We are developing an algorithm and free software for designing crop polycultures (simultaneous cultivation of several plant crops on the same land), and I should be very grateful if you could participate in one of our surveys to share your experience or constrains for adoption ecologically intensive agriculture practices.
Survey for HORTICULTURISTS if you are large or small-scale producer of tree nut and fruit crops, permaculture designer or researcher interested in integrating other crops, including cover crops, and/or livestock into the orchard.
Survey for GROWERS if you have experience or interest in integrating additional crops and livestock into existing system.
Do you practice, research or study ecologically intensive agriculture, where the farm needs in nutrient turnover and biocontrol are primarily met by diversifying cultivated and wild plants and animals? Are you motivated to reduce farm inputs and pollution while increasing economic and environmental resilience, sustaining resident biodiversity and increasing carbon sequestration?
Fill in survey for HORTICULTURISTS if you are large or small-scale producer of tree nut and fruit crops, permaculture designer or researcher interested in integrating other crops, including cover crops, and/or livestock into the orchard.
Fill in survey for GROWERS if you have experience or interest in integrating additional crops and livestock into existing system.
Design and implementation of efficient crop polycultures requires collaboration between farmers, researchers, and policy makers. Resilient, resource efficient and diversified production systems will help farmers to overcome the forthcoming economic crisis. Please, spend 10 – 15 minutes to share your experience and vision. Together we can help growers to design future of agriculture systems – knowledge intensive and wise, productive and nature friendly.
P.S. if you are interested to know more about already available databases and algorithms for designing plant polycultures – see these videos.
September 11-13, Oxfordshire, England. Bringing about positive change can be hard work. It’s important to make strong, lasting connections with people who share our hopes and concerns for the future. The convergence is about encouraging people from all across Britain to come together as a community of designers, educators, learners and activists putting permaculture at the heart of a network of thriving communities.
So if you’re looking for some positive energy for recharging your soil, soul and society, then look no further!
Full weekend adult tickets for members are available from £105. Non-member prices are 20% higher. Subsidised places are available for those on lower incomes.
This year, the yearly Spanish Permaculture Convergence will be held in a special place, the eco-village Lakabe. Lakabe can be found in the North of Spain, in Navarra. 40 years ago, on the 21st of March 1980, it was an abandoned settlement which was foundagain by a group of people with a Vision. Today, they are living that Vision and about 40 people live in this regenerated, self-contained community.
Permacultura Íbera, the organizing body of the “CEP” (Convergencia Estatal de Permacultura), the Spanish yearly Permaculture Convergence, is grateful for the opportunity to be able to offer the national Permaculture Designers to spend time in this inspiring place, and looks forward to celebrating their 40 years of existence with Lakabe’s residents. 40 years of voluntary frugality, of setting an example, 40 years of working wíth nature, nót against it. See you in Lakabe from the 23d until the 26th of July!
We are currently planning a smaller meeting to develop the next phase of the EUPN, more details in the next issue. We are considering an online summit next year. If anyone has experience/ideas or motivation to get involved, please contact us.
Facilitated by Starhawk and Alfred Decker Earth Activist Training (EAT) is an intensive course combining theory with practical hands-on learning. We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalisation, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity.
Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality.
Helena von Bothmer is a gardener and permaculture designer. She is one of the earliest permaculture teachers in Sweden and has given well over 20 PDC and many shorter courses.To enroll: Send mail to helena [at] kosterstradgardar [dot] se