International Conference and Farm Tour

 

Permaculture for farms is an international conference with international speakers for practicing and new permaculture farmers, preceded by a farm tour in 3 countries.

Conference fee: 20 EUR/day, 10 EUR/day for online conference participants, free participation for the conference presenters and for 5 delegates from each of the Visegrad countries and Ukraine who is planning to establish permaculture demonstration sites (farms).

People interested in permaculture often ask if permaculture is a suitable tool not only for small family gardens, but also for larger agriculture projects and production farms providing means for self-support for their owners and source of healthy food for the whole local community. This conference will give the complex and thorough answer to this question: permaculture can do it!

Participants will get the overview of the global situation and perspectives in permaculture farming, with special focus on Central Europe and its conditions. They will listen to the presentations of the most successful permaculture farmers from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. The permaculture farms are not just a future vision, it's reality!

Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

bus tour

  • Choose which farm you want to visit
  • Consecutive interpreting into English, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, and Ukrainian languages

Read more on visited farms.

Stops of the tour

Blended conference

Blended conference

  • In-person and online presenters
  • In-person and online participants
  • Working language English (presentations in Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, and Ukrainian languages will be pre-recorded and translated)

Date and venue of the conference

Read more on conference presenters and program.

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Gallery of farms with permaculture elements

Conference presenters

Alfréd Szilágyi (HU) will compare sustainability of the permaculture, conventional and organic farms, Tetyana Chuchko (UA) will present Rozum garden bed technology for rapid increasing of soil fertility, and Ján Šlinský (SK) – agrocircles, today already legendary electricity-driven mechanical arms managing the soil, and sometimes carrying the farmer himself. Tamas Varga (HU) will explain about WWOOF in Hungary and in the world, and Petr Marada (CZ) will share examples of landscape revitalization and potential of its grant support. Jaman Tree (AU-SK) will present his view on permaculture as a vehicle for social and economic change, and Bogdan Popov (UA) will help to choose an appropriate sanitation technology for farms and tourism. Ben Lazar (PL) will talk about Food Sovereignty and permaculture map in Poland, and Zbigniew Janczukowicz (PL) give an experiential presentation about realities of rural life and integrating with local community. Eva Hauserova (CZ) will facilitate discussion about network of permaculture demonstration sites in Central Europe and creation of multi-national network. See extended profiles of all conference speakers and preliminary conference timetable.

Farms

Conference program

Support

Since our budget only partly covers expenses of the organizers, and we want to make our events affordable for everyone, we kindly ask you to support our events.

1. Bank transfer
Name: Permakultura (CS)
Address: Lipová 20, Brno, 60200, CZ
Bank name: Fio banka, a.s.
Bank aggress: V Celnici 1028/10, 117 21 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Account No.: 2901176731
Account currency: EUR
IBAN: CZ2420100000002901176731
SWIFT/BIC: FIOBCZPPXXX
Bank code: 2010
Purpose of payment: Registration fee for [Your name] OR charitable contribution for the conference

2. Bank card
LiqPay - Ukrainian card payment platform (2,75% commission; requires sms confirmation). You may need to change the limit for the internet transactions via your online banking or by calling to your bank.

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Recorded materials

  1. The conference materials will be recorded, translated and available online
  2. Short films about each farm visited will be produced, translated and broadcasted

Registration and payment

Click here for the registration. Participation in the conference (60 participants) for the regular participants is 20 EUR/day (accommodation and food are not included: accommodation - 8 EUR/day, food - 12 EUR/day; total - 40 EUR/day), 10 EUR/day for the online participants. Free participation for the conference speakers and for five delegates from the Visegrad countries and from Ukraine who want to establish permaculture education and demonstration sites (farms). Conference speakers will be payed honorarium 60 EUR. Farm visits (25 participants) before the conference are open only for the delegates. Regular participants can have a guided tour around EISD farm (conference venue) after the conference (14th of July) for 30 EUR. Payment information will be provided after the registration.

How to get

Sustainable village Gömörszőlős, Hungary, the conference venue, is located 11 km away from the Slovak border and, the closest international airports are Budapest, Hungary (200 km) and Košice‎, Slovakia (100 km). You can reach the village by the local bus from the nearest railway station, which is 8 km away from the village in Hungary (train connection from Budapest). Pick-up service will be also organized. On the Slovak side there is Bratislava-Košice highway nearby, and pick-up service will be also organized from the nearest bus station. Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development in Gömörszőlős will be also the final destination for our farm tour by the hired bus - please, see the bus route in the section Conference program. Please, indicate in the registration form if you are going to come by car or if you need a car lifting - we will try to connect the passengers and drivers. We encourage you to travel by the public transport - please, check the web-sites of Slovak, Czech, Hungarian and Polish railways and bus companies (Eurolines, Eurobus, Turancar). We also recommend you to consider the option of carpooling. See detailed travel instructions.

Gömörszőlős - picturesque countryside, open-air folk museum and the range of ecological technologies.

Accommodation

We offer a range of accommodation options during the conference:

  • Three (with bathroom) or four (with shared bathroom for 8 people) beds guestrooms for 8 EUR/day.
  • Single (39 EUR/day) and double (32,5 EUR/day/person) rooms in the neighbouring village - we provide a transfer.
  • Free camping with your own tent.

We provide free accommodation for the conference presenters.

Please, include the cost of desired accommodation to your registration fee - we will book it for you.

Food

Farm food from the locally-grown ecological products will be served, including vegetarian and diet food for 12 EUR/day (3 meals). We will cover the food cost for the conference speakers.

Special needs

The conference venue is accessible for the wheelchairs. There will be limited access for the wheelchairs during the farm visits. We will provide a consecutive translation into English, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak or Ukrainian during the farm visits; short films about each farm and visited and recorded conference presentations will be supplemented with subtitles in the languages mentioned above.

We provide free participation in the event for the children below 16 and for accompanying persons. There will be an allocated room for children and the volunteer coordinator. We will compose a duty chart so that your kids will be always supervised by someone. Parents should be solely responsible for their kids and their behavior during the event.

Dogs on leads are allowed, but they should be kept away from cooking and dining areas.

Visegrad partnership “Permaculture for Farmers”

Permakultura CS

Permakultura (CS), Czech Republic

Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development

Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development, Hungary

Deep Democracy Foundation

Deep Democracy Foundation, Poland

Permaculture SK

Permaculture SK, Slovakia

Permaculture in Ukraine

NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine”, Ukraine

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.

Contacts

  • Pavlo Ardanov (pavlo.ardanovet.jpggmail.com, +380969471612 - program coordinator and coordinator from Ukraine)
  • Eva Hauserová (predsedaet.jpgpermakulturacs.cz, +42 737537393 - coordinator from Czech Republic)
  • Jozef Fekiač (kancelariaet.jpgpermakultura.sk , +421907837317) - coordinator from Slovakia
  • Iván Gyulai (gyulaiet.jpgecolinst.hu, +3646413390) - conference organizer and coordinator from Hungary
  • Robert Palusinski (r_paluchet.jpgwp.pl, +48505476964) - coordinator from Poland

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What is permaculture

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. It is possible to create more resilient farms requiring less labour and resource input by establishing functional relationships between the elements. Permaculture farming is a noble occupation changing our land management from destructive to nature restoring, connecting farmers and citizens in the mutually supportive community. Read more about permaculture.

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