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TRAINING COURSE “YOUNG LEADERS FOR SUSTAINABILITY” OCTOBER 13-20, 2020 – ECOVILLAGE ‘TORRI SUPERIORE’ IN ITALY

Author: Victoria Schou, landscape architect. Denmark

The medieval village of Torri Superiore is a small jewel of popular architecture located at the foothill of the Ligurian Alps, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the French border, close to the coastal town of Ventimiglia. Originating in the thirteen century, the village is structured in three main bodies with more than 160 rooms, all connected by an intricate fabric of stairways.

Its complex structure has often been compared to a fortress or a labyrinth, perched on the mountainside. The village has been entirely restored and is now open to ecotourism, for courses, meetings and programs of environmental education, and offers an accommodation for stays and vacations. It is perfect for people interested in getting to know Ecovillage Life and looking for a holiday in a natural environment full of suggestions. This was the place, where the training for ‘Young Leaders for Sustainability’ took place.

 

Youth leaders

This training course was made for current and aspirant youth workers to learn tools to work with young people in ecovillages and sustainable projects. Participants from Italy, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Finland, Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands came with the motivation to become young leaders and developing their leadership skills.

The first days we had an introduction to group facilitation and we explored ourselves in relation to the group and different leadership styles. We have been introduced to different tools to work with groups of young people, especially related to life in ecovillages. After having had these theoretical lessons we got to put our new skills into practice during sessions of groupwork, where the goal was to facilitate a workshop ourselves. The participants had many fun and interesting inputs on what to facilitate a workshop on and how to structure it. We split in five groups with , and the topics of the workshops ended up being: ‘The Jounrey from Fear to Love’, ‘Finding your Personal Gift’, ‘Shadow Work’, ‘Menstruation’ and ‘Lunch’. These topics were prepared as workshops for sharing knowledge and experience from one participant to the other. During one and a half day of groupwork, the workshops were discussed, prepared and refined, so that we were able to hold space for each other.

Tools for holding space

Sociocratic methods of decision making were used to create a safe room for everybody to be in. The first day measures for Covid19 was discussed in the group, where everyone could share their thoughts and feelings on the topic. Some of us were so touched in their heart by restrictions and the urgency, that we were crying and shouting. This is the truth we live in and we see it better to express our feelings, than to suppress.

Together we are going through the process of accept, holding space, letting everyone be heard. While we wear a mask, when we speak, sanitize our hands after touching and keep distance of each other. We are living together, sharing our inner thoughts and feelings, when there is no room for touching or embracing.

We have learned skills in communication, facilitation, leadership and entrepeneurship during this training for sustainability. Lucilla is the local Italian woman living in Torri Superiore, taking part of the training as a co-facilitator. She is experienced in facilitating meetings in a positive and efficient manner to serve the association or organization to the best.

 

Personal experience

Jasper Keus from Finland has expressed himself about what the training has helped him to understand:

“For me the experience was very eye-opening. I found people with willpower and knowledge for solutions to the world crisis and ways to make them more possible. I found hope. Now I can connect with people who I know have made an effort to understand each other and themselves. People who are capable of facing conflicts and accepting our differences. It’s making us capable to work together.

We lived together for a whole week. It was special to share our backgrounds and experiences while using the tools we were gaining from the training.

I’ve learned a lot with leading and facilitating a group and I will definitely put these things into practice. I’m willing to learn more and go deeper into the art of leadership.”

 

Conflict management and communication

One of the main components of the teaching was how to handle conflict and communicate in a group, but also with your peer people. Communication at the basis is about how we exchange information with each other. Our values and our personality are recognized through communication, which can happen through three channels: verbal, para-verbal and non-verbal. If there is a duality in any of these three, there will be a miscommunication.

When a conflict arises, it will cause an emotional reaction between the people involved in the conflict. These feelings will be disagreement and discomfort. The discontent is rooted in the fact that there are two arguments going against each other, which is what the conflict arises from. Two different expectations of what was needed and requested creates the disagreement. This situation can create discomfort and our feelings will be hurt, sad, angry or disappointed. As a facilitator it is important to be able to recognize and distinguish what disagreement evokes emotions and analyze the situation from a more objective point of view. In this way a resolution to the conflict can be found when both parts are heard and understood from the basis of this understanding.


Active learning

A big part of the learning was as Jasper expresses not only done in the formal training sessions, but also during lunch and at the jam after dinner. In this way we got to know each other and create new relations across Europe. I personally feel the courage and wonder of what we can do as a group. We have the common mindset that we want the change to happen through personal effort. If we all do a little in our place in the world, together we can change the world. I have learnt to step up in front of a crowd and tell the story I want to live.

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.

 

BIODIVERSITY ACTION EUROPE (bae)

 

Have you signed the @BiodiversityBAE 🖤 Call for Action yet❓ Then do so now and encourage policymakers to make sure we head down the right path towards a sustainable near-future ⌛️🛣️ and halt biodiversity loss today. 🏃 Go to @BiodiversityBAE ‘s Bio to find the link to the website where you can sign!✍️👍 #NatureisBAE

CALL FOR ACTION:

Biodiversity is life; it is essential to the lives of current and future generations. BAE believes humankind can still learn to stop the over exploitation of nature which is leading to our own extinction. We greatly appreciate the EU’s launch of the EU Green Deal and the ways it is taking shape through the Biodiversity StrategyFarm 2 Fork strategyCircular Economy Action Plan, and others, but their success depends on their  implementation.

We want these well-written intentions to leave behind a truly sustainable legacy. We call for transformative change, not for economic deals. When? Right now! We invite you, the reader, to stand behind this call for action, and support our movement, to urge the EU to commit to what is long overdue: Empower people to live in harmony with nature.

Our Call for Action urges the European Union to fundamentally address the biodiversity crisis in three specific ways:  Engage with science and environmental agreements, Enforce existing laws and regulations, and Enable society to reshape its relationship with nature. 

ENGAGE

The European Union has failed to achieve significant progress towards its headline target of halting biodiversity loss and ecosystem services by 2020. The science is clear. With more than 1,000,000 species at risk of extinction, the world as we know it faces an existential threat. Yet, the solutions to reverse the biodiversity crisis are, and have been since long, right in front of us. We need to grasp this opportunity to address key sustainable pathways, to create a more compassionate and just society, as no prosperous future can be built on the crumbling foundation that is the biodiversity crisis. We believe the EU can make a lasting positive impact on you to engage with:

  • Best-available scientific and socioeconomic evidence on the urgent biodiversity crisis, its  impacts and mitigating measures;

  • Global and regional multilateral environmental agreements, their processes and their respective ambitious visions, goals and targets to redefine our relationship with nature.

ENFORCE

BAE welcomes the launch of the EU Green Deal, but we don’t want deals, we call for transformative change. We are aware that the oldest European legislation on biodiversity are fit for purpose, but only on paper. Thus, the EU needs to work together with Member States on efficient implementation and enforcement mechanisms. The European Commission also has to improve its active vigilance and monitoring of this implementation. So we, BAE, demand the EU to create a system of law enforcement and accountability. We need more efficiency. We call for:

  • More knowledge of Member States’ context and specific needs
    to improve implementation and sincere cooperation.

  • Member States to be responsible and follow through on environmental promises made.

  • The creation of an effective monitoring and sanctioning system.

ENABLE

We need a holistic change of the economic and financial systems to halt
biodiversity loss and restore ecosystems. By fully acknowledging the interconnection of human, planetary and economic health, we will experience a culturally and socially positive relation to nature. Next to biodiversity loss and the environmental crisis, we now face economic, social, and health crises. We call for:

  • The mobilization of financial and legislative resources for biodiversity, especially for civil societies and small businesses, along with the elimination of incentives for harmful practices.

  • The recognition of ecosystem services as the main driver of economic and human well-being. The current funding mechanisms do not meet the profitable, long term and self-sustaining investment potential of preserving biodiversity.

  • Capacity building and empowerment of women, youth, indigenous and local communities, the less fortunate and vulnerable in the decision-making process.

https://bit.ly/3czqFyA

@BiodiversityBAE 

ESC-Voluntør på Oasis Al-hamam; En øko-perma-gård i sydøstspaniens Ørken.

Artikel af Laura Lempert

I provinsen Almería ligger der, tæt på den lille landsby Lucainena de las Torres, en oase i Tabernas ørken. Stedet hedder Oasis Al-hamam, Cortijo de los baños, og er et sted, der forbinder dig med Moder Jord og giver plads til en indre rejse. Det er her jeg har opholdt mig som frivillig, i sydens varme sol, det sidste halve år, fra januar til juli 2020, takket være Erasmus+/Eu-comission og Permakultur Danmark.

 

I efteråret 2019 havde jeg mit første møde med permakultur, da jeg var elev på Brandbjerg Højskole. Jeg mærkede, at her har jeg en passion og jeg fandt med denne lærelyst og motivation frem til dette ESC frivilligeprogram, der netop beskæftiger sig med permakultur og spiritualitet. Jeg tænkte, at det ville være et skridt i en rigtig retning og et sted jeg ville lære min nye gode ven bedre at kende: Permakultur. Den anden side af projektet, den spirituele profil, var for mig noget der gjorde mig lidt nervøs, men jeg tog ja-hatten på og hoppede ud i det med åbne arme. For mig var det en bonus at projektet befandt sig i Spanien, for jeg elsker det spanske sprog og den spanske kultur og har længe haft et ønske om at forbedre mit spansk.

”Jeg synger og danser, lever lykkeligt og meget med lidt”

Under opholdet har jeg boet sammen med medmennesker fra forskellige lande i verden og vi har delt vores forskellige baggrunde og kulturer. Vi har levet i et samvær af forståelese, forskellighed, respekt, nysgerighed og konflikter sås som mulighed for udvikling. Det som særligt har været en gave for mig, har været at leve i omgivelser og med mennesker, der deler den holistiske livsstil med respekten, bekymringerne og omsorgen for vores klode. En gruppe af mennesker med grønne fingre der gladelig hopper ind på komposttoilettet, som deler jublen over upcycling og hjemmelavet sæbe, og finder livsglæde i dans, sang og leg. Et miljø hvor vi er opmærksomme på vores tre hjem, og tager os godt af dem; Kroppen, Sindet og Jorden. Alt sammen langt væk fra forbrugssamfundet og materialisme. Ugenligt havde vi Co-existence samling i vores fælles- og spiserum, Gaia, hvor vi med principper fra Co-listening, evaluerer ugen der var gået og kom med nyheder.

Arbejdstimerne stod på gård- og havearbejde, fodring af gårddyrene, madlavning og vedligehold/rengøring af stedet.

’Holisme’ er blevet min nye yndlings filosofi og jeg har elsket at leve en hverdag, hvor man kan se, at alle elementer hænger sammen, på rigtig permakultur vis.

Om morgenen høster vi grønsagerne fra haven, til dagens madlavning. Biorestaffaldet bruges dels til kompost, dels som foder til dyrene, sammen med det grønne der luges væk ved vedligehold af haven. Dyrene leverer retur et læs næringsindholdigt møg, som også komposteres og bliver til dejlig jord, hvori vi planter grønsagerne. Det synes jeg er smukt og meningsfuldt!
Især i øjnene af den verdensituation, der ramte os mens jeg opholdte mig på gården, har det virkelig vist sig hvilken levemåde der er resistent og giver, hvad jeg synes er, frihed.

Gennem ’study circles’ med permakultur, har jeg været gennem 5 spændende moduler, som har lært mig meget; Omsorg for mennesker, Permakultur design, Omsorg for jorden, Øko-teknologi og Øko-økonomi. Her har vi berørt emner, som vi praktisk har brugt i det daglige arbejde.

I arbejdstimerne har vi fx bygget biokonstruktioner til tomatplanter, brygget organisk gødning, fremstillet sundhedspræparater af planter og lavet bokashi kompost. Og så har vi selvfølgelig plantet en masse lækkerier i haven, samt en masse træer, da stedet også har et Reforreststation program, med visionen om at bekæmpe forørkningen. En stor del af arbejdet handlede om at tilse de anlagte vandningssystemer. Det er essentielt pga. den hede der raser i ørknen, den udtørrede og udnærrede jord der kæmper med erosion og de få dråber regnvand der falder.

”En ændring i bevidstheden kan ændre verden”

Gennem spændende og lærerige ’Emotional mannagement’ workshops har jeg fået en masse gode redskaber, som særligt hjælper til permakulturens etik om omsorg for mennesker. Jeg har lært om Eco-listening, Forum Zegg, Nonviolent Communication og forskellige meditationstyper; aktive meditationer, Biodance, mantras, ritualer og yoga. Inden for dette felt er jeg virkelig blevet præsenteret for meget nyt. Det har været en meget spændende rejse, som har hjulpet mig meget til at finde frem til min indre ro og at kunne mærke mine prioriteter i livet. Jeg har fået øjnene op for den fine forbindelsen mellem en bæredygtiglivstil og elementerne i den spirituellelivsstil.

Udover hvad denne tekst beskriver, har jeg lært utroligt meget mere. Et element er det teoretiske udbytte, men meget af det jeg har lært er på et personligt niveau, der er svært at beskrive.

Jeg ved blot, at nu hvor jeg er landet igen i Danmark, længtes jeg som aldrig før efter at have jord under neglene og drømmer om et kreativt sted at bo, hvor der sættes minimalt fodaftryk på planeten –  Og især har jeg lyst til at dele denne tilværelse og livsstil med glade og ligesindede mennesker.

Tusind tak, Association Al-hamam, Permakultur Danmark, Erasmus+/Eu-comission, for en sindsopvækkende oplevelse, der har givet mig mod og redskaber til at fortsætte min drøm, skridt for skridt. Nu må jeg rundt og besøge de spændende permakultursteder, økosamfund og andre grønne godter her hjemme i Danmark.

Jeg slutter af med Namaste og et sigende permakultur-citat;

”I tider med forandring ligger problemet ikke i, ikke at kunne gøre alt hvad vi drømmer om, men i ikke at drømme om alt hvad vi kan gøre”

Youth Exchange i Portugal

SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE
PERMACULTURE: NATURAL BUILDING & GARDENING SKILLS

HVAD HANDLER DET OM?

Et Youth Exchange er en aktivitet der er finansieret af Erasmus+ Fonde. I denne aktivitet vil man lære om og hjælpe med at bygge en muldtoilet, undendørs bruserbad og udendørs køkken med pizzaovn samt deltage i vedligeholdelse af haven og fælles aktiviteter.

HVOR?

Denne Youth Exchange vil finde sted på et permakultur-sted der hedder Aldeia do Vale, i Portugal. Aldeia do Vale har ansøgt penge til et projekt med hjælp af andre organisationer i Europa. Projektet handler om at lære om permakultur og skabe noget sammen med hjælp af unge.

www.aldeiadovale.com

HVORNÅR?

I august eller september måned, i 2020. Der kommer flere oplysninger om nogle måneder

HVEM KAN ANSØGE?

Man skal sende en ansøgning + CV på engelsk til Permakultur Danmark (Ungdom@permakultur-danmark.dk) før den 31. Maj.
Det er vigtigt at du tænker over hvordan Permakultur Danmark kan drage nytte af at du tager på denne ungdomsudveksling og hvad du skal bruge dette kursus til, når du er tilbage i Danmark.
 
Der er 5 pladser til unge (18-30år).
Finansieret af EU Fonde

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.

Diplomvejledertræning og etisk salat

Af Cathrine Dolleris

Diplomforsamlingen i London startede med en dag for diplomvejledere. Den årlige forsamling giver vejlederne mulighed for at mødes og blive opdateret omkring diplomet. Der kan være ændringer i systemet, nye formularer, træning i vurderinger osv. Men vejlederdagen er også til for at give et godt fællesskab vejlederne imellem og skabe diplomvejleder-laug til gensidig støtte.

Vi var 8 vejledere i Roots and Shoots community centre I London. I det engelske diplomsystem avancerer vejlederne og hvert niveau har tilhørende træning. Man kan være registrerings-, vurderings- og senior-vejleder. Denne gang gennemgik vi nogle store ændringer i diplomsystemet mht betaling og fik også tid til at kigge på et design og vurdere det. Interessant nok var der en del forskel på vurderingerne af designet og hvorvidt det var perfekt eller lidt mindre end perfekt. Øvelsen viste, at der en del fleksibilitet i systemet og plads til det individuelle udtryk og fortolkning af designprocessen.

Barry Jones akkrediterede ved diplomforsamlingen i London.

Tre nye diplomholdere akkrediterede ved denne forsamling med meget forskellige designporteføljer. Se to af dem her:’

 

Diplomet er godkendt på forhånd af den personlige vejleder og en senior vejleder. Der bliver også givet feedback ved et ”peer panel”, som man som diplomstuderende eller –vejleder kan være med i. Det giver spændende indsigter at være med til dette vurderingsarbejde, som går ud på at støtte den præsenterende diplomstuderende og give feedback, som giver mod på fremtiden som permakulturist. Det giver også et indblik i det store og transformerende arbejde, der ofte ligger bag diplomet.

Turen gik videre til LAND centret Abundant Earth og hjemmet for koordinatoren for diplomgruppen. Wilf Richards bor off-grid lidt uden for Durham i Nordengland. Her bor to par, deres fire børn, samt frivillige i sæsonen og de lever alle mest af de 6 ha jord, de bor på. Der er et lille savværk, en smedje, pileflet og en stor ”market garden”, samt undervisning i permakultur PDCer og diverse workshops. Beboerne forfølger også andre interesser som ikke-voldelig kommunikation og buddhisme. 

Porrene trives i “markedshaven”. Foto: Abundant Earth

Wilf tager sig mest af hønsene og deres æg. Æggene er en del af de ”ugekasser”, som firmaet ”Abundant Earth” producerer. Der er grøntsager fra deres ”market garden” og de køber ind fra andre lokale økologiske/permakultur-producenter for at lave en god og varieret ugekasse. Deres market garden er på 4000 m2 og forsyner 42 familier med en kasse hver uge. Her i marts var det meste overdækket med plast for at holde på næringsstoffer og bremse ukrudt. Men der var godt gang i bedene med grønkål, bladbede i mange farver, løg af forskellig slags og i drivhusene groede masser af salat, rukola og andet lækkert bladgrønt. Salatmiks er en af deres mest profitable afgrødetyper, selvom den også er meget tidskrævende.

Salatmix er en blanding af årstidens grønt og et af de mest profitable og efterspurgte produkter. Foto: Abundant Earth

 

Beth høster salat i en af polytunnelerne. Foto: Abundant Earth

 

Permakulturister har en forpligtigelse til at stræbe efter en ”right livelihood”, altså en måde at leve på der er bæredygtig på alle måder. Især som diplomholder og diplomvejleder er det vigtigt at være gode eksempler på bæredygtig livsstil. Der er ingen tvivl om at de på Abundant Earth manifesterer permakultur både i arbejdet med jorden og i forhold til at tage ansvar – fair share – af samfundets udvikling mod mere bæredygtighed igennem arbejdet med f.eks. diplomet. I alt viste turen en spændende og gennemført integration af permakulturens etik fra fødevarerproduktion til internationalt samarbejde.

Erasmus+ støtter Permakultur Danmarks arbejde for at udvikle uddannelse i permakultur.