Cesnet: Terra Fest 2018

Dear Friends and Members,

As you are aware, we are in the eighth year of Terrafest, which, with your support has progressed step by step and making a very special impact in uniting several bioregions and organizations to get their voices heard on the necessity of a transformation in our relations with each other, our land and all its species.

So, its your chance to act during our this year’s manifestation in finding local solutions, with the help of this life cycle analysis from Seed to Climate change which can lead us all to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. Development is going in the right direction but we are still far from a compatible path to reaching it, so join us taking the right steps towards a sustainable future starting with seeds as our health and our democracies are the related to our social, economic and ecological patterns that will need to change.

  • Join our crowd funding campaign on https://www.ulule.com/terrafest/, to help us in proceeding with our project, you are one of the co-creators of this initiative, thanks!
  • Vote for our event on the “Best Climate Solutions” award on https://www.bestclimatesolutions.eu/sign-up-login/ by logging in and choosing Terrafest. During the online polls, registered users on the Best Climate Solutions website can vote for the admitted candidates and share them on the social networks, increasing their chances to win. The online polls are open from September 24 to October 15, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST).

The walk will begin on 27th July, 2018 from Karlovac, Croatia, entering into Slovenia, Nuovo Mesto and conclude at Zalec, Slovenia near the border to Austria. Hosting is provided by local organizations on the way who are joining as members in the network.

Thank you for your interest in our dreams. We hope to see you going on this path into the green countryside of Croatian rivers and Slovenian hills to enjoy this moment of sharing,

Terrafest working Team

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New Nordic LAND cooperation

Permaculture is best experienced hands-on, we believe. Demonstration sites and inspiring teachers are one of the keys to adopting permaculture in the general consciousness of societies. Therefore, the Learning, Activity, Network and Demonstration (LAND) project is starting this year in Sweden and Finland, while Estonia will have its first permaculture LAND demonstration site next year. Denmark is helping with training of LAND counselors and assessors. The Nordic LAND network is funded by NordPlus.

22 delegates from five countries met at Koster Islands in Sweden on the border to Norway in August to start the cooperation and assess Kosters Trädgårdar as the first LAND centre in Sweden. It was an enjoyable long weekend with Helena von Bothmer as the very knowledgeable and deep rooted hostess and gardener.

The second meeting in early October at the community centre Koroinen in Turku/Åbo in Finland proved to be encouraging to further the network and cooperation between partners. Dedicated hosts encouraged presentation of designs from around Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark.

A tour around the community centre of Koroinen on protected land next to the river Aura was welcome and took us to a large area of allotments, bicycle repair shop, ceramic workshop, organic shop, a collective of 5 people, the Koroinen café, the sculpture park, bee hives, compost toilets and plant guild systems adapted to the Finnish climate.

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 years of EuPN Vision and Strategy Group – thanks!

The recent EUPC13 in Bolsena, Italy, hosted the launch of the European Permaculture Network (EuPN). Formed by representatives of 23 permaculture organisation from 18 countries, EuPN was kicked-off in a series of face-to-face events between 7 and 11 September 2016. As a result, the EuPN Vision and Strategy Group could finally be merged in the new structures of the EuPN.

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Principles and Structure – Draft

The proposed Principles and Structures of the EuPN contain details of the following aspects:

Three principles:

  1. Self-government / sovereignty
  2. Free agreements
  3. Transparency

Structure, Governance and Decision-making

  • Purpose, Organisational design principle and Structure (Working groups, Country representatives)
  • Governance
  • Decision-making (within working groups, at the European Permaculture Convergence)