Scholarships to the IPC in India!

Did you know that when you take a PDC, you’re also supporting scholarships to the International Permaculture Convergence? These scholarships are given to permaculture practitioners from all over the world, so that they can afford to travel and take part in the IPC. For every participant who takes a PDC course here in Denmark, 100kr is donated to the cause.

This year we donated a total of 5.100kr! (That means we can also celebrate the fact that there are over 50 new certificate holders here in Denmark!) Thank you to all the teachers and participants who were involved.

There have already been applications for scholarships, from over 60 people, from Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Cameroon, Malawi, Gambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba, Argentina, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India

Why do we support this cause?

It’s really important that even those who don’t have the financial means to attend, still have the opportunity to take part in the IPC. This campaign allows them to be there, so their voices can be heard. It enables farmers and community leaders to come in contact with other permaculture practitioners, in order to gain support, inspiration and ideas- that they can then take home to their local communities.

What is the IPC?

The IPC is held every two years, and is an opportunity for permaculture practitioners from all over the world to get together, share knowledge and shape the future of the permaculture movement. This year’s theme is “towards healthy societies” and there is a particular emphasis on women as agents of change. There will be many speakers, giving talks, presenting their projects and sharing practical solutions through workshops and talks.

The conference takes place over two days,and this year it covers topics such as

  • sustainable resource management
  • revitalising and preserving traditional farming practices
  • permaculture and climate change adaption
  • women as agents of change.
  • Grassroots permaculture in action
  • Permaculture as a social responsibility.

The convergence is a five day residential, experiential learning forum with a focus on networking, knowledge sharing, hand-on practices and celebrations.

Learn more about the IPC in India here

Find the crowdfunding campaign and donate here

Launch of the European Day of Sustainable Communities

This conference brings together policy makers and representatives of the thousands of community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability in Europe in order to launch the first ever European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDSC) that takes place the following day.

The conference aims to engage European Union (EU) policy-makers and stakeholders in Brussels by demonstrating how community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability have a vital role to play in achieving climate targets. The potential of community-led action is significant, and the EESC is delighted to work together with ECOLISE to promote local action on sustainability. The event will also contribute to the action week that celebrates the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To mark the European Day of Sustainable Communities on 23 September, communities across Europe will be showcasing their pioneering efforts to create new models for sustainable living. Ecovillages, Transition initiatives, permaculture projects, the agroecology movement, and many others will open their doors and invite the public to observe, discuss and be inspired by a diverse range of projects, covering everything from community energy, to local food, sustainable mobility, resource management and much more. You may find events close to you by consulting the European Day of Sustainable Communities events map.

During the conference at the EESC, there will be a live video link-up with the organisers showcasing a selection of these Europe-wide events. The latest information from the ECOLISE network will be shared with conference participants, including research findings on the status, impacts and challenges of community-led initiatives in Europe in achieving climate targets, preserving natural resources and biodiversity, and creating a fairer and more equitable society.

Participants at the European Day of Sustainable Communities launch event will include EU policy-makers such as the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, Members of the EESC, government representatives, and community leaders, including ECOLISE members, partner organisations, associations and NGOs.

Please register here to reserve your place. A draft programme is now available. Visit our website for further information. For any question, please email sdobservatory@eesc.europa.eu.

Folkeavisen is here!

Climate change threatens our future and it is necessary that we make a transition to a sustainable lifestyle, within just a few years, if we are to survive as a civilisation- that is, a maximum of 20 years according to climate research.

Already, this transition is taking place- companies are converting their production, towns are becoming transition towns, countries, governments and municipalities are beginning to take climate change seriously and the UN has made 17 World Sustainable Development Goals. To top it all off, 196 countries are included in the Paris Agreement, which focuses on a global transition in order to counter climate change.

Initiatives are spreading, but are unfortunately they still aren’t sufficient. It’s for this reason that Danish green organisations came together to create a “Folkeavis” (The people’s paper) for the upcoming local elections here in 2017. The paper is an appeal to: take action, create a new path and make the transition to sustainability on all levels.  This can mean sustainable development of the Danish society, carried by the public, the municipalities, and companies.

This paper has been written by 36 green associations and people from civil society. In it you will find a long list of solutions and suggestions, on how we can create sustainability within 9 important areas. These are simple solutions- straightforward to implement, that have been tried and tested.

These aren’t party politic suggestions, but an attempt to formulate THE COMMON GOOD (Det Fælles Bedste) for ourselves and our future generations. The paper is intended as a green agenda for the local elections. We hope it can be used by local citizens and politicians, to find a new way; to create local debate for voters and municipal meetings; to gather organisations in shared activities and action; as the starting point for election of politicians in your municipality.

At this moment, it is especially the civil society (rural towns, organisations and citizens) that are active for transition. But an increasing number of companies can see, that in the near future, the best business lies in sustainable production. They can also see, that there is an abundance of possibilities, and the business sector in future, will only consist of green and innovative companies.

The municipalities have an important role to play in transition and some are already taking action. They have the possibility to implement sustainable actions, together with the people and local businesses. Energy, transport, food, homes and business. As one municipal chairman says in the paper “We can lead the way and inspire, instead of just coming behind. There are so many possibilities, it’s just a matter of getting started.”

We hope the paper can inspire people to get started. We hope to create a dialogue about the future. Choose the politicians that understand the importance of transition, and can see all the possibilities in it.

Enjoy reading!

You can read the (Danish) virtual version of Folkeavisen here

You can also find it on www.okosamfund.dk and www.detfaellesbedste.dk

Det Fælles Bedste is made up of 4 green associations: Permakultur Danmark, Landsforeningen for Økologisk Byggeri, Omstilling Danmark and Landsforeningen for Økosamfund. Plus a network to over 60 green associations and a secretariat.

Permaculture tour


WHAT:

We are happy to invite you to the 1st Permaculture tour in Denmark.
Along this trip, we will visit permaculture projects; having introductions, guided-tours and helping them in the gardens.
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to meet beautiful people, buy local products, books about permaculture, establish new friendships and have loads of fun. And of course, you will gain knowledge in permaculture and a lot of inspiration.
During our trip, we will visit LAND centers. You can read about them in this link: http://permakultur-danmark.dk/en/land/

WHEN:

Between the 22nd and 26th of June 2017.

WHERE:

Meeting point: Byhaven2200, Copenhagen

The following links are some of the places which will be visited:

Ananda Gaorii (http://www.anandagaorii.dk/)

Byhaven2200 (http://www.byhaven2200.dk/)

Farendløse Mosteri (http://www.farendloesemosteri.dk/)

Fejø Retreat Center (https://fejoeretreat.wordpress.com/)

Kattekærhus Land center (http://www.geoliv.dk/demonstration-centre)

Myrrhis Permakulturhaven (http://permakulturhaven.dk/)

Skolen for Livet (http://skolenforlivet.nu/)

HOW:
We drive in private vans and take ferries to get to different islands. Moreover, we will be eating rescued food and sleeping in tents. We will also help for a few hours in different tasks in most of the places.

We will be sleeping in tents in the different farms.

If you play an instrument, you are more than welcome to bring it along. And if you like taking pictures, bring your camera!! If you have a car/van and would like to join us, it can be possible. There could be room for up to 14 people.  Contact us for more details.

FOOD:

We will rescue food to prepare vegan meals. 

WHAT DO YOU NEED:

Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, towel, headlamp, own set to eat (plate, cutlery,  cup), working clothes, swimsuit. You don’t need to bring your own tent.

SIGN UP:
In order to sign up, fill in the form attached to this post and send it to the email below . *Signing up available between 2nd and 16th of june. Send the form to rubenbiolec@gmail.com.

Permaculture tour_form_PKDK

Make sure you don’t miss it !!
Only 2 spots left available.

PAYMENT:

Price: 850dkk members of PKDK / 1100dkk non-members of PKDK

Bank account details: 8401 1047697

When you send the transfer, remember to write “permabus + your full name”

If you have any questions about this trip, you can contact Ruben (rubenbiolec@gmail.com).

SCHEDULE:
Thursday 22nd (Byhaven2200, Kattekærhus, Ananda Gaorii)
10.30h Tour in Byhave2200 (Copenhagen)
13h Leave by car towards Holbæk
14.30h Ferry to Orø (only by walk; short distances/ 30 min ferry + 25 min walk)
15.30h Tour to Kattekærhus Land center
18h Back to Holbæk and drive to Ananda Gaorii
19.30h Dinner in Ananda Gaorii
20.30h Introduction to Ananda Gaorii Ecovillage and Permaculture project
22h Open space (games, fire, music jam and stories)

Friday 23rd (Ananda Gaorii, Friland)
6.30am Yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfkast
9-12.30h Permablitz in Ananda Gaorii
13h Lunch
15h Ferry from Odde to Ebeltoft (it takes 55 min)
16.30h Arrive to Friland
17h Guided tour and introduction to Myrrhis Land center/ Friland ecovillage
19.30h Dinner
21h Set up tents + open space

Saturday 24rd (Friland, Fejø Retreat Center)
6.30am yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
9-12am Permablitz
13h Ferry from Ebeltoft to Odde
14h Drives towards Fejø
17h Ferry (it takes 15 min.)
17.30h Introduction to Fejø Retreat Land Center
19.30h Dinner
21h Set up tents + open space

Sunday 25th (Fejø, Langeland)
6.30am yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
9-12h Permablitz in Lene’s Garden, Fejø
12.30 Lunch
13.40 Ferry from Fejø to Kragenæs
14h Drive from Kragenæs to Tårs (25 min)
15.15h Ferry from Tårs to Langeland (45 min)
16.30h Tour on Langeland
19.30h Dinner
21h Open space

Monday 26th (Skolen for Livet, Farendløse Mosteri)
6.30am Yoga and Kiirtan
8am Breakfast
10.15h Ferry to Tårs (45 min)
12.30h Stop in Skolen for Livet project (Stege)
13.15h Help wwoofers in the garden
15h Introduction to the project
16h Drive to Farendløse Mosteri (Ringsted)
17-19h Tour in Farendløse Mosteri
19-19.30 Closing Circle and evaluation
19.30h Drive back to Copenhagen
21h Arrival in Copenhagen

Permakulturhaven : Book release!

PERMAKULTURHAVEN
(PermacultureGarden)

om flerårige grøntsager, skovhaver & gravefri dyrkning til selvforsyning & en levende fremtid
(about perennial vegetables, forestgardens and
no-dig methods for self-suffiency and a living future.)

Publishes. 12. april 2017
Language: Danish

Permakulturhaven is a book for those of you who would like to influence the world from your own garden. It’s for those of you, for whom permaculture, gardening and self-sufficiency is new, and also for you who know about permaculture design, are experienced gardeners and have grown food for most of your lives. And then the book is also for all of you in between. You, who are neither novices nor experienced gardeners, but who want to grow and enjoy healthy food, from a living garden that is buzzing with life.

The book gives you practical knowledge about permaculture gardening via:

• Plant Portraits of more than 50 perennial vegetables
• Cultivation Techniques in no-dig gardening
• Step-by-step guides to establishment
• Description of annual vegetables for self-sufficiency
• Design of forest garden trees, shrubs and vegetables
• Insight into Earth’s cycles and organisms
• Integration of the gardens animals and insects
• Informative illustrations and photos
…and much more!

Authors: Karoline Nolsø Aaen & Tycho Holcomb
Release: 2017
Number of pages: 284
ISBN 978-87-999781-0-6


 

The Board’s Inaugural Meeting

By Charlotte Langdon

This weekend we were able to meet together in the bestyrelse. It took place on the lovely island of Orø in the home of Cathrine Dolleris, which is also a LAND centre (permaculture learning and demonstrations centre) we warmed ourselves by the mass-oven to drink her special blend of fossil-fuel-free tea collected from the local area. We were just missing Dan Fisker but the three new members of the board were present and could be welcomed into the board’s activities and tasks.

Saturday we awoke to a nourishing breakfast, met in a morning-circle where we could check-in and set our intentions for the day. Though we had many points to discuss, we managed what we could and took it step-by-step, prioritising points. We introduced the facilitator role in order to effectivise the meeting. This helped us to focus on the task at hand.

In the board we use sociocratic governance- this is an inclusive and effective method of governance which means we try not to get into discussions but instead, work in a focused manner, towards our common aim. The structure is flat instead of hierarchical. You can read more about sociocratic governance here

We used this facilitation to move forward with our roll-sharing. Which tasks are we interested in? What do we already do in our private projects and how can this support our role in the board? This brings in the principle of least effort for greatest effect, meaning that we can work towards the associations aims without getting extra workload than necessary

It was time to elect a treasurer and a spokesperson. So in order to exercise and practise our work with sociocracy, we tried out the sociocratic election process. This process was very effective and ended in a unanimous vote for Mette Brodersen in the role of treasurer! This was definitely worth celebrating! The last part of the evening was used to look at the most pressing issues- decisions that should be taken, tasks to be dealt out and we climbed into bed a little more tired than when we started the day.

Sunday there was just time to eat breakfast, sing birthday songs and say goodbye for now to each other!

Welcome to the Permaculture Association of Denmark!