As some of you might have heard before in the circle calls, we are exploring possible formats for an online version of the EUPC. The EUPC working group has put together a proposal to join effort and create new exciting ways to share, learn and act together!
There might be some prototyping happening on national scale this year. For 2021 we are looking for a bigger offering.
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?
Fill in survey for HORTICULTURISTS if you are large or small-scale producer of tree nut and fruit crops, permaculture designer or researcher interested in integrating other crops, including cover crops, and/or livestock into the orchard.
Fill in survey for GROWERS if you have experience or interest in integrating additional crops and livestock into existing system.
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.
It’s a really exciting time for online permaculture education.
We are in our final month of crowdfunding the Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit – a project from the Permaculture Association Britain and Ethical Consumer – which is at 63% with 348 supporters all hoping to have an impact on people and planet via our new permaculture based online toolkit. It will help us ensure that our lifestyle impact is positive and that we can all live for the future.
But we need your help to get to 100% *please pledge NOW and share it widely throughout your communities*
We are hosting a webinar on the 14th January at 3:30pm UCT+1 / BST, for anyone interested in becoming a partner in this project – in part to make this online toolkit applicable internationally.
The Permaculture Association has just recruited an experienced online course developer and will begin working on its own online courses in January, with the hope of providing more diverse and inclusive education opportunities worldwide. Many of the international educator members are working together to create new content to reach local communities.
This work should feed into a variety of other projects we are working on to encourage the growth of permaculture education online and in supporting transformative permaculture educators worldwide, including exciting work as partners with BLAST.
The purpose of the BLAST partnership is to enable educators, trainers, facilitators, mentors, researchers etc. in delivering transformative learning opportunities to citizens, communities and professionals that engage as change-makers and game-changers in the social-ecological transition.
There will be a UK BLAST multiplier event on May 14th 2020, co-hosted by the Permaculture Association Britain, GEN and Gaia Education- save the date!
All of the above projects offer opportunities for permaculture educators to get involved. If you are interested in any of these projects: Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit partners meeting, BLAST, or the PAB’s education platform, please get in touch @ education [at] permaculture [dot] org [dot] uk.
The pilot iLAND Network is taking shape
with so far 3 aspiring LAND Centre projects having applied in Europe (in
Latvia, Bulgaria and Ukraine), 4 across Africa, 1 in Armenia and 1 in Laos. We
expect more to apply, to reach our target number of 12 projects in the pilot network,
which we will provide more support to and which will help us refine the iLAND
systems. We hope to have iLAND project profiles on the iLAND webpages by the
end of October. From there we expect the network to expand significantly in
Europe and around the world. For more information see: https://www.ipenpermaculture.org/ipen-priorities/iland-demonstration-centres/
A number of additional Case Studies of
inspirational projects both in Europe and elsewhere are now available via
IPEN’s Resources webpages, that can help provide guidance and inspiration to
permaculture projects and organisations in Europe. A number of useful teaching
and curriculum guides are also available, including the still highly valuable
resources produced by the European Permaculture Teachers (EPT) partnership
project – use the filter tool to search the topics at: https://www.ipenpermaculture.org/education-resources/
The webpages for the 52 Climate Actions
project have now been launched. IPEN and
other EuPN members were involved throughout and IPEN drafted an outline for
community-led Climate Action Training which is available through the website.
With various EuPN members, we are aiming to host a number of online events that
will share examples of permaculture-led climate action training and engagement
activities, including a recent successful pilot that has been run in South
Ecolise BLAST Project
The 2-year BLAST
project is underway to develop, strengthen and support a growing Europe-wide
community of practise for community-led transformative blended learning for
sustainability and climate action, with several members of the EuPN involved.
This will help widen access to tools and a platform for blended learning, that
can be used widely by permaculturists across Europe.
EuPN ReLeaP Project
It is hoped that the ReLeaP partnership
project, taken forward by the Resources for Action Working Group, and involving
9 EuPN members, will be able to be confirmed by the end of the year. If
Erasmus+ funding is approved this will deliver a 2 year ‘Regenerative
Leadership Programme’ starting in January 2020 to support the pioneers and
leaders in permaculture networks, organisations, projects and teaching across
Europe, with the aim that at least 50% of the participants will be under 30
years old. The project will involve a series of physical and online events, and
produce a number of good practice guides and resources to stimulate and support
the permaculture movement across Europe.
We (Jillian Hovey and Ben Burnley) have been on the ground in The Casamance, which is the southern Senega, and the “bread basket” of that country as the desert has advanced all through the north. We are working with a team of locals, several of whom took an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) and PDC with Jillian and other international & African teachers in The Gambia 2015, which they say was a life-changing experience. With some on-going support from Jillian, they hosted a Casamance Permaculture Convergence in 2016. And most recently, they formed the REPCA Permaculture and Ecovillage Network of Casamance, which grew out of their dream to unite their efforts and to share what they have learned to help their communities.
PermaMed is excited to be involved in yet another project that provides solutions to real and urgent problems, S’Aigo Mallorca. Water is Life. There is no two ways about it. We need Water to survive, and right now we are seeing shortages crop up around the world (California, South Africa…) as well as on Mallorca too. It’s common enough to have the taps turned off in summer for all but a couple of hours per day, whilst tourism is churning on and whilst ever more pools are being built, wells are being drilled, inhabitants are staying year round.