By: Simon Webster | June 27, 2013
Here’s a chance to pick the brains of two of the biggest names in sustainable agriculture.
First, David Holmgren, the co-originator of permaculture, is teaching a permaculture design certificate course (PDC) in Sydney in July. Then Allan Savory (pictured), the Zimbabwean originator of holistic management, is touring Australia in August.
Holmgren, who created the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison in the 1970s, is teaching a PDC at the Permaculture Sydney Institute from July 1-14.
The cost is $1,495 including all meals. Accommodation starts at $10 per person per night for a camping spot, up to $100 a night for a couple in a double room at the PDC’s venue, the very comfortable Bandusia Country Retreat near St Albans, just across the Hawkesbury from Sydney.
A month later (August 14-18) Savory will be on tour, offering one-day intensive seminars (from $195) and evening talks (from $65) in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Inspired by his observations of large herds of herbivores in African grasslands, Savory created holistic management in the 1960s.
While conventionally managed grazing animals such as cattle can destroy land, holistically managed cattle can improve it, the system’s adherents say.
Holistic management uses nature as a model for managing stock, and enables farmers to make farm decisions that are sustainable and profitable. Holistically managed farms can hold larger stock numbers than conventional farms and add carbon to the soil at the same time, Savory’s followers say, making the method a potentially important weapon in the fight against climate change.