And what would be your chances of designing and creating a Permaculture veggie garden in that prison? Probably once in a lifetime!
Bringing people closer to nature is always a win win situation. Creating an opportunity for prisoners to benefit from nature’s generosity and learn about Permaculture
in the process was a chance I wasn’t going to miss.
In September I was visiting my cousin, documentary maker Becky Prosser, at the Batam’s island prison in Indonesia. While I was there, the head of security told me he was interested in producing some food on a small patch of land in the prison.
A crazy thought came to my mind: Permaculture behind bars in a remote island close to the equator? Yes, please!
So there I was, at the prison, jumping on an opportunity for which I was only given a few hours a day, for five days. This was all the time I had to design, implement and train the staff and prisoners while promoting the three ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.
How did I do it? Here are some tips in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation.