrations and lively suggestions for things to do, this book will help to connect children in community with the Earth and one another.”
– Professor Alastair McIntosh, author of Soil and Soul
“The manual is very well written and covers all areas of permaculture. It will satisfy the educators and has much for the teachers. It is good to take teachers beyond growing summer vegetables. It is time for this book, in fact it would have been useful five years ago.”
– Rosemary Morrow is one of the pioneering women in permaculture, author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture and the Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture and co-founder of the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute.