Vi har valgt at rykke weekendkurset ”Introduktion til Permakultur” med Cathrine Dolleris på Mikrogaarden til 24.-26. september. Jer, der er nysgerrige på permakultur, kan få mulighed for et break og igen at være sammen med andre. Mikrokursus betyder samtidig, at vi bliver under 10 personer i alt.
Weekenden giver indblik i grundlæggende permakulturbegreber og -metoder og inspiration til at designe eget projekt. Mikrogaarden er beliggende på 11 tønder land med skov og mose i det smukke Vestsjælland. Der er rig mulighed for at gå ture i skoven, når der ikke er undervisning.
Prisen er 2.500 kr. fra fredag til søndag inklusiv undervisning, forplejning og overnatning i 2 personers værelser.
Vel vidende at der kan være forskelle på at dyrke jorden efter de økologiske regler og principper og de etikker, der gælder for permakultur, så er der også et stort sammenfald.
I Økologisk Landsforening vil vi derfor gerne hjælpe flere af jer med faglig rådgivning, der kan være med til at afklare mulighederne for at blive autoriseret økolog samtidig med, at du fastholder principperne for permakultur.
At få sin økologiske autorisation indebærer, at der skal overholdes en lang række regler, der alt andet lige vil betyde en række restriktioner af større eller mindre betydning, afhængig af hvordan og hvad man ønsker at producere. Samtidig giver det adgang til at sælge sine produkter under det velkendte røde ø-mærke med alle de fordele, det giver.
I praksis vil vi gerne tilbyde det, vi kalder et ”omlægningstjek”, som er et gratis rådgivningsbesøg ude på jeres ejendomme. På besøget gennemgås produktionen i forhold til de gældende økologiregler samtidig med, at der kan sparres med rådgiveren i forhold til gode erfaringer, dyrkningsmæssige tiltag, netværk og afsætning.
Eneste krav til din produktion er, at den drives kommercielt eller har som sigte at blive kommerciel. Der er som sådan ikke krav til en bestemt omsætning.
Hjælp til etablering og generationsskifte
I år har vi mulighed for at hjælpe 5 ”cases” i forbindelse med deres nyetablering eller generationsskifte. Vi kalder initiativet for ”Bæredygtigt Generationsskifte”. Hjælpen består af rådgivning omkring etablering, finansiering og afsætning – gerne med en ny og mere alternativ tilgang, da hele formålet er at belyse / anvise nye måder at komme i gang på. Også her gælder det, at ”casene” skal have et vist kommercielt sigte.
Hvis du har lyst til at få et gratis omlægningstjek eller ønsker at drøfte dine muligheder for at få rådgivningshjælp under projekt ”Bæredygtigt Generationsskifte”, så kontakt:
Jens Peter Hermansen, projektleder Økologisk Landsforening
Our food system is not sustainable. The current global crisis draws attention to this fact more than ever. The Food System Change Online Congress will highlight solutions to this problem by presenting decentralized, bottom-up initiatives from all over Europe, which push for a sustainable transformation of the food system. Taking place via live online transmission from March 22nd to 24th, the event will enable people from all over Europe to come together and discuss the innovative approaches taken. The goal in sharing ideas and networking between the pioneers is to support and implement more projects of this kind in Europe and therefore promote the food system change.
The congress is free of charge and open to everyone. In each of the five different sessions niche innovations in the European food system are presented by the pioneers themselves followed by a 50 minutes Q&A session and discussion with one further scientific/networking expert in the field. Topics discussed here include amongst others climate-friendly and sustainable farming methods, innovative financing systems or building sustainable communities through Bio-Districts. In four panel discussions we aim to discuss in depth the potential of open source solutions in the food and agricultural system, how to build regional networks, how to make an impact on politics and further synergies/networking potentials as an outlook. Last but not least in session 4 a closing declaration of the congress will be elaborated on and discussed in a group setting and signed at the end of the congress by all parties interested. Should you be unable to participate, you can head to foodsystemchange.org to watch recordings of all the sessions and panels after the event is over.
The Food System Change Online Congress is an initiative by NAHhaft e.V., Germany. NAHhaft is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable food strategies through research, consulting, education and networking. With the help of partners from science, civil society, politics and administration, sustainable food systems are promoted.
Date & Time: March 22-24, 2021 from 9am to 5.30 pm
I reported to the training on 15th November morning where I joined other trainees alongside very wonderful trainer by names Maurice Obuya and James Thiong’o and many online guest speakers from all over the world. We started with five days of introduction sessions of understanding permaculture ethics and the principles according to Bill Mollison. Then we had one day of practical application of ethics and principles at Jeffasions permaculture ecosphere. Then one day of intense practicals on doing compost, planting beds and swales, One day of doing design on paper considering the principles and participants doing presentation. One day tour to four different permaculture sites across Nyanza region while doing observation and assessments. One day of analyzing the assessments and observations, graduation and a goodbye party. In total ten intensive days.
Steve Odhiambo har fået sit certifikat for PDCen i Kenya
I must inform you that I have really learned so much by engaging in the course and I’m happy we had practicals to make sure that we understand the theory. This was a big part of the learning and we had an existing mature ecosystem to relate to. Now I know what to do with my already started project in the city, how to bring in the permaculture principles and be able to impact the community.
I’m set to travel by 30th to Zanzibar for 10 days internship at Dada permaculture center in Zanzibar to get more diverse knowledge and to expand on my network.
Much thanks from me and the entire Tunaweza permaculture project Kenya.
For hver PDC certifikat der bliver givet i Permakultur Danmark regi går 100 kr. til den internationale sponsorpulje for at give en værdig person mulighed for at komme til “International Permaculture Conference” – IPC. Pga corona virus og andre forhindringer er IPCen blevet udsat og bestyrelsen har derfor valgt i år at sponsorere Steve Odhiambo, som er kendt af et tidligere bestyrelsesmedlem.
DATO: søndag d. 17 januar til søndag d. 11 april 2021
KLOKKEN: 19.00 – 21.00
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Our vegetables a few weeks after transplant
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.
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.
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.