As patron or matron of Malawi permaculture for 14+ years, June has worked, workshopped, designed her garden and walked the talk. She is highly regarded in Malawi and indeed in southern Africa and is a tireless advocate and lover of permaculture. Here is what June says about herself:
“I came to Nyasaland in 1957 and lived in 13 different houses in 13 years. In 1980, there came the chance to have our own land, a hectare of bedrock called Thanthwe, on the shores of Lake Malawi. Permaculture came naturally to us as “Local Knowledge + Common Sense” and “Long and thoughtful observation not long and thoughtless action” and had been subconsciously guiding us for many years. Good building design to give free air-conditioning and the bush regenerating to forest by our lack of action give a good climate in the heat throughout the year.
A daily supply of fresh fruits and salads to enjoy, share, preserve or maybe turned into wine, make retirement a tantalizing prospect to teach visitors at leisure the joys of Permaculture at Thanthwe”