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Permaculture Training Fund

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Project name:Permaculture Training Fund
Project manager:Tycho Huussen
Proposal date:31 Jul 2013
Start date:
End date:
Start capital:€ 550
Fund balance:€ 75


Permaculture is a design science for "permanent (human) culture" based on natural ecosystems. As such it offers a powerful set of principles and proven practices for the development of sustainable communities. This fund aims to offer Permaculture Design Certificate Courses to new leaders in the ecovillage development movement.


Permaculture is an ecological design science for sustainable agriculture and architecture. For example, permaculture vegetable gardens aim to mimic natural, self-regulating ecosystems such as forests and produce useful yields with minimal human intervention. Designers of permaculture systems aim to create healthy, self-regulating ecosystems with respect for the many complex inter-dependent functions of plants, creatures and fungi. Such a system is less sensitive to pests and will enrich the soil instead of depleting it and can in theory be productive indefinitely.

The term permaculture was coined in by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren who published Permaculture One in 1978. Permaculture was initially thought of as "permanent agriculture" based on natural farming traditions (small-scale farming without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides). Permaculture is nowadays regarded in a broader sense as an ecological design science for sustainable architecture, sustainable agricultural production systems, and even for the design of social communities. To incorporate all these applications of permaculture it is now often referred to as "permanent culture". In other words, permaculture is a design science for sustainable culture.

The core-principles of permaculture are:

The world-wide interest in permaculture is at an all time high. Many permaculture training centers all over the world offer Bill Mollison's Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), a two week intensive course about the principles and foundations of permaculture. The PDC also offers an opportunity to learn about design problems by working on realistic design assignments where many aspects of sustainable living are touched, such as


The objective of this fund is to offer permaculture design training to aspiring ecovillage builders. We believe that permaculture offers a useful set of principles and practices for ecovillage development. Another aspect of participating in a PDC is the opportunity to connect with the sustainable living community and meet people with a relevant expertise, such as natural builders, sustainable gardeners and experienced facilitators of group processes.

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