Morag Gamble grew up with the ethics and practice of healthy and sustainable living. My childhood was spent in the a leafy green suburb on the outskirts of Melbourne on an island in the Gippsland Lakes area.
I discovered permaculture in my teens and it felt like a natural fit – a way to care for the earth and care for people – a way to make a positive contribution and create ripples of positivity in the world. My work and life are totally interwoven through the connecting fabric of permaculture. I love community gardens, food coops, ecovillage living, permaculture education, school gardens, earning through a permaculture livelihood, and natural parenting and homeschooling. I share this permaculture life with my husband, Evan, and three children. We live in a permaculture village near Maleny in the subtropical part of southeast Queensland, Australia. We designed and built our modular eco-home – with much appreciated help from my family. We are mortgage-free and live simply. Our income is derived from permaculture-related activities. We grow a lot of our own vegetables, herbs and fruit in the polycultural garden-playground surrounding our home. We collect all our own water, deal with our wastewater on site. We produce most of our own power. We love our life here. The kids love the space, the freedom, the wildlife and the friendships. They value the environmental responsible way of life. They get it! There always more we can do, and we are always looking for ways to reduce our ecological impact and improve the educational impact we can have. We’ll keep learning and sharing!
What is Permayouth?
We are a group of 11 to 16 year olds from all over the world! Collectively we want to make a positive change in our communities and believe that permaculture is great way to do this.
At our core we care about the planet, its future and the future of humanity and all life. By including members from all over the world, including Australia, US, Canada, Europe and Africa, we empower each other to lead and learn in a diverse and inclusive group environment.
We believe there is a need to rapidly shift to the one-planet-living framework, to regenerate and repair the planet and become carbon neutral by 2030. As young people, this is important to us as it will keep global warming under 1.5oC and create a shift from the wasteful consumer-focussed culture to a circular, regenerative way of life.
What we do:
We learn about permaculture, to create a new regenerative culture where ever we live. We are getting involved in local actions, writing songs, writing new stories, making a youtube channel, starting a podcast, running camps, linking with other young permaculture people around the world.
We welcome new young people from around the world to join us on our regular, weekly online gatherings. During each of sessions we appoint a leader from the team to pick a new topic and together we create quizzes and other media like videos, photography and the fortnightly Permayouth Newsletter. We offer opportunities to lead the group and teach each other skills, like recipes and gardening. This is all very new, so we welcome any and all who wish to join, make new friends and just have fun! It is super exciting that Permaculture is becoming accessible to young people from all over the world, and we want you to be part of this.
We are a group of youth who focus on learning together from each other and our mentors.
Our primary mentor is Morag Gamble, a global leader for the permaculture movement.
Together with the mentorship of Morag and other Permaculture experts from around the world, we are learning about sustainability and regeneration that benefits all. At least one mentor is present during the weekly meetups, however we find that these sessions are largely youth lead and directed. We welcome new young people from around the world to join us on our weekly online gatherings.
Meet Bemeriki Dusabe the facilitator from the Permayouth group in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Uganda and take a tour of their beautiful tiny gardens!
Morag shows us how to make a Tiny Garden in a coffee bag!