Outputs of the Visegrad program “Permaculture for Farms”

The program “Permaculture for Farms”, 6 – 14 of July, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, gathered more than 70 participants from 4 central European Visegrad countries and from Ukraine. We have visited 6 sustainable farms and organized the conference about technological, social and economic aspects of permaculture farming. Here you can find recorded conference presentations, and in these Google folder – slides and additional materials. Here are the conference proceedings. We invite you to learn collected experience about farming practices in our countries, WWOOF, CSA, food sovereignty, network of permaculture demonstration sites, planning farming business and much more!

We are open for further cooperation! And we would like to thank to the International Visegrad Fund for supporting large-scale cooperation in our region.

Yours sincerely,

Visegrad Permaculture Parthership:

NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine” (perma.ukraine@gmail.com), Permaculture SK (kancelaria@permakultura.sk), Permakultura (CS), z. s. (hauserova@volny.cz), Deep Democracy Foundation (aquaterapia@gmail.com), and Ecological Institute of Sustainable Development (gyulai@ecolinst.hu).

2 August 2017 – Earth Overshoot Day

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On August 2, 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.

We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.

See: http://www.overshootday.org/

Of course borrowing from future labor, like we do in everyday banking, isn’t physically possible. What we have been doing systematically is to consume resources built up over eons in the past, to make up for the escalating deficit.

Time for some regenerative design and practice?

Spread the Good News

Organising courses and Events?

We regularly receive requests from members of our network to spread announcements of courses, workshops and other events. Obviously that is an important function that the network can perform.

We have a website that enables us to bring news to the attention of a huge audience. It’s a great tool, provided we use it properly. One of the advantages over printed media is that we can use the computers that make up a big part of the system to help us in gathering, processing and republishing the information about events. There’s even a name for that: syndication or in computer-speak: RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

Recently a special version of RSS was developed: ESS or Event Standard Syndication. As you can guess from this name: it’s specifically for spreading information about events.

The idea is that the organiser of an event publishes all the information about their event on their own website and then ESS takes care of spreading that information to other websites – automatically. This also means that the organiser is in full control of what information is spread and when. It enables automatic updates, when things change, like a change in date or venue or speakers.
It makes the information automatically complete, correct and timely. And is saves a lot of work and effort for everybody, while exposing the announcements to the largest possible audience. Everybody wins!

Now, this system is relatively new and it’s not in use much, but that could change quickly and decisively when a couple of coders pick up our challenge.

Calling all Coders!

We’d like to invite coders in our European permaculture community to help with this project. We want to build on the ESS standard and make it easy for all organisations in our network to publish events on their own websites using ESS. We can then configure our website to automatically check the list of those websites for events and compile a comprehensive and accurate calendar of European courses, workshops and other events. This can then serve to generate traffic to the websites of our members and expose a wide audience (of millions of people in Europe) to their wonderful events.

The ESS website provides detailed information for coders to work with. There is an example application for WordPress. So we don’t start from scratch.

Please send us an email if you are interested and able to help us this summer.

Warm regards from your EuPN Communications & Image Team

International Permaculture Day 2017

International Permaculture Day on the first Sunday in May is a day of celebration and action for permaculture around the world. It is a day when visitors can see these myriad initiatives, ask questions of their developers and decide for themselves whether the permaculture design system has relevance to the challenges we face and to creating communities that are resilient in the face of undesirable and unforeseeable impacts.

Now in its 7th year, International Permaculture Day has grown rapidly from its roots as a local Australian initiative to a global day of permaculture celebrated in over 35 countries.

Host chosen for EUPC 2018

News from the EUPC-EUPN working group

The working group ‘EUPC’ was formed at the EUPC in Bolsena 2016 with the domain to design and implement the process for the decision on the future host of the bi-annual gathering of the European Permaculture Network (EUPC).

A group of former council members and new people have met regularly since and together created a new version of the application form plus additional questions and pattern for interviews with the applicants.

We now want to give thanks to the three organizations who stepped up and were willing to host the next EUPC, which we all know is a big task! For 2018 there were applications from organizations in the Netherlands, France and Ireland. Based on the criteria collected within the working group the new host was chosen. The EUPC 2018 will be held in:

Ireland from 8th to 13th August 2018 in Wicklow, the host is the “All Ireland Permaculture Gathering/Team”

One aspect of the decision was the geographic and climatic setting, wanting to give accessibility to people in the north, after the last two EUPC having been held in the south of Europe. The organization appling has experience with hosting big events. The application form provided clear information and sketched their plan for 2018. The communication during the process was active and quick.

The information on the application process in general (like the application form, list of criteria etc.) will be provided on the website soon.

EUPC-EUPN-Working group: Margreth, Monika, Pavlo, Petra, Valerie

Contact address:  eupn-eupc@googlegroups.com


And here is an appetizer from Ireland for EUPC 18

An Oige, Knockree hostel and camping site will be our venue for EUPC 18 where the team from all over the Island of Ireland is getting ready to extend a very warm welcome to Permi’s from all over Europe.  High in the stunning Wicklow Hills on a renowned walking route called the Wicklow Way, it is possible to walk to the site in a few hours from Dublin City Centre. It’s also on a regular Dublin Bus route to facilitate as car free an event as possible. Our strong traditions of story, music and friendly folk will make this an event to remember. We will weave it all together to contribute to the new permaculture story sharing and deepening our practice together.

There will be a selection of accommodation options and lots of amazing local food some grown on site especially for the EUPC 18.

Suzie Cahn Team coordinator/convener for EUPC 18 Wicklow, Ireland

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1st Permaculture Convergence in Galicia, Spain

Facebook Group: Permacultura Galiza

QUÉ / CÓMO / POR QUÉ
DESEÑAR REXENERANDO /// DISEÑAR REGENERANDO

A I Converxencia Galega de Permacultura (CGP 2016) terá lugar no centro de coñecemento La Molinera, en Ourense, entre o 20 e o 23 de decembro de 2016.

La I Converxencia Galega de Permacultura (CGP 2016) tendrá lugar en el centro de conocimiento La Molinera, en Ourense, entre el 20 y el 23 de diciembre de 2016.

En galego /// En castellano (abajo) Continue reading “1st Permaculture Convergence in Galicia, Spain”

Lush Spring Prize

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(a press release from Lush Cosmetics)

A new £200,000 Prize for projects working on social and environmental regeneration

  • Lush and Ethical Consumer Research Association launch the new Lush Spring Prize today, a £200,000 annual prize fund that aims to support projects around the world working towards environmental and social regeneration.

    Regeneration is key to moving livelihoods and economies beyond the sustainable, to revive damaged environments by putting back more than what’s taken out.

    The Lush Spring Prize aims to support a shift towards doing things differently; affording more people the resources and the opportunity to do so.

    The Prize will award funds annually to those who are engaging in the process of regeneration in the following four categories:

    Intentional Projects (£50,000) – backing for great ideas in the early stages

  • Young Projects (£75,000) – projects 1-5 years old seeking to grow
  • Established Projects (£50,000) – beacons demonstrating success and withstanding the test of time
  • Influence Award (£25,000) – lobbying or campaigning to influence policy or public opinion in support of regeneration

A diverse panel of judges will meet in March and winners will be awarded their prizes at a high-profile event in May 2017.

Nominations are welcomed from anywhere in the world.

Note: Nominations opened on December 5th and will close on February 28th 2017. Nominations are welcomed from anywhere in the world, though this year the website only contains information in English.

The website springprize.org contains more details about the prizes as well as application forms and background information.

Do you want to host the next European Permaculture Convergence?

Dear European permaculture organizations,

European Permaculture Convergence (EUPN) working group of the European Permaculture Network (EUPC) is looking for the hosts for the next EUPCs. Taking over the tasks of the former European Permaculture Council, this working group has been formed during the EUPC 2016 in Italy.

Since 1992 every two years the EUPC took place in different European Countries.

If your organisation would like to host one of the next ones:

Please read the application form (attached). Continue reading “Do you want to host the next European Permaculture Convergence?”