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.

Academic and vocational permaculture education: conference presentation and proceedings

Permaculture for Academia conference with the preceding survey was organized on 29-30.09.2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine. It was focused on the academic and vocational adult permaculture education, primarily in the Visegrad counties and in Ukraine. Please, see Recorded conference presentations, Slides, and Conference proceedings. Join Facebook page and ResearchGate project Academic and vocational adult permaculture education to continue discussion and explore the opportunities for further collaboration. Particularly we would like to know if our Polish colleagues are interested in the educational collaboration as the International Visegrad Fund supports projects in Central and Eastern Europe.

Visegrad and Beyond Network of Permaculture Centers

We have launched a common network of permaculture education and demonstration centers for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine, with 100+ sites included so far. Visit our web-site to browse centers by levels, categories and specializations, follow news on Facebook (see event list here) and subscribe to the monthly bulletin with the network opportunities. Use and contribute towards our seedbank and advises on seed preservation, organizing courses and hosting volunteers.