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:
LAND Centres are steadily emerging across Europe,
as well as seeds being sown for their later emergence. IPEN, which is acting as
an EuPN Education Work Group, is keen to assist this as one of our six
Supporting the development of permaculture
demonstration and education projects and the iLAND Network to connect
them and share lessons, education resources and good practice;
We also want to help national associations
establish their own national LAND Centres systems. We see LAND Centres as
important for building the educational infrastructure within countries,
including having a potential role in teacher training and development,
development of education resources in the relevant language and as hubs for
local, regional and national networking and collaboration.
IPEN has recently launched its new website,
and within that there are a set of iLAND
pages which we really encourage you to look at.
These set out the criteria for LAND centres, provide useful resources on good
practice from established learning and demonstration projects, and an initial application
system. We already have a number of initial applications in from Europe and
around the world, and will shortly start to engage with them to form an iLAND
pilot network of 10-12 centres which we will work with more closely, whilst the
wider iLAND network grows and learns from the pilot network.
If the EUPN Erasmus+ ReLeaP application to
establish a ‘regenerative leadership programme’ is successful there will be
resources and outputs from that programme to support the development of LAND
Centres in Europe, although even without it, it is clear that LAND Centres are
here to stay, are growing steadily, and will play an important part in the
development of the permaculture movement in EuPN member countries, and across
Europe as a whole, which will help inspire a wider spread around the world.
We encourage national associations and academies to sign up to IPEN’s newsletter so that we can keep you informed of iLAND Network developments and related permaculture education issues.
A center run by the Elävän Kulttuurin Koroinen-association (Koroinen of Living Culture) in Turku celebrated its accreditation as the first LAND-center in Finland in November 2018. The LAND-network (Learning, Activity, Network and Demonstration) is an international network of sites showcasing best practices in permaculture and offering courses and skill-sharing opportunities. The accreditation celebration was followed by the annual kekri-celebration of Koroinen (Kekri is the traditional harvest time festival in Finland).
Koroinen has long been a forerunner of Finnish permaculture. The site was run by the Degree Programme in Sustainable Development at Turku University of Applied Sciences. After the Sustainable Development programme was ended in 2012, the site has been run by the Elävän Kulttuurin Koroinen-association, with the aim of promoting sustainable and traditional crafts, skills and lifestyle.
The Koroinen area is an important historical site, protected for it’s archaeological value. It’s been lived in at least since the Iron age and has been a major economic and religious hub in Finland. “We offer activities available to everybody around the year: practical courses, monthly permaculture study circles, big weekend events and lectures. We’ve been visiting LAND-centers in the Nordic countries. Based on the study tour, we made a thorough plan for all the activities here,” says Lotta Laaksonen, who was involved in the project. “The planning is now complete our work as a LAND-center can begin.” “I hope the example set by Koroinen can inspire other actors in Finland to become LAND-centers. We hope the network spreads and makes permaculture more well known in Finland”, says Marja Nuora, who acts as LAND-coordinator of the Finnish Permaculture Association. The LAND-network in Finland is governed by the Finnish Permaculture Association. “The best way to understand permaculture, is to see how it functions in practice. The LAND-centers motivate people in a down-to-earth way” says Tanja Korvenmaa, the Chair of the Finnish Permaculture Association.
Abundant Earth Foundation is a group of permaculture philanthropists and activists regenerating our environmental and social landscapes by supporting each other and pooling our resources to create a more just and inclusive world for all.
The Weaver Network is a networking platform for permaculturists: a place for us to share information, stories, best practices, and connect with others based on geography or other common interests. To help us shape this platform and add your project: https://WeaverNetwork.org/
26 of January 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine (working language – English, with the possibility of remote presentation and participation).
As it became tradition since the III Ukrainian permaculture gathering, in 2019 our national convergence will be organized along with research and practice conference to let researchers and practitioners to communicate for mutual benefit. This time the topic will be “Urban Permaculture”: we will talk about reducing and recycling of waste, creating safe, energy-saving, low-cost housing for people and preserving and creating habitats for the wildlife, efficient mechanisms for self-governance, establishment of direct economic and friendly ties between farmers and city dwellers, urban farming, environmental services and inclusive environments. Please, contribute to our diverse event with your expertise (web-site, Facebook page, registration form)! We expect up to 200 participants and offer free participation for presenters.