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permEZONE

permEZONE

permEzone's goal is to promote the development of sustainable food systems by training farmers in permaculture techniques and empowering these farmers to help each other with continuing support services and a new mobile phone platform.

To build community based eco-social resilience, food security and cooperative practices that help build more resilient local economies for small-holder farmers in Central Region of Uganda

The permEzone program is designed to work with these existing resources:

  1. Working with the network of regional permaculture training centers to help rural communities build their own efficient, sustainable and ecologically regenerative food systems.
  2. The ubiquitous cellphone, which is an effective tool to share information in isolated rural areas and can be a great asset in reaching resource-poor communities.

We want to train farmers to design their own regenerative food systems, and support them in creating model farms, empowering whole communities to achieve food security. They will continue to receive support from qualified teachers and experts, in person and through mobile technology, multiplying the impact by using cellphones to develop and share local expertise. Context In the developing world, many farmers are still taught conventional farming techniques by governments or the private sector. These techniques, such as mono-cropping or reliance on toxic pesticides, have well-documented problems, including:

  1. Widespread degradation of soil and water resources.
  2. Fragmentation of communities and increasing poverty and inequality.
  3. A growing crisis due the combined impact of unsustainable farming practices on the natural systems on which all life depends.

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  • What is Permaculture?

    We are all designers, but many are not aware. We observe, interact and make choices based on what we observe, believe and expect. We build and follow patterns, interact with sectors that flow through our spaces and lives and constantly move between zones…

    We are continuously designing our spaces, activities, relationships, life…

    Permaculture is about making this design intentional: to become aware of our power and responsibility, our influences and impacts

    Permaculture is about using this power to design with ethics, knowing that whatever we do, whatever our choices are, they will have an impact on the planet ecosystems, on other beings and other humans, including future generations….

  • Why should we care about Permaculture?

    There are many reasons:

    The “Green” economy has been another fad and it has become “greenwash” (a trick for you and me to continue buying stuff, just that this time is “green” so we may feel relieved, for a while, thinking we are being responsible and caring for the planet while continue with our abusive and immature lifestyles). Permaculture is not a fad and doesn’t ask you to just change lifebulbs, buy local and get a hybrid. It proposes a complete life change that will move your foundations and all what you believe and expected, but will create a more just and truly sustainable world for all.

    The green-fix will not last much more and will soon show (as it has already started) that its proposals are superficial.

    Climate change is more real than ever: if you don’t “believe” in it, I suggest you take a few serious courses at Coursera, from any university and read a little. The climate has already been changed by our consumption and exploitation of fossil fuels and for the way we do agriculture, raise livestock and expand human developments. It is creating draughts, floods and wildfires everywhere and depleting the natural mechanisms for buffering the impacts of most natural disasters. It is impacting many populations, mainly those who haven’t done much to create the climate change in the first place, and it is expected that all these combined conditions will create a perfect storm with hunger and pandemics going rampant in the world…Permaculture has a way to reduce the impact by creating resilient communities and households, at the same time that we responsibly stop what is causing all this.

    Peak oil and peak resources in general (think not only fossil fuels as a source for energy, but as a source for many of the raw materials needed for producing most of the things we use, including plastics and all its different forms; also include here all the rare metals and other resources that are finite, even more than the fossil fuels, some non-recoverable after being used and transformed by manufacturing, and that are being used for our “convenience” such as cell phones and iPads)

    Permaculture doesn’t ask us to trash our devices. However, it makes us to re-think how we live and whether is so important to be so comfortable and up-to-date in the last technology, entertainment and comfort, that we have to rape the entire planet, taking the lives and livelihoods of other peoples and beings around the world so we can live like this.

  • Do you have to own land to practice Permaculture?

    No. You can rent land, share land or swap land for another service or product you provide.

    Also, as Permaculture includes so many other things, you can become a permaculturista while living in the city, in an apartment or in a shared basement.

    One of the tricks Permaculture teaches is to be creative and open to opportunities. You can create a sustainable life almost anywhere and with scarce resources.

    Remember: only the Permaculture perceived as elitist and only for those who can afford land, a PDC and extreme life changes is the one that requires you are young, healthy and at least middle-class.

    Real Permaculture is much more than that and that is the quest of this blog and my own life experiments with it.

  • I have no gardening or farming skills, can I still benefit from Permaculture?

    ou can reduce your energy use and bills, create more space for real enjoyment and family life, help to save water and biodiversity, regenerate places, make the local economy thrive for real local people and many other things that don’t necessarily involve gardening.

    However, I can assure you, once you start growing your own food and live the pleasure of being responsible for your most basic needs, you’ll forget about whether or not you know farming/gardening…it is easy, fun and very, very rewarding…and you can do it in containers, in a windowpane, a balcony or a small deck…

    You can also grow your food at the local plaza, at a friend’s house or start a community garden.

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