About this Blog

Its all about making the transition to an abundant and sustainable world.

My name is Steve Jones and I have worked in, studied and taught aspects of economics, ecology, sustainable development and permaculture pretty much my whole adult life. I have experience in development education, business and economics teaching, farming, landscape gardening, project development, housing cooperatives, community food growing, public speaking as well lots of permaculture design teaching.

Together with my Sector39 colleagues I run a range of courses, short and long all within a wider permaculture curriculum. I also help develop green events and businesses. I have also worked on a TV and radio for BBC Wales and Channel 4 as a green advisor.

Working in this sector for 30 years has brought me into contact with an amazing network of people: teachers, growers,  designers, craftsmen and it is from these I draw on to put together Sector39.

Sector39 is a partnership of people sharing a common interest in sustainability, community development, local produce, low impact building, traditional crafts and human scale development. We teach permaculture design courses in North Wales, across the UK and in Uganda. We like permaculture, community gardening and green crafts and work to live in a saner, more ethical world.

Based in the village of Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant in the Welsh borders, at Dragons Cooperative close to the highest waterfall in Wales.

falls at llanrhaeadr

Falls at llanrhaeadr ym mochnant

Permaculture challenges you to accept that there is a problem, that our current economic and development goals put us at odds with our planet and are counterproductive to society at large. This is the starting point of looking for change and a different kind of thinking to resolve out problems.  I like to write about solutions much more than problems, and permaculture is all about finding creative solutions. We have to see this as a time of challenges and new opportunities, big changes are inevitable, but also the opportunity for big improvements to the way we go about doing things. I see the inevitable collapse of consumerism as our big chance to get it right!

I have moved my position over the years from simply thinking the world has gone mad in terms of pollution, consumption, waste, indebtedness and poverty to one of being a determined optimist. I am convinced that we can make an evolutionary step, learning how to live sustainably and ethically, without being in a permanent state of war with either each other or the environment.

Permaculture design provides a powerful framework to think differently, it provides a basis to tackle the many problems of the day and creates a land language and concepts that allow us to have much more informed and useful conversation about sustainability. Permaculture is a paradigm shift, it takes us from problems and limitations to solutions and opportunities. As a dedicated team we provide courses and learning opportunities for people, groups, businesses and communites to tackle some of the most fundamental challenges we have ever faced.

“We stand on the edge of a sustainability revolution powered by design, intelligence and good will, rather than by material destruction, pollution and greed. Welcome to a world of new possibilities.” Steve Jones