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The process

East Timorese NGO Permatil (Permaculture Timor-Leste), xpand Foundation (Australian social enterprise working predominantly in Timor-Leste) and Disruptive Media (Design and strategic communications for the NFP/NGO sector) are the developers.

The team who wrote, illustrated, edited and produced the original guidebook, worked together again for this new version. We took our experiences, lessons learned and successes from producing a guidebook in three languages, to improve the quality, technical accuracy and usability for this new edition. We also drew on our extensive experiences since completing the original, as well as 10 years of notes from expert feedback on the original content and layout.

For this edition renowned permaculture practitioner Rosemary Morrow joined the team, providing invaluable advice on content, structure and readability. Emma Coupland, a professional editor as well as experienced English Second Language (ESL) teacher added a final layer of proofing and grammar editing. Graphic design company – Disruptive Media managed our formatting, website and media style. Managing Director, Lyn Jenkin, also works with guidebook partner WithOneSeed and has extensive experience producing educational materials for developing countries, especially Timor-Leste where she has worked many times.

Our project commenced with the integration of 10 years of collected edits, updates and corrections into the text body and a comprehensive review the original Permaculture Guidebook from Timor-Leste with the authors, editors, advisor Rosemary Morrow and Permatil staff. This review included feedback from farmers, community groups, NGOs, Government agriculture and education staff as well as 9 years extra experience of the authors.

A content style and structure review took place involving all contributors, revising the format to enable the new edition to adequately cover the different sub-climates and geographical variations within the world’s tropical zones and include many new techniques and strategies. Based on the review findings, a strategic plan for each chapter was created including the addition of new chapters, chapter content, how to generalise the information and what the readers need to understand through reading it.

Following the reviews, the original content has been updated and rewritten. As per the original book, many sources were researched and referenced for each section and chapter. During the rewriting process any new illustrations needed were identified and listed. Working again with the incredibly talented original guidebook artists, the new illustrations were drafted, designed then completed. Mock up chapters in various formats were then created, with a preferred design style chosen and finalised.

The new international edition was then edited chapter-by-chapter, first by co-author Ego Lemos, then technical and proofing editors Julianne Hartmann and Rob Swain, and finally by grammar and proofing editor Emma Coupland. Finally, each chapter has been formatted, reviewed with captions added, edited, reviewed and edited one last time, then finalised and uploaded to the website. A long process!

An illustration for the Soils chapter
Aziby and Edo
Aziby (foreground) and Edo
Luke formatting the guidebook
Mong and Yohan
Mong working hard, Yohan providing musical support
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