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

LAND Centres in Europe

The Danish LAND logo

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 priorities is:

  • Supporting the development of permaculture demonstration and education projects and the iLAND Network to connect them and share lessons, education resources and good practice;
LAND centre “Træstubben” in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Felix Becker

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.

“Koroinen” LAND centre in Turku/Åbo, Finland. Participants of a Nordplus funded LAND training and assessment tour in 2017 are striving through the rain amongst lush vegetables. Photo: Cathrine Dolleris

First LAND-center in Finland accredited

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.

Active LAND group from Koroinen

Abundant Earth Foundation and The Weaver Network

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 permaculturist​s​: 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/

Research and practice conference “Urban Permaculture”

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.