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.