International Permaculture Convergence India is almost here!
Aranya Agricultural Alternative is hosting the International Permaculture Convergence at the end of this month in Hyderabad, India. The theme of IPC India 2017 is Towards Healthy Societies.
The IPC conference will be held on 25 and 26 November and the convergence on 27 November to 2 December.
PIRN will be well represented. Petra Stephenson and Jyoti Depande will be hosting an informal session on the Food Forest International Research Network. Several PIRN members will be contributing to the session Permaculture and Science, facilitated by Rafter Sass Ferguson.
This is a great opportunity to take permaculture research forward – it’s not too late to book your place!
Food Forest International Research Network update
FFIRN was created at IPCUK, September 2015. After a period of inactivity over the summer of 2017, FFIRN is now reactivating.
Activities to date include:
- Steering Group of 7 meets regularly online.
- 70 people have joined FFIRN by completing the members survey.
- The Worldwide Food Forest Survey has collected 125 responses so far, and is open for responses.
- Forest Gardening in Practice by FFIRN member Tomas Remiarz published
- Forest Garden Archetypes by FFIRN member Candela Vargas published online
Next steps include:
- Publish the Temperate Forest Garden Survey results in a journal.
- Identify a suitable online forum for members’ discussions.
- Collect, publish and share research from FFIRN members.
Read a full update here.
Researcher seeks qualified permaculture practitioners
Dr Ben Habib, Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University and permaculture teacher, is seeking qualified permaculture practitioners as interviewees in a project on permaculture as a transnational social movement.
The study will examine permaculture as a transnational social movement.
Click here to learn more.
Permaculture farming in the Global South
I am Enno Sonntag, a Masters student in Agricultural Development. This coming spring (2018) I need to start my 3-4 months of fieldwork in the Global South and would like to study a permaculture farming project.
The project should preferably be established for more than 3 years and if possible consist of more than one farm. Possible themes for investigation could include: agroecosystem design, perenniality and diversity of crops, economic viability, land productivity and labour productivity.
If you know an interesting project that would be interested in participating in such a study, I would love to hear about it! Please contact me at: email@example.com
The GROW Observatory – have you signed up?
The GROW Observatory is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers as citizen scientists. The project is an innovative approach to creating a community of citizen growers, gardeners, small scale farmers, scientists and policy makers.
Over the summer, GROW participants have been taking part in mulching experiments, learning more about soil, weather and growing, and getting to know each other in GROW’s online community. Each month GROW takes a different theme for its focus, the November theme is harvest.
GROW primarily focuses on the EU, but growers anywhere in the world can join our network. Sign up to be part of GROW.
The GROW project is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No 690199.
PIRN members in print
In his interview with E-International Relations Ben Habib discusses permaculture in the context of his practice as an international relations professional.
Gerald Aiken has published Permaculture and the Social Design of Nature.
Naomi Milner has published an article on food justice in the Salvadoran permaculture movement.
Laura Centemeri wrote a book chapter on how permaculture sees human health as inseparable from environmental health.
Have you recently published something? Let us know and we’ll tell PIRN members and others about it.
Permaculture Research Digest celebrates five years
The Permaculture Research Digest provides summaries of newly published permaculture-related research, with all items linked to the original publication. It has now reached its fifth birthday.
The Research Digest has no use for birthday cards but if you were to stop in for a quick online visit that would make it very happy.
While visiting you could learn about the links between soil health and human health, see a map of the countries at the greatest risk from climate change, read a classic essay on agroecology…
…or discover any of the 850 other items posted over the last five years. http://permaculture-research.b