Alle indlæg af Cathrine Dolleris

FUTURE CONVERSATIONS KOMMER TIL DANMARK I JANUAR 2021

DATO: søndag d. 17 januar til søndag d. 11 april 2021

KLOKKEN: 19.00 – 21.00

STED: online

En serie af 6 online samtaler spredt ud over 12 uger

Future Conversations er et online faciliteret forløb, udviklet i England, som handler om at skabe både personlig og fælles modstandskraft (resilience), som kan hjælpe os til at håndtere de lammende følelser, der rammer os, når vi fokuserer på verdens tilstand og klimaforandringerne. Hvordan kan vi møde de udfordringer, fremtiden vil bringe, på en mere konstruktiv måde?

I seneste nummer af Permakulturtidsskriftet skriver Mira og Esben om, hvordan angsten for klimakrisen kan handlingslamme os. Future Conversations byder på en fortroligt samtale-rum hvor der er plads til følelser af angst, smerte og melankoli – følelser som vi er nødt til at finde en ny måde at være med, for at kunne bevæge os videre. I samtaler om vores forbundethed til kloden, og alt det levende, kan nye fortællinger, motiver og planer spire. Samlet kan vi inspirere hinanden, lære fra hinanden og generere ideer der fanger fællesskabets interesse. Det skaber momentum og styrke til at handle og komme i gang med noget, der er brug for.

Facilitator af forløbet bliver dygtige Pamela Candea. Pam har været med til at udvikle Future Conversations med sine kolleger i The Surefoot Effect i England, og de trækker på mange års arbejde med Carbon Conversations (Rosemary Randall), The Work that Reconnects (Joanna Macy), og andre resiliens- og fællesskabsorienterede projekter og metoder.

Faciliteringen vil foregå på engelsk, men i gruppearbejder kan vi tale en blanding, hvis nogen har det bedre med at udtrykke sig på dansk.

Det samlede forløb koster 400 kr.

Vi arbejder på at sammensætte et hold af 8 – 12 spændende og indsigtsfulde deltagere, som sammen gennemgår og udvikler sig i forløbet. Pt er der 5 pladser tilbage, så skynd dig!! Er du forhindret i at deltage en enkelt gang, er det ikke afgørende.

 

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17. januar

31. januar

21. februar

7. marts

21. marts

11. april


Vi – Krista og Frederikke – inviterer til denne serie, og er medværter.
Er du i tvivl om noget, er du meget velkomne til at kontakte os!

Frederikke Oldin 22444852
Krista Klijzing 27824112

Tilmelding er senest 10 december til kklijzing@gmail.com.

TUNAWEZA PERMACULTURE PROJECT

A new Permaculture Project is growing up in Kisumu City in West Kenya.

By Steven Odhiambo

We are the first ones in the city to grow vegetables in containers and recycled cement bags! Our wish is to have a small piece of land, though.

Introduction

Tunaweza is a Swahili word that means “we are able or we can do it“.

We are young people from Kenya living in the city of Kisumu, and due to the experience, knowledge and the need of permaculture, we managed to come up with our own project. We realized that living in the city is not much interesting if someone does not have a good job or any sources of income. We are living in an economy that is too high to match our income. Almost 80 % of the youths and women lack jobs in Kisumu City so their only option is to live from hand to mouth.

During July 2020 we decided to start up a small scale model of a permaculture project, which we refer as city permaculture, to show how to provide simple solutions in sustainable living, better food of high nutrition value, medicinal and economic value, diet diversity, transfer of skills and knowledge, empowerment, educational and learning tools, and also reduction of land degradation.

Our mission is to work with communities and people living under poor conditions and struggle every day to feed themselves and their families. We want to give knowledge, skills, and practice in integrated sustainable agriculture through social interaction and workshops following permaculture design approach and hopefully we all succeed to build up a sustainable life.

History/ background
Before we started Tunaweza Permaculture Project, most of us were in Vijana Wetu Permaculture Project. Since we met with our Danish friends in 2011, we were so much involved in youth´s development programs such as skills and talents, businesses venture and schooling. Three years ago, we got introduced into permaculture work by Tove Bang, friend and founder of Vijana Wetu Youth Project.

Vijana Wetu Permaculture Project members
Tove Bang (Vijana Wetu founder member)

Together we learned about using ecological principles and systems thinking to improve relations between people and the planet through permaculture work and education.

Permaculture ideology caught our attention and most of us realized that it could improve our living standards in the most sustainable way and giving back to the Mother Nature.

We got deeply involved in working with the community through permaculture introduction workshops, soil erosion control and soil building workshops, doing food forest, gardening practice, building home energy conservation ovens through the help of Permaculture tutors Evans Odula and professor Omwoma from Badilisha Permaculture Project in Rusinga Kenya, home solar energy use  from Mkopa solar company, Kenya and also basket weaving.


´Introduction to permaculture´ workshop

Vijana Wetu Permaculture ground work

Vijana Wetu tree- and food forest planting day

In addition, we also identified that as we do our own natural food, we could also learn about natural medicine. We managed to visit one of the experienced experts in our region called Pastor George from REEP Kenya in the village of Kajulu in Kisumu, Kenya. We planned for many trips of learning sessions and also organized a workshop, which became so successful, besides that we also managed to send two of our youths to take a certificate course by ANAMED (Action for Natural Medicine in the tropics).

A visit to Badilisha Permaculture Project
Women engaging in basket weaving project

 

Baskets ready for selling

Through training, facilitation, demonstration gardens, role modeling, and counseling for sustainable living women and youths in rural areas of Asembo have empowered themselves by establishing their own kitchen gardens, made their own energy saving ovens/jiko, installed home solar systems, and making and selling baskets.These ventures have made trained women and youths to be self-reliant and accomplish what they could not have done if they were not involved in permaculture activities.

Tunaweza Permaculture Project – Team members

Our team members of the Tunaweza Permaculture Project are young strong youths, who can still work by their hands. They are skilled and multitalented in different areas.

Zedekiah Abeta (Zedee)

We have Zedee, who is a student in Kisumu polytechnic, studying civil engineering and he has so much knowledge and interest in medicinal plants.

He is head of medicinal plants department in Tunaweza Permaculture Project.

 

Steven Odhiambo

 

We have Steve, who is a travel agent, but now focused to develop Tunaweza Permaculture Project, and he also wants to be a permaculture PDC teacher.

He is curently Tunaweza Permaculture Project operation manager.

 

Victor Ochieng

We then have Vicky Boy, who is a bussines man, hairdresser, actor and a musician. He is incharge of the social welfare and entertainment department in the project.

 

Nancy Wereh

Lately we have Nancy Wereh, who is a business lady and would wish to be a nurse if she gets the oportunity to join a nursing school. She is the woman represantative in the project and now she has started up with her own women group for developments.

To do a difference in the city – it´s a challenge!

It´s quite different to work in the city, and one of the biggest challenges we face currently is that it´s too expensive to own or to rent a parcel of land to really build up a demonstration farm. Recently we had a tough situation to even fence a very small piece of land, which is necessary because of loose cattle and chicken. We were offered the land by the landlady to do our demonstration garden. The problem was due to the fact that there were so many complaints laid down that the land belongs to the Estate Cooperation Society. It was meant for parking, thus the authority to do so from the landlady did not matter. This really disorganized our plans, but that’s not where we opted to get stuck.

Sometimes the biggest obstacles are to take the first steps, and we know that believing in ourselves, that ´we can do it´ as our project name suggests, is our biggest motivation. One of the important things, permaculture has taught us, is to work with the little available resources, and also to find solutions out of our problems. Our simple answer has been to use our own back yard and balcony garden and still make a difference.

Focus

In Tunaweza City Permaculture Project, 1st face, we have decided to promote healthy living by designing a kitchen vegetable garden. This is going to act as a model farm for demonstration to show city dwellers to replicate the same idea.

Our main reason for this 1st face project is to:

-promote healthy eating of natural vegetables, fruits and herbs from one´s own garden. 98 % of the population living in Kisumu are either buying greens from the groceries, supermarkets or open air markets. Most of these products are chemically grown and packed thus leads to so many people eating unhealthy foods which causes health problems.

– cheap and readily available food-kitchen gardens will help city dwellers to save so much money as they get their vegetables easily from their doorstep or balconies.

– clean air circulation around city houses. Cities are full of companies generating much waste products which sometimes are burned in open air thus producing much of air pollution and CO2. This creates unhealthy air circulation in the horizon that leads to health problems, so we want to encourage the city dwellers to do more gardens, because the fact remains that the greener the surrounding the fresher the air.  

– practicing garden will also help the city dwellers to stay grounded to the nature.

– aesthetic matter- plants makes your home more green and beautiful thus makes you feel peaceful  and more relaxed.

Through research we found out that there are those vegetables that are mostly consumed among the city dwellers like kales, spinach, carrots, cucumber, pepper, chili and cabbage, and our wider plan is to grow various varieties of indigenous vegetables too that serves as food and at the same time medicinal plants.

Bellow is the category list that we want to grow:

-Bell peppers    – spinach           -onions              -turmeric      -kales    -tomatoes    -cucumber         -carrots      -chili        -potatoes       -turmeric         -rosemary      -cabbage    -ginger      -broccoli          -water melon –   rue          -thyme   -basil   -chives      -lemon grass   -passion fruit

Layout methods

Container gardening – the practice of growing plants in portable objects like carry bags and pots of different sizes to grow plants.

 

Vertical gardening – maximizing the space by growing plants upwards using support systems like walls, fences, trellis and build structures.

Four main reasons for the two layout methods

– we have limited space.

– our budget is limited, and we can´t afford the budget for much equipments.

– prevent waste, due to the fact that we live in a rented house.

– we can increase accessibility by bringing the plants off the ground for watering, manuring and even harvesting.

Steve, Zedee and Nancy at the land claimed to be a parking space


House verandah space for gardening – before starting up            Backyard

Nursery preparation


Our vegetables a few weeks after transplant


Mulching


Raised beds     

                                                                                                                                 

First harvesting stage


1st face obstacles

Doing city permaculture or urban gardens can be an amazing experience but still there are problems that as a famer you will have to tackle.

– Permits – if your garden is in the city you need permit for tilling the land, putting up a fence or just putting your plant containers in a rented space to avoid problems with the landlords or neighbors.

– Human elements – it’s a good idea to talk to your neighbors before putting up a front yard or backyard garden and don’t assume that they will always be helpful and supportive of the efforts you make .They might be the ones that will first interfere with your project as they allow kids or their animals (chicken) to run into your garden.

– Sun protection – we are so much subjected to sunscald and radiant heat due to plenty concrete floor of the verandah and the big house. When the surfaces heat of through the day then water in the containers dry up so fast thus affecting the plants.

– Contaminated soil – soil in the city is too contaminated and most of the time we have been pricked by needles and also find so much plastic waste.

– Water supply – we realized that our water bill has risen to ksh 3,500 from the normal ksh 1300, and this is too expensive and we wish to use rain water if perhaps we shall install rain water gutters and pipe to a small water tank .

1st face results

For us it is very useful to understand why food gardens succeed, and why it might fail. It means we can be more intelligent about planning and rolling out other similar projects in future.

From the little success we achieve by doing our first face, we would love to encourage people to do city permaculture and to know how to design home gardens, because we have just started to  harvest healthy fresh produce. We believe that a family of four can be fed all-year round of a piece of soil the size of a door, if done right with the right resources.

We have learned that putting a little investment in the right seeds and work process can lead to more yield that can enable us to earn some extra cash if we sell the produce hence we will have a sense of purpose and pride too.

We already started to learn much in gardening skills, composting and soil preparation, as well as the value of eating our own harvest.

In our next face we will love to incorporate much of medicinal plants and mix different varieties of vegetables, as we elaborate the steps of soil building and the use of container and vertical gardening.

 

Besøg på Skovvirke med Orø Fællesjord

Tekst og fotos: Cathrine Dolleris

En torsdag i oktober havde Orø Fællesjord arrangeret et besøg på et af minilandbrugene på Svanholm, Skovvirke, som Mira og Esben er i gang med at etablere.

Orø Fællesjord er en forening, der har til formål at etablere og drive skovlandbrug på Orø. Besøget på Skovvirke var således dels en studietur og dels en tur for medlemmer og de andre heldige, der var kommet med.

Solrig sydskråning

Mira Illeris tog imod gruppen på toppen af bakken lige syd for et af Svanholms skovområder. Placeringen af minilandbrugene er nøje valgt for den solrige beliggenhed, der giver mulighed for passiv solvarme, højere fotosyntese og dyrkning af mere eksotiske planter. Udsigten var fornem og Roskilde Forbrænding sås tydeligt i det fjerne. Til gengæld var blæsten også en faktor, der skulle tages højde for i designet af stedet.

Mira Illeris viser bregnen strudsvinge i et bed på Skovvirke, da Orø Fællesjord var på besøg.

Læs videre Besøg på Skovvirke med Orø Fællesjord

AFLYST pga corona: Invitation til LAND forsamling i Vester Vedsted

UHR-Skoven byder velkommen til LAND Forsamling den 13. – 15. november i Vester Vedsted ved Ribe. Regn med at møde masser af skønne mennesker og et inspirerende netværk, samt masser af fælles aktiviteter, der vil bringe permakultur fremad.
 
Billedet indeholder sandsynligvis: himmel, træ, plante, græs, sky, bjerg, bro, friluftsliv og natur
 
I UHR-Skovens ånd vil LAND Forsamlingen være spredt ud over landsbyen Vester Vedsted med flere lokaliteter i spil – derfor medbring tøj efter vejret. Vi starter i Forsamlingshuset fredag med fortællinger fra LAND centrene. Traditionen tro får vi en rundvisning på stedet lørdag og mulighed for at udveksle erfaringer og planlægge for fremtiden. Lørdag aften rykker vi måske til Dorethe og Christians have med bål og lokal spillemand lørdag om vejret tillader det. Søndag besøger vi det flotte Orangeri på Oak River Farm.
 
Der vil være lokal privat indkvartering – shelter, telt eller hus – medbring selv sovegrej. Maden laves af Signe i årstidens bedste ingredienser. Børn er yderst velkomne – de skal medbringe udetøj, da vi laver udendørsaktiviteter. Medbring madpakkecontainer til søndag.
Vi glæder os til at se jer allesammen!
 
Permahilsner
UHR-Skoven
Dorethe, Kirsten & Christian
 
 
No-show-up-fee på 300 kr. Indbetales på følgende box; 5165FU, tilbagebetales ved ankomst.
 
Vi følger myndighedernes anbefalinger i forhold til corona, derfor kan ændringer forekomme.

Christian er bidt af Kredsløb og respekt for naturen

Fra JyskeVestkysten

Christian Lykou og Dorethe Holmstrup bor i Vester Vedsted sammen med deres tre børn og en masse insekter, der lever godt af parrets tilgang til at dyrke naturen. Christian er bidt af permakultur, der er en bæredygtig dyrkningsmetode, som tager udgangspunkt i respekt for klima og natur. Mød familien på næste LAND forsamling d. 13-15. November.

JV (JyskeVestkysten), dagblad i Jylland og på Fyn bringer permakultur-artikler om tiltag og initiativer i Ribe-området.

Læs hele artiklen her

Etik workshop på Diplom gathering

Af Aiah Noack

De tre etiske grundregler er enkle at huske, og kendt af alle permakulturister.

https://www.knoxvillepermaculture.net/permawhat

På Permaculture gathering i London marts 2020 blev etik drøftet i en workshop og det er tanker og indtryk herfra, som jeg kort vil belyse og trække op.

Kerry … der holdt workshoppen indledte med et taknemmelighedsritual der lagde stemningen og integriteten for hele workshoppen. Hun beskrev etikken således:

  • Jorden – Gaia – indbyggerne
  • Folket – det hjerte de bringer – forfædre der bringer livet videre
  • Fordelingen – de ressourcer vi tager vare på – den overflod som naturen øser af – før og efter

Vi refererer til David Holmgren for etik og principper, men Mollisons kunne også være fine.

Spørgsmålene der kommer op:

  • Er alle etikkerne lige vigtige?
  • Etik i permakultur designs?
  • Etik sammenlignet med andre discipliner, som buddhismens fem forskrifter, de ti bud, the do’es and the don’ts
  • Det regenerative landbrug i permakultur?

Helt centralt for os der gerne vil lave ti designs i et diplomarbejde – er etik noget der går dybere end at checke om det passer til designet som en eftertanke eller en checkmetode? Skal og kan der checkes op til sidst, eller kan og skal de etiske grundregler indtænkes ved designets første skitser og noter? Der var overvejende enighed blandt workshop deltagerne om at etikreglerne blev checket til sidst, ikke indtænkt fra start. Spørgsmålet er om det er noget vi skal arbejde med, udvikle på, gøre mere centralt i opgavearbejde. Er det ikke i virkeligheden etikreglerne i en nøddeskal?

Aiah Noack, PDC-holder, indehaver af LAND-centeret Naturplanteskolen

Deltagelse i diplomforsamlingen 7-8. marts var støttet af Erasmus+.

Der var godt liv i forsamlingen og netværket blev styrket på kryds og tværs.

Haven udenfor centeret i London, hvor diplom-forsamlingen blev holdt.

Midt i en fremlæggelse af design og metoder brugt.

Ny måde at blive diplomholder- snart en realitet i England

Tekst og fotos af Marianne Mark

Der er pt. over 500 permakultur diplomstuderende(aspiranter) og 40 tutorer i England.

Som ny diplom aspirant i det engelske system var jeg med til Diplom Gathering i London i marts 2020, hvor ca. 80 af disse aktive diplom folk mødtes.

Det, som jeg virkelig bed mærke i, var, at rigtig mange diplomaspiranter var “stuck”. Det var nærmest en joke blandt diplom-aspiranterne “Nå er du også stucked”. De fleste havde været tilmeldt permakultur diplom studiet i 3-10 år uden af blive færdige. Generelt sagt var Diplom projektet blevet for stort og uoverskueligt for mange, uden der var støtte nok.

De 10 design, du skal aflevere i England for at blive Diplomholder, var i folks hoveder blevet til nærmest 10 afgangsspecialer fra universitetet, så ikke så underligt at folk ikke kunne overskue dette selvstudie.

Stuckness i Diplomsystemet er et problem i England, som en arbejdsgruppe “Modular Diploma” nu gør noget ved. De afholdt en workshop om temaet på konferencen, den deltog jeg i.

Til min store glæde fremlagde Jo Barker en super god ide, som ændrer det nuværende diplom system til et “Modular Diploma”.

Ideen gik ud på at lave  3 moduler ud af Diplomuddannelsen sådan at man efter PDC kurset tager:

*       Modul 1, hvor der undervises i virkeligheden eller online, og herefter afleveres 2 design,
*       Modul 2, hvor der undervises i virkeligheden eller online og herefter afleveres 3 design
*       Modul 3, hvor der undervises i virkeligheden eller online og herefter afleveres de sidste 5 design.

Herefter er du diplomholder i permakultur.

Der var meget stor opbakning til forslaget fra alle fremmødte og fra Permaculture Association Britain. En deltager sagde endda “I like this
spoon fed way – then I can get through it”. Når du sejler rundt med 10 diplom designs i din egen sø, så er der bare ikke den næring, der kommer via fælles læring, udvikling og sparring. Endvidere hjælper det også at dele tingene op. Så man ikke starter med at snakke om 10 design, men starter med at    snakke om 2 design.

Jeg håber meget på, at vi i Danmark, kan efterligne den engelske model og bryde permakultur diplomsystemet op i 3 bider med mere undervisning tilknyttet, så det bliver spiseligt for mange flere. Det er tid til en permakulturel omstilling i Danmark og derfor også tid til at få mange flere gennem diplomsystemet og derfor må vi også tilbyde en undervisning, der tager højde for, at vi er mennesker, der trives bedst i fællesskab og fysiske læringsmiljøer, i stedet for at sejle i egen sø.

Jeg glæder mig til at diskutere dette i DK på et tidspunkt.


Flerårige kål og kompost i lange baner

Charles Dowding viser små spirer frem, der har fået varmen ovenpå 1,5 m3 hestemøg under varmeudvikling. Systemet ses bag Charles og selvfølgelig med et termometer i, så han kan følge med i varmeudviklingen.

Inden Diplom Gathering var Aiah, Kurt og jeg på besøg hos “No dig” manden Charles Dowding i Alhampton i Somerset, hvor jeg forelskede mig i Charles’ Kompostsystem. Charles er en mand der sætter tingene i system og det havde han så sandelig også gjort med sin kompost. Se billedet herunder. Lige midt i haven havde han havens motor. 5 rum med hver 1,5-2 m3, hvor han producerede kompost i lange baner. Sådan et system vil blive kopieret på Køge Fælles jord indenfor det næste års tid.

Dernæst var vi hos Mandy, Incredible Vegetable i Ashburton. Her var det skønt at se Mandy´s enorme samling af Flerårige kål og mange andre spændende flerårige grøntsager. Aiah søger for at mange af dem bliver tilgængelige i DK via Naturplanteskolen.   

Aiah foran Charles Dowdings have ”motor” – 5 rum med kompost produktion.

 

Charles Dowdings lækre kompost.

 

Aiah, Kurt og Mandy hos Incredible Vegetable, hvor de mange forskellige flerårige kål strutter af styrke og sundhed.

 

Incredible Vegetables, Mandy viser sine flerårige kål frem.