Chloe, permaculture designer and teacher, is passionate about design, forest gardens, community living, sustainable organisations and Transition. Chloe was introduced to permaculture through Transition Town Lewes and did her Permaculture Design Course in London in 2008. She has been working with Brighton Permaculture Trust since 2011, first on their Trainee Teacher Scheme and then as a convenor and tutor for the Introduction to Permaculture and the Permaculture Design Course. She completed her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2014, including designs for her home garden, community growing projects, teacher training and community living. Chloe is now a Diploma Tutor and is taking diploma apprentices.
Chloe and her family live on a smallholding in the High Weald.
Chloe teaches on the following courses:
Name your permaculture hero? Why them?
I think one of the best things about permaculture is that it gives everyone the tools to become permaculture heroes! Lots of people who are directly associated with and on the edge of permaculture have inspired me.
- Bill Mollison and David Holmgren for coming up with permaculture.
- Rob Hopkins for going beyond permaculture, calling it Transition, and creating a local community movement.
- Vandana Shiva for her eloquence and evidence on seeds, water and who really feeds the world.
- Martin Crawford for writing straightforward books on forest gardening and his healthy plants.
- Polly Higgins for daring to draft laws on ecocide and endeavouring to get them implemented.
Which permaculture principle do you have to remind yourself of the most?
‘Catch and store energy’ because there are so many ways to do this from caring for plants, sharing lifts and wearing jumpers, and often life is set up to do the opposite. Another one might be, ‘the problem is the solution’, to remind myself to think positively and creatively.
Which permaculture principle is always popping up in unlikely places?
‘Minimum effort for maximum output’ or ‘make the least change for the greatest possible effect’ often pop up for us as a family when we’re trying to manage our busy lives.
Best example of permaculture in action?
Brighton Permaculture Trust is truly one of the best, putting into practice earth care, people care and fair shares. The permaculture design process itself is how permaculture becomes action: you spend time gathering information, making sense of it, applying permaculture ethics and principles, and the plan comes together in positive action with lots of other benefits arising out of it that you weren’t expecting.
Anything else we should know about you?
I’m just about to study environmental law at Sussex University with the hope that, if we work from the bottom up and the top down, we can move away from unsustainable and polluting global systems by changing the rules.