Lusi Alderslowe is a permaculture teacher and organiser who lives in Galloway.
Her degree in psychology and Master in human ecology led her to community work. Then the arrival of her own children drew her to work with communities of children.
When her children were small, she needed work that could fit around them and their needs, and this led her to develop a diverse range of flexible poly incomes, something that she continues today.
Lusi teaches a regular Permaculture Design Certificate course in Glasgow and is a tutor on the Diploma in Applied Permaculture, but is focusing more and more on work with children. She is the co-founder and leader of Fun Outdoors, an after school project in her town, and has developed an environmental learning project and a peace garden. She has organised many different events and courses for families to learn about permaculture such as the Family Fun Permaculture Adventure.
Her latest project is coordinating the EU, Erasmus+ funded Children in Permaculture project for the Permaculture Association. This project partly grew out of Lusi’s volunteering work which she combines with her paid work, and she sometimes struggles to remember which is which. Often her work has started voluntarily and then she has successfully applied for funding for a project, and become paid.
Lusi’s pioneering work teaching permaculture to children was recognised when she was invited to teach outdoor learning on a university teacher training programme: “As long as permaculture education is limited to adults who have the time, money and inclination to learn about it, it’s going to be quite limited, so that’s why I think we have to go to kids because kids have to be educated, even if it’s home education, but the vast majority of children go to school.”
Lusi started teaching Permaculture because she felt someone should be teaching it in Scotland and she couldn’t see anyone; “I suppose one could say that was spotting a gap in the market!” She then felt she needed to develop her own specialism, something she recommends all permaculture entrepreneurs to do.