We always recommend that unless a sponsor has worked with a school or community for some time, that a Permaculture Starter Pack (PSP) is good way to approach an intervention. Since commitment and viability of projects can be difficult to discern from an application form, or a preliminary visit, FTFA initiated the PSP Programme – which is a strong, baseline tool. The purpose is to provide a beneficiary with the minimum required tools, resources and training and assess how they perform under such conditions. This helps to minimise risk, evaluate worthy projects and weed out those looking for handouts. Some of our best projects started with a PSP. It is a great measure of future sustainability!
There are three levels of PSPs depending on the amount of funding available. Each level of PSP delivers different amounts of gardening tools, infrastructure, seeds, seedlings, compost, educational materials, and introductory workshop days.
Workshop topics include: introduction to permaculture; environmental ethics; garden layout and design; basic techniques; as well as practical assistance. Booklets, flyers and posters are distributed as part of the educational resources so that educators can integrate workshop outcomes into the school’s curriculum.