What is Permaculture and how it helps the enviroment?

Permaculture is defined as “the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient”.

What is permaculture

What is Permaculture?

There is a growing number of people to whom that Permaculture means much more as if it’s a philosophy.This might have happened because a number of advantages and important connections with other systems were found while pursuing this sustainability. Agriculture for millennia has been the basis for humanity and society as we know it. It has a direct impact on fauna, flora, soil, water, air, climate, diseases, plagues, ecosystems and countless other nature elements. Based on the principles of Permaculture a number of solutions were found that have very positive consequences. Both directly or indirectly, in life and nature and even in today’s most valued factor, money. Permaculture seems to be, in various ways, a miraculous solution for a whole array of problems, a sort of elixir that cures a number of diseases and ailments.

What is permaculture

Why isn’t Permaculture a “thing” worldwide?

Why it’s still not implemented on a very significant scale worldwide can be reduced to two interconnected reasons: lack of information and big capital companies interested in maintaining the status quo. One thing for sure is true: that the awareness is growing, and those who have observed it automatically develop a passion for Permaculture. And to love of nature that then transpires into other aspects of life. Still, Permaculture in its essence can be a pretty big and complex topic.

Soil layer

Furthermore, there is no one-book of universal Permaculture solutions that work every time. Yes, there are a number of already published books, but there are no true limits to its extent and range of solutions.

How did I manage to learn an apply the Permaculture principles?

I’ve been learning and applying Permaculture principles to several projects I have been involved in. I’ve always learned something, but this last time I learned much more than I anticipated.

The differences between Europe and South America are huge when it comes to agriculture. So huge in fact that major Permaculture components couldn’t be merely adapted to a new environment, but actually completely redesigned.

I worked in an organic garden in Ecuador

Definitely not ideal conditions. But when one thinks of the Amazon, we think about lush vegetation and dense flora. “How come?” – we ask ourselves. For instance, the answer to that is that the Amazon thrives on its own because it has been untouched for a large number of years. Nature has found itself a way, as it always does. This has created a very special sort of climate that allowed the proliferation of the species.

The ecosystems here are very fragile and the independency between plants and animals is extremely high. On a side note, rebuilding these ecosystems after deforestation becomes harder and harder with every acre of Amazon destroyed.

I was part of an organic garden project in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Here there are a number of extreme factors that severely condition farming. For starters, the soil is mostly clayish. This means roots have a hard time fixating themselves. That the permeability to water is very reduced, that the water table is situated very close to the surface (at times even above). And that a high percentage of seeds drown before sprouting.

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.