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Pete The Temp Comes to Faversham

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Pete (The Temp) is a poet, a lover and a damn fine administrator! Watch him defeat climate change using only his mouth in Faversham on 30th January at 7pm at Creek Creative!

In this multimedia, theatrical, stand up poetry show, Pete tells the story of some of the sticky situations he gets into on his quest to stop climate chaos. Will he succeed? A personal tale of temp jobs, bank sieges, oil orgies and arrest.

Mr The Temp is the former Hammer and Tongue National Poetry Slam Champion and BBC Radio 4 South of England Slam Winner.

This event will also have support from spoken word artist Dan Simpson.

Doors 7pm

This is a not for profit event. Donations on the door

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Interview with Narsanna Koppula – Indian Permaculture Pioneer

Remember that some of the Transition Town Faversham members organised a talk by the Indian permaculture pioneer Narsanna Koppula at Creek Creative in Faversham in May? Well you can now watch an interview with Narsanna which took place at The Abbey Physic Community Garden the day after the talk here.

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Permaculture Talk

A fascinating evening was had by all when Narsanna Koppula came to Faversham to talk about Permaculture on Wednesday Evening. The talk was organised by two members of Transition Town Faversham, James Thorn and Hannah Parathian. The event was well attended with lots of new but friendly faces eager to learn from an expert.

Narsanna Koppula is an Agroecologist from Andhra Pradesh, who started the Permaculture movement in India 27 years ago. He is the author of several books on sustainable agriculture and participatory rural development. He began his journey with Permaculture after attending one of the first Permaculture courses ran by the founders of the concept, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in the 1970s.

His talk in Faversham focused on the importance of the three principles of Permaculture: earth care, people care and fair share.

He spoke in detail about the following topics:

  • the importance of soil and fertility of soil for life,
  • the different interpretations of ‘yields’ of crops – yield can be defined as high quantities of one crop or smaller quantities of a diverse range of crops,
  • quantity of crops Vs biodiversity and fertility,
  • the loss of biodiversity within rice crops in India due to multi-national companies’ actions,
  • the purpose of growing food being to eradicate hunger, not to gain,
  • his work with tribal groups in India to save seeds and create sustainable agriculture for communities.

There were plenty of interesting questions from the crowd for Narsanna, including those looking for guidance in increasing ‘People Care’ within communities in the UK.

As the talk drew to a close, Narsanna congratulated the town on having a community able to engage in discussions and positive actions. He asked that those present continued to strengthen the community.

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