Conference “Polycultures and Permaculture”

by Pavlo Ardanov

Research and practice conference “Polycultures and Permaculture” aimed at establishing collaboration between researchers and practitioners to promote biodiversity-based agriculture will be organized on 1 – 6 of February 2020 (Kyiv, Ukraine; Davis, USA; online sessions).

Functionally assembled crop combinations and rotation schemes help to maintain ecological regulation for soil fertility, pest and disease control, diversify farm produce to increase their sustainability, aid carbon sequestration and support local biodiversity. Our conference is a networking place between agroecologists, conservation biologists, farmers and policy makers to combine conceptual knowledge with the practical experience.

We offer blended conference format with the possibility of both online and in-person participation, and several sessions distributed across the time zones from 1st till 8th of February 2020. Researchers and practitioners are invited to publish their findings in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings as abstracts or short reports. Participation in the conference and publication in proceedings are free of charge.

The aim of this conference goes beyond collecting presentations. We want to create expert teams to compose policy recommendations on biodiversity-based agriculture, which will be delivered in a form of conference resolution and publication in a research journal (funding available). University lecturers, researchers and practitioners are invited to contribute towards recording video lectures on designing crop polycultures for informal and for the academic education courses (funding available). Finally, we would like to establish research team to develop an algorithm, free software and mobile application for designing crop polycultures. We offers several discussion sessions to brainstorm your ideas and establish new expert teams.

Please, visit the conference web-page, fill the registration form, follow conference updates on Facebook, and share and discuss best crop diversification practices on the project Facebook page. We shall be grateful for sharing conference video invitation in social media.

BUILDING “A TROPICAL PERMACULTURE FOREST & ECO VILLAGE” IN GHANA

Become our tropical permaculture volunteer expert for one year with everything paid in an eco village in Ghana.

Your tasks will be:

  • To make a tropical permaculture design
  • To educate local and international students in tropical permaculture design & forest
  • To involve future investors in the development of “a tropical permaculture forest & eco-village” in Ghana.

AN ECO VILLAGE IN GHANA

Accra is a city of explosive growth, but a growth at the expense of the environment and climate, and youth unemployment is alarmingly high. We dream of a Ghana that does not repeat the mistakes that the developing countries made. With the power of example, together we show another way.

We have started building eco-friendly houses in our eco village (see Facebook: Green Growth Education (Ghanaian NGO)

Contact: Lasse Dalén Boakye-Yiadom Andersen, Phone: +233 54 55 90 631, Mail: lassedalen [at] yahoo [dot] dk

IPEN & Education News

iLAND Centre Network

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/

Education Resources

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/

52 Climate Actions – https://www.52climateactions.com/

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 Australia.

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.

Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture courses

In this two day course for parents, teachers and other educators to learn how to engage children in permaculture, participants will learn how the permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education; discover some great benefits of outdoor learning; learn how to create child-led sessions which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head; and much more!  

28&29 Sep @ Landmatters, Devon, England

5&6 Oct @ the Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, England

5&6 Oct @ LearningInNature, Espoo, Finland

9&10 Nov @ Montrose, Angus, Scotland

and more… watch this space:

More info: http://childreninpermaculture.com/events/  

Contact us:  cip.info.training [at] gmail [dot] com

New process for adding events to our calendar

Due to some changes in our team, Volkmar and Leo left, we had to streamline our process of addingt events to our event calendar a little.

In the past our calendar was managed by Leo and Cathrine. With Leo gone we need to make sure that Cathrine doesn’t have to work more.

Our new process is described in our submitting guidlines and involves creating a so called iCal file. Basically you have to use another website to create a certain file that we can then import into the EuPN calendar.

Please make sure that you follow that new process and help us with our work.

Thank you!

Search for niche innovations in Europe in the field of food and agriculture

Dear European Permaculture-Network,

We from NAHhaft together with our project partners Friends of the Earth Europe and Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia would be grateful for your support. This would involve reaching out to people from a variety of sustainable niche initiatives in the agriculture and food systems of Europe, and increasing awareness of these initiatives.

The research project aims at finding a plurality of food and agriculture related niche innovations that are not yet or barely known in Germany. By means of their Europe-wide promotion, impulses for a sustainable adaptation of the niches in many regions across Europe should be set. In addition, the diversity of niches is meant to unleash synergy effects on a sustainable transformation of these food systems.

We are currently in in the research phase. In order to reach as many initiatives as possible, it would be of great support to the project, if you could pass on the document in attachment to your members and associate networks or if you could upload it to your homepage and social media platforms.

Additional project related information can be found here:

https://www.ernaehrungswandel.org/fileadmin/Website/NEuropa/NEuropa_Flyer.pdf

If you have suggestions in this regard, please write them to us: helen.engelhardt [at] nahhaft [dot] de

You are invited to visit our homepage, if you are interested in getting to know more about our work at NAHhaft: https://www.nahhaft.de

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best regards

NAHhaft– 

Helen Engelhardt

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin