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Book Study: The Permaculture Handbook: Chapters 1-3

  • Jan 10, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This winter our permaculture book study is going to read The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country by Peter Bane. For this, our first meeting, please come having read through page 27: Forward, Chapters 1, 2 & 3. We will discuss what parts next and the pace we want to take for this book - which is a big one to take on! We can decide as a group how to handle that.

We will meet 2nd and 4th Thursday nights, starting in January 2012 and going until March or April, depending on how quickly we move along and what the group wishes to do.

For each session we plan to pick chapters to read and someone to take the lead on the discussion facilitation. The facilitator can simply have a few questions to ask and help the conversation move along, making sure everyone gets a chance to share. We won't have a potluck, but will encourage bringing snacks to share, and Amy A will provide tea makings. We will have the donation basket for meetup costs out... we'll suggest $1-5 per meeting.

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  • Amy A

    Hi all,
    We can certainly revisit the question of how the book study progresses... sounds like at least one person wants more structure while others aren't feeling the need for that. I'm sure we can find a compromise that works for all.
    This first night was more about meeting each other and discussing how to proceed in taking on such a large tome! That's why only the intro chapters were "assigned."
    We did actually discuss all 3 of those chapters, so be prepared to talk beyond that next time - 4 & 5.
    Laura's suggestion is a great one - all should bring the questions that came up for them, things they didn't understand to talk about, etc. That's worked well in the past.
    But, we can start next time with a quick discussion of how to structure this going forward.
    Thanks all!
    Amy

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Jessica

    I think the first 3 chapters were also pretty much introductory. I expect it will get more material-centered as we get further along.

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Laura W.

    Karen is correct. This book study is participant directed. We're all supposed to make sure our questions get asked and hopefully the group will have answers.

    January 15, 2013

  • Laura W.

    May I make a suggestion? In the past if there something I really want to go over in the chapters that we read I brought it up to Amy at the beginning of the meeting. When I was in last Winter's book discussion I had a lot of questions about what the author meant or if anyone knew about what he was referencing. Writing those questions down as I read helped me to remember to ask the group before we started talking. More often than not, there was somebody more experience than I who knew exactly what he meant or had already been exposed to what the author was referencing. Maybe we should start a discussion topic so we can post our question before the meet up. Then the facilitator or you can make sure we cover them.

    January 15, 2013

  • Karen L.

    I remember covering 3 chapters and I like an unstructured discussion. We're adults and this is not supposed to be a classroom session.

    January 15, 2013

  • julia

    HI Amy
    Something had come up and I am unable to attend this thursday but really want to be part of this discussion group. My input at this point is to look at the content of each chapter to decide how many to tackle each meeting. There are 6 metings planned and 22 chapters that makes 3 -4 chapters per meeting but perhaps we could divide it up differently depending on content.... just a thought
    Also Please let me know if there will be a group seed ordering from Fedco or some other company Thanks Julia [masked]

    January 7, 2013

    • Amy A

      Julia, Sorry we won't see you this week, but we'll be happy to have you at the next one! Thanks for the input on the chapters/meetings!

      January 7, 2013

    • Amy A

      And, Laura - thanks for volunteering to organize an order! That's awesome!

      January 7, 2013

  • Amy A

    Amanda, yes, your sister is welcome to come as well! As far as a book order... we didn't get enough folks to put in an order together. But, River Run can order a copy for you at regular price. Or there are online options, I'm sure... I like supporting River Run, though! But, those are the options I know of.
    Amy

    January 7, 2013

  • Amy A

    Yes, I have just talked with River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth. They can give us a book group deal of 20% off the books, if we order 5 or more. So - who wants to get their book this way? I can make a list and get it to them and then you all can pick them up. Who's in?

    1 · November 30, 2012

    • Dr. Jackie D.

      Have you already ordered the books? Im interested in ordering one.

      January 6, 2013

    • Amy A

      We didn't have enough folks wanting to order. We needed 5 to get the discount at River Run... you would make 2! I guess kindle is getting popular!!

      January 6, 2013

  • steve c.

    are we placing an order for this book with riverrun?

    November 28, 2012

  • Laura W.

    Maybe it could be a to-be-continued book study when 2013 spring thaw finishes? Or we can cheery pick the chapters that best fit the attendees interests? Personally I don't want to rush a good book study.

    November 17, 2012

  • Karen L.

    This is a large trade paperback of 429 pages and 22 chapters, not including the appendices. How many meetings are we planning on having to discuss this book?

    1 · October 28, 2012

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