Since my last post I have been busy building a Local Future for Tarbert and the rest of Kintyre. Big Green Tarbert came to an end (in terms of funding) in March 2011. I carried on working for Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust, becoming the Chair of the Directors. This led to me heading up Local Produce, a transnational project aimed at building local food resilience in Kintyre and the Islands.
I have now moved to Muasdale in the middle of Kintyre, in the midst of good farmland, with views of Islay, Gigha and Jura, well placed indeed to help build resilience in my local bioregion.
I have also been more active as a Permaculture Diploma Tutor, taking on apprentices who are building up their Permaculture Design Portfolios. It has been great to get back into Permaculture designing once more.
A lot of discussion has been going on about Transition and Permaculture. Well, to me Transition is a permaculture design that sprouted wings and is now well and truly flying, with its own momentum.
The success of Transition has prompted me to come up with my own design, which has grown out of the community development work that I’ve been doing in Kintyre over the past few years. I have called it R4: Revitalised, Resilient, Rural (Bio)Regions and hope that it will support Transition work, particularly in remote areas.
I’ve uploaded the design for you to look at. I’m launching it here and will keep you informed when I’m running workshops on it, or when it appears in any publications. Hope you find it useful. bioregional systems article table bioregional system