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!

Join GROW

A citizens’ observatory for growers, researchers and
decision makers.

Do you grow your own food? Have an allotment? Own a small farm? Are you involved in a community or school garden?

Are you taking practical steps to regenerate the soil for future generations? GROW provides an opportunity to develop and share your knowledge and skills.

I am currently putting together a database of permaculture farms and smallholders as part of GROW, an EU funded soils project: http://growobservatory.org/. This database will be used to recruit famers for the GROW project and to map permaculture farms in Europe. So far I have identified over 200 farms, mainly in northern Europe. I am now trying to find contacts in every European country.

 

Many thanks for your help and all best wishes,

Chris Warburton-Brown – Research coordinator

The Permaculture Association Britain

Thank you for a fantastic yearly meeting!!

Thank you all for a fantastic yearly meeting and general assembly!

Last week over 60 permaculturists from Denmark and abroad, took to the roads, railways and seaways , to meet up at Gammel Skærmøllegård near Fredensborg, Nord-sjælland for our annual meeting and general assembly

So what did we get up to?

The first workshops: Social Permaculture, and Sociocracy, kick-started the weekend by offering us a focus on the human element of permaculture. That is, how we organise ourselves and processes for working together and making decisions effectively

There were practical workshops where you could get hands-on experience with grafting and soap-making and we had the opportunity to get a look into projects that are happening all around Denmark. There were heartily inspiring and informational workshops about compost, fungi , herbal medicine, carbon farming and CO2 neutral farming with an introduction to an exciting transition project taking place on Langeland.
If you weren’t at the meeting and even if you were, I recommend visiting Andelstanken.dk/langeland to find out about the exciting advances they are making in transitioning their food network through respectful communication and carbon neutral farming. (Especially if you are looking for a livelihood in permaculture or to become educated in carbon-neutral systems on a farm sized scale)

We were also nourished with news from the association and many participants found the answers to how the can expand their work in permaculture, from their own homes and projects- out into the wider network! Inspiration came from workshops about:  visiting or becoming a LAND centre through the LAND network, starting on the course to a diploma, teaching permaculture and getting involved in researching with PIRN.

And don’t worry if you weren’t at the meeting, there are plenty of these opportunities for everyone and you can find a lot of the information here on our website!

With all this going on you’d think we were rushed off our feet, but there was plenty of time for inspirational conversations, morning-exercises, being a part of the cooking and cleaning teams and just pitching in with the things we individually like to do, whether it was voluntary tasks or a performance on the open stage. There was even time for a fantastically fun and energetic evening of folk-dancing and we could join our lovely hosts for a guided tour.

The general assembly took place on Saturday and we voted on, amongst other things- membership in Permaculture-Denmark (The price of membership will stay the same this year!) and we expanded the board to 9members in total so there are a few extra hands to pitch in with the associations local and international work. (You can read the minutes and meet the new board here on our website)

 

SO what will we be taking forwards from the meeting?

Such an overwhelming wealth of inspiration and knowledge was shared not just in the workshops but also in all the passing conversations about practical, personalized and global solutions!

The meeting meant for many of us that we met people from our local areas and got some ideas for how we could start to see each other more, work together and share our experiences and resources with each other. We talked a lot about networking and feeling like a community while we work with our individual projects. Many people even expressed that they would be happy to hear from other permaculturists if they needed help with anything. We have so many resources, so now it’s just about making beneficial connections!
I’m sure this meeting sowed many seeds for the future and just like in nature the plants that grow from these will spread their own seeds out into the wider world.

So what will the ripple effects of the meeting be? We have many possible ways forwards from here and even if you weren’t at the meeting it’s possible to harvest some of these yields. You can strengthen your local network by finding other permaculturists in your area with our LAND map. You could also organise a permablitz and get help with your project. What about visiting or becoming a LAND centre, working with a diploma in applied permaculture design, or volunteering for the association  (Help out using the skills and interests you have! There’s a space for everyone)

The Nordic Permaculture Festival is on the way again and many participants expressed the wish to find a group to travel with so don’t miss out on that opportunity! And I will see you all at next year’s meeting- I already can’t wait!!

The Nordic Permaculture Movement is creating cohesion and consistency through Scandinavia!

As every year since the creation of Permakultur Danmark the boards of the 3 Nordic Permaculture
associations together with many other engaged permaculturist gathered to figure out how to support each other and the permaculture movement in Scandinavia. This year the gathering took place in the beautiful eco-village Friland in Djursland.

During the Nordic Permaculture Gathering many inspiring activities took place. Participants made new useful contacts and shared their projects, many interesting Nordic permaculture collaborations are being consolidated. Here an overview of the activities:

We got the chance to share a yearly evaluation on the state of the Norwegian, Danish and Swedish permaculture associations. That process helped us all to evaluate on the different strategies we are following and see which ones works best. It is clear that to connect through local networks is key as well as to keep a solid core team to make sure that the association is running smooth.

Opening session for the Nordic Permaculture Convergence

A couple of session where focusing on the LAND network. As it is expanding and reaching to the other Nordic countries apart from Denmark. The idea was to gather the collective wisdom and to strengthen the network. All the important information and the minutes of the meetings will be uploaded soon.

We also had the honour to assist to Tyco’s and Karoline’s diploma project presentations. The process sparked heated discussions about the diploma process. This were dealt during the Nordic council meetings and many good decisions came forward.
For example: with the aim to speed up the design of the Nordic diploma, a new group has been formed, It has been called the Nordic Permaculture Secretary. It consist of one member from each of the Nordic Permaculture Associations and one Diploma holder from each country. This group will refined the agreed text and make a strategic plan to discuss during the year the major conflicting points in the text. As for example what is expected of a diploma aspirant and how should the project be presented.

One of the most fruitful session, in my opinion, was on planning fund-raising activities for the research group as many new ideas on how to get funding came forward and some participants committed to work further with developing a big collaboration strategy to apply Scandinavian and European funds.

During the Nordic Permaculture Institute meetings some people was more interested in depending on permaculture topics rather that attending the formal association decisions. So they were able to have an alternative. Anyhow the group remarked that this forum is the only time in the year where the two associations are sharing a decision taking space. Therefore it is important to give priority to that formal association gathering for knowledge and skills sharing we hold the Nordic Permaculture Festival every summer.

Among the alternatives there was a guided tour around Friland were Tove explained all the intricacies of the living community and the design of the passive constructions. They were so inspired by the beautiful natural buildings and their people.

Tyko showed the new piece of land where him and Karoline are planting chestnuts among other trees and bushes in a medium scale agroforestry system.

Niels Corfield from UK hold an inspiring session on advanced design. Looking specifically at how to tackle major challenges in your permaculture project. Some participants seem to have a break through on how to handle the permaculture projects the are creating.

The next Nordic Permaculture gathering will take place in Lund, Sweden the from the 9th till the 11th of February 2018. So write it already in your calendar!

Welcome to the Permaculture Association of Denmark!