Invitation to participate in the research project Increasing Agricultural Resilience with High-Performance Polycultures

by Pavlo Ardanov

Do you practice, research or study ecologically intensive agriculture, where the farm needs in nutrient turnover and biocontrol are primarily met by diversifying cultivated and wild plants and animals? Are you motivated to reduce farm inputs and pollution while increasing economic and environmental resilience, sustaining resident biodiversity and increasing carbon sequestration?

If yes – we invite you to contribute to the research project of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, University of California, Davis and the NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine” to co-develop an algorithm and SOFTWARE FOR DESIGNING CROP POLYCULTURES (simultaneous cultivation of several crops on the same land), and POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE BIODIVERSITY-BASED AGRICULTURE. And also the first polyculture system – DIVERSIFIED TREE NUT AND FRUIT ORCHARD, with a variety of cover crops, other commercial crops, and/or fodder crops integrated with livestock.

How to contribute?

Design and implementation of efficient crop polycultures requires collaboration between farmers, researchers, and policy makers. Resilient, resource efficient and diversified production systems will help farmers to overcome the forthcoming economic crisis. Please, spend 10 – 15 minutes to share your experience and vision. Together we can help growers to design future of agriculture systems – knowledge intensive and wise, productive and nature friendly.

P.S. if you are interested to know more about already available databases and algorithms for designing plant polycultures – see these videos.

National Permaculture Convergence (Britain)

September 11-13, Oxfordshire, England.
Bringing about positive change can be hard work. It’s important to make strong, lasting connections with people who share our hopes and concerns for the future. 
The convergence is about encouraging people from all across Britain to come together as a community of designers, educators, learners and activists putting permaculture at the heart of a network of thriving communities.

So if you’re looking for some positive energy for recharging your soil, soul and society, then look no further!

Full weekend adult tickets for members are available from £105. Non-member prices are 20% higher. Subsidised places are available for those on lower incomes.

Spanish Convergence in July

23d until the 26th of July

This year, the yearly Spanish Permaculture Convergence will be held in a special place, the eco-village Lakabe. Lakabe can be found in the North of Spain, in Navarra. 40 years ago, on the 21st of March 1980, it was an abandoned settlement which was foundagain by a group of people with a Vision. Today, they are living that Vision and about 40 people live in this regenerated, self-contained community. 

Permacultura Íbera, the organizing body of the “CEP” (Convergencia Estatal de Permacultura), the Spanish yearly Permaculture Convergence, is grateful for the opportunity to be able to offer the national Permaculture Designers to spend time in this inspiring place, and looks forward to celebrating their 40 years of existence with Lakabe’s residents. 40 years of voluntary frugality, of setting an example, 40 years of working wíth nature, nót against it. See you in Lakabe from the 23d until the 26th of July! 

Lakabe, medieval Spanish ghost town becomes self-sufficient ecovillage (YouTube)

EUPN Next steps

We are currently planning a smaller meeting to develop the next phase of the EUPN, more details in the next issue. We are considering an online summit next year. If anyone has experience/ideas or motivation to get involved, please contact us.

Valerie Seitz (on behalf of EUPN)
Permakultur Austria – Leitung Akademie

Earth Activist Training

15 – 28 August 2020

Facilitated by  Starhawk and Alfred Decker
Earth Activist Training (EAT) is an intensive course combining theory with practical hands-on learning. We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalisation, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity. 

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. 

Alfred Decker has been involved with permaculture projects and social movements and projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is the founder of the 12 Principles Permaculture Design consultancy, and is focused on facilitating permaculture teacher trainings

Helena von Bothmer is a gardener and permaculture designer. She is one of the earliest permaculture teachers in Sweden and has given well over 20 PDC and many shorter courses.To enroll: Send mail to helena [at] kosterstradgardar [dot] se

Rakesh’ courses

Look up our courses on our new web site:

Highlights coming up are a teacher training course in March/AprilA permaculture design course in Denmark August followed by a week of hands on on Jutland (promo to come soon). Preceded by 9 days of introductions and hands on in Sweden (promo to come soon).
All projects we have running under Roots n Permaculture banner are also listed on the web site
Next new project which comes online soon will be about holistic health, plus a new youth project.

All courses listed here: