Visegrad Permaculture Partnership
Our partnership was created in September 2016 to share the best experience of permaculture farming and support development of the permaculture education and demonstration networks in our countries. In March 2017 we received the grant from the International Visegrad Fund which allowed us to implement the project.
All countries in our region have economy with developed agriculture sector, traditionally big ratio of rural population managing small and medium sized farms. Industrial agriculture that rely on cultivation of monocrops over big land areas destroys traditional lifestyle in the Central and Eastern Europe that was based on cooperation of small producers, local food growing and marketing, and straightforward relationship between towns and surrounding countryside based on the trust, mutual support and interdependence. Contemporary farming which requires high initial investment in machinery and agrochemicals and needs less labor force leads to abandonment of traditionally rural regions, work emigration, aging, health and social problems. Contemporary agriculture depends on intensive management, relentless availability of scarce and nonrenewable resources, and generates massive, destructive ecosystem effects.
The mission of our organizations is support and promotion of environmentally friendly agriculture, green energy and energy efficient technologies, healthy lifestyle, protection of natural and cultural heritage and development of self-sufficient communities using the instruments of permaculture (the culture, based on the principles of sustainable development) to solve actual environmental, economic and social problems. In particular, it is establishment and support of the small farms, stimulating the activity of the local communities, regional development through strengthening connection within the bioregions and creating production and economical cycles within the regions. Present project help us co create strong regional network of the permaculture demonstration farms. Initiated collaboration between the small-scale sustainable farmers and permaculture educator should trigger development of the comprehensive education program in agroecology for both permaculture organizations, vocational and higher institutions in the Visegrad region.
We continue our collaboration!
International Visegrad Fund has supported our new project “Network of Permaculture Demonstration Education Centers for the Visegrad countries and Ukraine“
This project will be implemented during May – December 2018 and it has 2 components:
Permaculture for Academia
The conference for the University and vocational institutions teachers will be organized on 30.09 – 01.10.2018 in the Open International University of Human Development “Ukraine” to exchange permaculture- and agroecology-related teaching practices and educational programs. Best practices will be collected and published, and respective educational sessions will be organized in each participating institution.
Network of Permaculture Centers
Common map of permaculture education and demonstration centers will be created for Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine. Knowledge transfer between the centers will be facilitated via communication platforms, event calendar, specialized tours and apprenticeship programs. Seedbank will be created to preserve and exchange rare and local plant species and varieties.