Land and Nature Stewardship

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Rafter Sass Ferguson

Despite our broad international presence and high public profile, permaculture has received relatively little attention from scientists and scholars - and have had few opportunities for systematic assessment of our impacts.

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Richard Perkins

We're partnering with nature to transform an old Swedish farm into a dedicated Regenerative Agriculture & Farm Scale Permaculture hub.

Ridgedale Permaculture is designed as a pasture and perennial crop based beyond-organic local food producer and dedicated educational hub in Värmland, Sweden.  After 2 seasons on the ground installing our design via pioneering educational programs supported by an amazing Core Team we report in on the process so far...

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Richard Webb

Grow It Yourself (GIY) is a global support group for people to grow their own food. GIY was started in 2009 in Ireland by Michael Kelly. There are now 60 local groups around Ireland, with others being formed in the UK, Australia and the USA, with around 50,000 people online and in the community.

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Rebecca Laughton is an organic market gardener and the campaigns researcher for the Landworkers' Alliance.  She has worked on organic farms and market gardens for 18 years, as well as researching and writing about local food systems and land based communities.  She is author of "Surviving and Thriving on the Land: How to use your time and energy to run a successful smallholding."

 

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www.landworkersalliance.org.uk

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Born 1981 in Portugal, passionate about gardening since age 6. Studied Biology at university and PhD in Medicine in Austria. In 2006, discovered permaculture while visiting intentional communities. In 2010, coordinated environmental education in Iceland with young volunteers. Then joined the ecocommunity of Sólheimar in Iceland. There worked with disabled people, practice and lectured permaculture and launched a business with organic cosmetics. In 2014 began conservation of endangered plants. Recently returned to Portugal doing forest garden projects.

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I have lived and worked in different states of India, South and South East Asia, and work presently as Trainer of Community Organisers and Resource Persons.

I also design local language simple handouts, manuals and booklets. I have also helped children to develop school gardens and learn about biodiversity and local ecosystems. I live in Chandannagar, Hoohly Dist, with my wife, and our 2 children are studying in different universities.

I grow many plants, share seeds and information about plants directly and through social media.

 

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Jo trained as a Landscape Architect and did her first Permaculture Design Course within this training. She also works with people and the land as a Kinesiologist, health practitioner.  She started foraging 20 years ago when organic food was hard to find and expensive. Her love of plants continues to grow over the years. Since 2008 she has taken hundreds of people foraging and has been designing and maintaining forest gardens. She forages everyday.

 

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Graham is a horticulturist and educator with a long career at the University of Adelaide during which he also built up the certified organic permaculture demonstration farm known as The Food Forest. He and his wife Annemarie cultivate some 150 varieties of fruit, nuts and vegetables and also teach permaculture design on-farm. He is chairman of the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market.is active in the area of town and regional planning and is one of Australia’s foremost permaculture designers

 

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Rafter Sass Ferguson, MS: LiberationEcology.org (Principal), University of Illinois (PhD Candidate and Agroecology Scholars Fellow), Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (Educator), Quail Springs International Development Advisory Council (Member)

 

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www.liberationecology.org

 

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Naomi is plant ecologist with a passion for growing her own food.  She lectures in Ecology and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria.  She also works for the Permaculture Association (Britain) on the Next Big Step – a global consultation asking ‘where next?’ in Permaculture.  Since her PhD in Forest Ecology in 2004, her research has taken her up mountains and through tropical forests.  Most recently she has found great satisfaction closer to home understanding her local food-producing plant communities.