All posts by Charlotte Langdon

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!

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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