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Patrick Whitefield

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Patrick Whitefield Associates
37 Leg Of Mutton Road
Glastonbury , Somerset BA6 8HH
United Kingdom

Company Description: We specialise in high-quality permaculture education. We offer a range of different courses at a variety of venues in England. We hope you'll find the one that's...   more

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  • degree , organic farming
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Permaculture Courses About / Contact Us - Permaculture Courses, 11 Sept 2015 [cached]
Patrick Whitefield
Patrick Whitefield passed away on 27th February 2015 following several months of illness. He had retired in September 2014, passing the running of Patrick Whitefield Associates on to his colleague and co-teacher Caroline Aitken, who is now the director, lead teacher and consultant. Patrick Whitefield
Patrick created our residential and online courses during his 25 year career in Permaculture and wrote many articles and several books including The Earth Care Manual a comprehensive guide to practicing permaculture in a temperate climate. He was brought up on a smallholding in Somerset and qualified in agriculture at Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire. After several years working in agriculture in the Middle East and Africa, he settled in central Somerset. In 1983 he bought a flower-rich hay meadow to save it from destruction and kept it as a nature reserve for 25 years before handing it on to the Somerset Wildlife Trust for safe keeping. He was always a keen vegetable gardener, and some fifteen years ago he planted an orchard which produced an abundant supply of apples from September to May. In the past he made his living by a variety of country crafts, and for a while he was a prominent member of the Green Party. From 1990 onwards he devoted himself to permaculture, especially to teaching it, and appeared on the BBC television programmes, It's not Easy Being Green and A Farm for the Future.
"I find permaculture makes use of the varied skills I've acquired during my life, and puts them into a cohesive whole."
Patrick was one of the leading and pioneering permaculture teachers in Britain, and indeed in Europe. In his legacy of books and films he combined a deep knowledge of the subject with an inspiring and professional style. He's written three books on permaculture: Permaculture in a Nutshell, How to Make a Forest Garden and The Earth Care Manual. His latest book is How To Read The Landscape (an abridged and edited version of his previous book The Living Landscape, how to read it and understand it), was a subject especially close to his heart. He also practiced for many years as a design consultant.
Caroline originally trained with Patrick before working along side him, and has a background in design, organic food growing and horticulture and used to work as an eco-cook.
Remembering Patrick Whitefield
Patrick Whitefield, an inspiration. 1949-2015
Remembering Patrick Whitefield July 24, 2015
Permaculture Courses, 24 July 2015 [cached]
With a teaching career spanning more than a quarter of a century Patrick taught and influenced thousands of people. Many of those continued on the permaculture path and are now inspiring others to do the same. Katie Shepherd I first met Patrick when I attended his PDC at Ragmans Farm in summer 2011.
      Many of you will have heard the very sad news that our founder and namesake Patrick Whitefield passed away on Friday 27th February following several months of illness. He was diagnosed with a disease of the bone marrow in June 2014 and retired the following September. Patrick loved his work and continued [...]
The post Patrick Whitefield, an inspiration. 1949-2015 appeared first on Permaculture Courses.
About us, 15 Mar 2015 [cached]
Patrick Whitefield has been teaching permaculture for over 20 years, both in Britain and abroad. He originally qualified in agriculture, and has wide experience of farming, nature conservation and gardening.
Patrick has developed a two week design course that offers a wide range of experiences yet covers the essential syllabus. He has also worked with Andy Daw at Kingston Maurward College of Agriculture in Dorset to work the permaculture design course into a BTEC qualification. This has enabled the creation of a nine week Sustainable Land Use course which is accessible to those on benefit.
Patrick is one of the leading permaculture teachers in Europe. He combines a deep knowledge of the subject with an inspiring and professional teaching style. He's written three books on permaculture: Permaculture in a Nutshell, How to Make a Forest Garden and The Earth Care Manual. His recent book, The Living Landscape, how to read it and understand it, is a subject especially close to his heart. It is the text for his successful Reading the Landscape course taught here at Ragmans. He also practices as a design consultant.
Caroline is now the leading teacher on the Permaculture Design courses and has been working with Patrick and Cathy since 2008. She is qualified in design, permaculture design and horticulture and also works as a design consultant, cook and illustrator.
Her experience includes managing 2 acres of intensive organic vegetable production, managing 5 acres of ornamental and food gardens at a meditation retreat centre, and catering for groups, courses and retreats. She lives with her partner and son on a 4 acre smallholding in Dartmoor where they are working towards self-sufficiency and creating educational spaces.
I have just finished the first ..., 17 Nov 2014 [cached]
I have just finished the first day of the design course here at Ragmans lane farm with Patrick Whitefield, as a tutor myself I find Patrick's method of teaching refreshing and interactive.
For the afternoon session Patrick took us for walk around the Farm to show us different aspects of the landscape affected other parts of the landscape. The tail end of the walk round the farm looked at apple processing from apple tree to bottling, the production of mushroom logs, and biomass heating systems. My impression of the first day here is a very positive one, everyone who is on the course are keen to share their skills amongst the group, we all chip in and do the washing up together, as i type we are all sat outside the kitchen round the fire sharing stories and skills. There is a sense of community and interaction happening here that is sadly lacking in our money obsessed society.
Day 2 - What a great day today has been, Patrick really is a great teacher, he almost effortlessly instilled in us the principles of permaculture by both providing understandable examples and also by group self discovery where we looked at how we had personally had worked with the principles.
For the remainder of the afternoon Patrick took us through the setting up and understanding of Forest Gardens by telling us about existing projects and giving us the opportunity to design our own forest garden on paper.
During the afternoon session Patrick took us out into the field and taught us how to work within nature in relation to contours, hills and the general shape of the land.
The afternoon session consisted of an interesting walk into the woods at Ragmans Lane farm with Patrick who showed us how to identify both edible and none edible trees. Matt the owner of Ragmans Lane Farm ended the day with a session where he explained the permaculture that they use.
At Oakland's park the methods of growing food are based on Rudolph Steiner's bio dynamic homeopathic methods, I don't have time to go into the details of these methods, except to say that they are very unorthodox, alchemical and based on our interactions with plant Divas, Patrick Whitefield asked me what my thoughts were about Oakland's on our return from the Estate, in a nutshell, these methods provide cleanly grown healthy nutritious food without the aid of any agrochemicals whatsoever.
Patrick and I both agreed that at the end of the day, if it worked, it worked regardless of its methodologies. In the evening, I had the chance to put on a Rocket stove group for course members, which involved me speaking a little about their origins, followed by a demonstration and discussion of how to make and use rocket stoves. 294762_10150859951070430_436892557_n
Day 10 - Its been an intensely interesting and exhausting two weeks of learning, sharing, laughing and thinking that is now on its last day. Today is the culmination of our work in terms of the design project that we had been working on in our respective groups, we did a 45 minute presentation discussing many different aspects of the food and herb garden that we were designing, the presentation along with everybody elses went really well. After the presentations Patrick commented on the quality of the work that this years group had produced, this left us feeling like our hard work had paid off. We celebrated in the evening by eating and playing music around the fire, I thrashed some folky type chords and reggae bass lines out that were accompanied by a viola and a an acoustic guitar.
End of course -Patrick and Cathy Whitefield presented us with our certificates on Saturday Morning after a brief discussion about forming links with other permaculture groups via the Permaculture association.
I had a brilliant and enlightening time at Ragmans Lane Farm which I will never ever forget, Patrick Whitefield is an incredibly knowledgeable man when it comes to the understanding of how the natural landscape best work, who has an intimate understanding of the landscape based on a decade of actually living on the land itself and being incredibly observant. I would like to thank Patrick and Cathy Whitefield for being both great teachers and warm and genuinely friendly hosts for our stay at Ragmans, and hats off to Cari for great food and conversation.
Patrick Whitefield ..., 7 Dec 2010 [cached]
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