Margot Turner

Margot Turner
Margot Turner
2000 Rowe Morrow
Katoomba 2780 NSW Australia

Margot Turner PDC: Katoomba Community College 2000

Teachers: Rowe Morrow and Andrew

Course Notes February, 2000 • A safe learning place • No put downs – affirm each other • Let others have their say • Volunteer and speak only for yourself • Respect privacy of others

Observations Diary: week one

Enjoyed the introductory session – like the learning style and relate strongly to ethics and principles behind Permaculture. Started the course wanting to focus on my home environment, but soon realised that the ethics and principles relate to my work as well.

Permaculture Design: My place Group Design: Pat and Dave’s Place at Hartley

Permaculture Projects since the PDC

2000 – 2003 Permaculture at Work

2004-06 Monitoring Permaculture Projects in Cambodia for QSA

2007 – 2008 Sustainable Brunch 2008 

2009 – Food at Work; Berries, Learning Flowers

2000 – 2003 Permaculture at Work

During this project I explored the impact of Permaculture Design Principles and Processes on my work in learning design and development. This involved examining my relationships with people, paper, ink and petrol and reflecting on my current approach to educational design and information exchange. View:

 2004-06 Monitoring Permaculture Projects in Cambodia for QSA

Comments from Project Managers 2006 Touch Sithol, Director, Kampong Thom “The Permaculture program is changing the face of women’s affairs in the province. It shows that women can do technical training as well as gender training. It also demonstrates how husbands and wives can help each other. The Department of Agriculture wants to know where Women’s Affairs got these technical skills. The Red Cross are interested that people can gain food security and income in 2 months. Many visitors come to see the project.”Phoung Sari, Lead Trainer, Svay Rieng :“This program is the first program for people in Svay Rieng to increase skills and income. Even though I have to walk far in the hot weather to villages, I am happy to see the results. In Srey Sey Har the people never grew vegetables, they only rented their labour to carry soil. Now they do not do this any more and get income from growing vegetables. Permaculture from QSA is very successful, because the farmers say that can grow more vegetables, reduce insects and increase monthly income to as much as 700,000 riel to one million riel. This is much better than using traditional methods. After 3 years of drought people cannot grow rice, so they need to sell vegetables.”

 2007 – 2008 Sustainable Brunch

The first Sunday of every month was put aside for these. People were invited to come without using their cars; contributing locally grown produce and participating in sustaining activities eg conversation drawing, games, listening to music. The biggest challenge was using sustainable transport. The most fun activity was making acorn flour.

 Permaculture and my work

I am committed to: – valuing existing skills and knowledge of people within an organization – careful and timely planning which involves key knowledge holders – minimising waste of energy and resources – using ecologically sustainable materials wherever possible My experience includes: – 20 years developing a broad range of industry training materials – including manuals for learners and trainees; self access materials; audio/ visual materials – 20 years experience designing and delivering communication skills development programs in a wide variety of public sector and private sector organisations – 4 years experience monitoring international development projects.

Recent Clients

• Ochre, Leura

• Standards Australia

• Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee Pty Ltd

• Independent Transport Safety & Reliability Regulator, NSW

• Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, Westpac, Qantas (through Cybernet       Consulting)

Recent Permaculture Projects

• Food at Work (a paper for the Blue Mountains Food Sustainability Forum)

• Berries Learning Flowers (a three year project exploring new ways of working)