Report from ECOLISE training in Brussels

Margin: a wall or a doorway?

People from Permaculture movement are aware that there are already solutions for many problems which humanity is facing today. But somehow the solutions are not implemented in the broader society. While individuals, permaculture initiatives, ecovillages, transition towns and communities around the world have developed multiple tools and approaches for a more resilient culture, the society in general continues to hit ecological boundaries of the planet, sink in economic crises and drown in social challenges.

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Nordiskt möte 20-22 januari 2017

Mötet hålls på Friland, Danmark fredag 20 januari kl 16 till söndag 22 januari kl 13.

Permakulturister från de nordiska länderna träffas och tar beslut om Nordens permakultur föreningars organisatoriska frågor som diplom, utbildning etc.

Det blir rundvisning av det fantastiska Friland.

Information om boende, program etc kommer, det som finns i dagsläget hittar du här:

http://permakultur-danmark.dk/da/events/nordisk-traef-2017/
http://www.permakultur.se/event/nordic-meeting/

Alla medlemmar är välkomna att få inblick i det nordiska samarbetet!

Permakultur Sverige huvudvärd för forumet “In transition for Resilience

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Permakulturföreningen stod som huvudvärd då REALSprojektets sista internationella forum “In Transition for Resilience” gick av stapeln i Järna den 16-19 juni. Deltagare ifrån 19 olika länder och från en mångfald av initiativ och nätverk gav varandra rum för viktiga möten, inspiration, lärande och nya samarbeten. Forumet hade en stark Öst-väst prägel, då samtliga Östersjöländer samt Norden var representerade, däribland 16 deltagare ifrån Ryssland.

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FoodDiversity PreStudy launches at Sambruket in Skåne

The New Baltic Sea Region partnership explores benefits of integrating biodiversity into small-scale food production to enhance food security

The Food|Diversity Pre-Study Project had an energetic start at its kickoff meeting held August 19th-21st on the beautiful grounds of Sambruket i Sösdalabygden (previously named Södra Rörums Sambruk)in the small village of Norra Mellby, located 3 km outside Sösdala, Sweden. The three-day event included participants from five Baltic Sea Region countries, including representatatives from organisations in Estonia, Russia, Poland, Belarus and Sweden.

The international gathering of participants discussed their vision for the 12-month pre-study, intended to explore the benefits of integrating biodiversity into the design of small-scale food production. The aim of the project is to highlight and benefit agro-ecological systems and approaches where food production and biodiversity are integrated in the design.

This Swedish Institute funded pre-study will enable the international team of practitioners and researchers team to explore biodiversity in food production from several perspectives in each region, ranging from the diversity of seed preservation, saplings and soils, to the role of cultural diversity for those producing food both for themselves and for the market. While the main output of the pre-study will be a proposal for a larger, multi-year, regional Food Diversity project, the group also took the opportunity to brainstorm about how immediate resources and efforts put forward in the Pre-Study could become a foundation, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region, for providing some immediate, valuable resources that could be tapped into by practitioners, researchers, and even policymakers within the wider agroecology, permaculture and organic agricultural community.

Sambruket proved to be the perfect venue by nourishing participants with meals prepared using locally-produced and organic ingredients, and by providing a bright, airy space to stimulate the spirit of collaboration and co-creation among participants. Thanks to a mix of one-on-one conversations, collaborative group discussions, inclusive seminars held indoors, and mobile study visits outdoors, the group was able to stay engaged throughout the participatory workshop. Short seminars featured participants such as Sambruket chairperson Oscar Kjellberg who gave the team an overview of what Sambruket is all about. FoodDiversity Project Co-Founder Emilia Rekestad, together with Editor of ”Odlaren” magazine Karin Jansson, walked the team through why is it important to integrate biodiversity and food production.

Lund University Human Ecology Division Researcher Marcella Samuels introduced the team to biodiversity in relationship to agroecology and permaculture. FoodDiversity Project Coordinator Annevi Sjöberg gave a presentation on ways to apply biodiversity in both public spaces and in home gardens. The group had the opportunity to make a study visit to see the newly purchased Sambruket property at Ankhult Farm, which will soon host a One-Year in Transition team as part of the growing transition initiative led by the Sambruket team. In addition, Johan Widing hosted the team at his organic farm at Bokeslundsgården, in addition to providing an extensive tour of his family-built operation. The final day wrapped up with productive brainstorming sessions which helped participants co-create and align priorities on both desired educational materials and other key outputs identified as critical for the pre-study.

In addition to strengthening the competence within the Baltic partnership for applying biodiversity in small-scale agricultural operations, the FoodDiversity pre-study is expected to lead to another long-term project proposal either under the EU Horizon 2020 program or through a similar European-based regional body. The next meeting will be held in autumn 2015, and will be hosted by the Network of Estonian Eco-Communities (NEEC), the FoodDiversity project partner organization in Estonia.

By Marcella Samuels