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.
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.
Visegrad Permaculture Parthership:
NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine” (firstname.lastname@example.org), Permaculture SK (email@example.com), Permakultura (CS), z. s. (firstname.lastname@example.org), Deep Democracy Foundation (email@example.com), and Ecological Institute of Sustainable Development (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Continue reading “2 years of EuPN Vision and Strategy Group – thanks!”
The proposed Principles and Structures of the EuPN contain details of the following aspects:
- Self-government / sovereignty
- Free agreements
Structure, Governance and Decision-making
- Purpose, Organisational design principle and Structure (Working groups, Country representatives)
- Decision-making (within working groups, at the European Permaculture Convergence)