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.

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!

Permaculture Scotland Gathering

Growing the future: Practical Responses to Climate Change: 28-30 June

The Permaculture Scotland gathering 2019 will be held at Rubha Phoil, Isle of Skye, starting on Friday 28th of June until Sunday 30th June. A fascinating programme including walks, talks, workshops, practicals and music. Join us for a weekend of inspiring permaculture, campfires, music and dancing.  More info: https://scotland.permaculture.org.uk/

Forest Garden Winter Camp

And again we‘ll have a winter gathering in the forest garden! These are the dates: December 15th to 21th in Verden. Housing is in heated rooms to be on the safe side. Near to winter solstice we’re probably getting up in the dark and at half past 4 it’s dark again. The time in between we’re gonna spend (besides having picnic) fighting the wild jungle in the forest garden. Trembling poplars, oaks, birches, hazels, goat willows are spreading faster than we want them to. Besides we’re gonna plant some new goodies for
humans/birds. The birches that are within the fence are also in need of their yearly cut.
In the evenings we can learn from each other, spend time in the group, discuss, cook, party and hang around.
We are looking forward to meeting people from other gardening projects as well as interested people without any knowledge, to meeting the ones we already know as well as new people!
From participants we request the following things

  • apply early and binding via mail. There are only limited places. You can also join only for a certain time of the gathering. We’ll ask you to pay a deposit to confirm your participation and save you a spot.
  • we wish for a fee for the costs of the food (they’re gonna be low, there’s gonna be some dumpster diving and donations).
  • You’ll need warm clothes! Respiring shoes are empirically good, they have to be big enough so that you can wear at least 2 pair of thick socks easily. And it also can rain at that time of the year…
  • You need a car or a bike to be mobile.
  • The gathering is a pro-feminist space. Everyone should be able to feel good at the camp and so should be save from violations of his or her personal borders. Everyone should be able to tinker with his or her own identity and shouldn’t be pushed into a certain one. So macho-behavior and homophobia would be
    out of place. For these things everybody should take responsibility.
    allmendeperma[at]web.de

EUPC 2018 harvest

Following the success of the European Permaculture Convergence in Wicklow earlier this year, Chrisi Blaha has very kindly collated and written up all the information from the event, and this is now published here on the website. You can find the complete EUPC 2018 Harvest report at http://permaculture.ie/eupc-2018/