I first met Paul ‘Ringo’ Kean sometime during the early portion of 2009 while staying at Zaytuna Farm. That year, we had the good fortune of being given the opportunity to take a number of courses being offered with both Geoff Lawton and Paul Taylor as instructors.
From my time becoming acquainted with Ringo – and in particular, his professional background working as an earthmover in the mining industry – I could immediately recognize that he had a very unique and valuable skill set to put to use as a permaculture designer and field operator. Earthworks as applied within the confines of permaculture as a practical pursuit is one of the topics most people who have taken a design course find most challenging – both large and small scale. There is certainly a technical aspect of this specific facet of the design system many people are uncomfortable with or (at the very least) aren’t terribly confident in implementing. One would think any chance given to develop improved hands-on understanding of how to more effectively utilize earthmoving technologies – and potential work capacity they represent – would be very welcome.
That opportunity is now provided through a series of courses being given at Ringo’s Tiger Hill Farm in Buckland, Tasmania this upcoming February 2015. I’m quite confident in saying that it would be difficult to find someone better able to share the combination of field experience Ringo has to offer within this course.