Permaculture Association news

The Permaculture Association has been supporting permaculture practitioners and teachers to create thriving communities across Britain for over 30 years. In 2016 we launched the Thriving Communities project to ensure that permaculture is reaching those in the greatest need.

We’re looking for talented illustrators and writers for inclusion in our brand new long-format journal publication coming out this autumn. Plus, do you have a great idea, invention or hack that you’d like to share with the world? For example, an upcycled biochar kiln, a bicycle trailer, or novel chicken coop?

The new Gardens of Sanctuary project was presented to the Oxford Real Farming Conference this week by Ben Margolis from The Grange and Sophie Antonelli from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

Ben and Sophie are working with City of Sanctuary and the Permaculture Association to support growing spaces around the UK to become places of welcome and sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers.

The Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) in January will be a valuable opportunity to develop understanding and collectively plan. Now in its eighth year, it has become an event that gets highlighted on our calendar early in the year. ORFC delegates are those from across food and farming, with an interest in new agricultural models. They represent those who are interested in meeting global food system challenges in original, environmentally sustainable ways. The point of the ORFC is not simply to attack the status quo but to look ahead — to ask what the world really needs, and what really can be done.

The Permaculture Association have arranged with Paul Sandford of Albert Square Mediation Limited (ASM) that in 2017 he will if required undertake voluntary, pro bono, online (Skype) mediations for our organisation.