Tools and Technology

Presenter: 
Jerome Osentowski

Humans work hard to hold back succession - mowing, weeding, plowing, and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it. Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land’s natural tendency to become forest?

Presenter: 
Aranya Gardens

Permaculture has been around for a very long time; indeed life has been doing it for billions of years. It’s the harmonious interdependency we observe whenever we look around us at the natural world. Yet, we humans have made such dramatic changes to that world that we now threaten not just our own survival but that of many other species too. Solutions are needed fast, but acting too quickly could potentially just make things worse. There’s always a chance we might find those solutions by chance, but it’s far more likely if we use design.

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Send a Cow

In Ethiopia, 37% of the population is undernourished. Many families have just 0.25 hectares of land. Yet in projects run by Send a Cow and local partners, farmers are feeding their families and earning an income without encroaching on marginal land or depending on chemical fertilisers.

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Jules Bagnoli

Setting up micro-farms for ex-offenders in Greater Manchester, this presents the outcomes of applying permaculture principles to an innovative project growing legitimate instead of criminal crops.   

Launched in 2015, the project recycles the farming skills learnt on illegal crops by providing recovering ex-offenders with a shipping container or mobile home urban 'farm'. As part of a supportive co-operative, the 'refarmers' aid their own recovery and personal resilience by becoming self-employed.

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About

Richie Alford is Director of Research and Impact for Send a Cow. He has spent many years working overseas in agricultural projects. Sheila Taylor is a Uganda-based consultant specialising in sustainable natural resource based livelihoods. She works with NGOs including Send a Cow, Kulika Uganda, and Greendots.

 

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Immo Fiebrig works at the Centre of Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR, Coventry University, UK) as Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research focusses on rigorous evaluation of permaculture systems that include water retention spaces as key element. He comes with a research background in analytical validation, biopolymer sciences, and healthcare product development. Intrigued by nature and its conservation since his early childhood, fascinated by evolutionary biology later in life, he has fully immersed himself into agroecology after obtaining the Sepp Holzer Permaculture Certificate in 2011.

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A trained chef who ran two Michelin restaurants, I became involved in sustainable food and permaculture by opening a local, seasonal restaurant in 2004. I became involved in Slow Food, the SRA and helping the low-carbon food sector. Currently studying for a masters in holistic approaches to Agro-ecology with Crossfields Institute, and lecturing in alternative food culture at MMU.

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www.refarming.co.uk

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Howard is the founder and MD of Southern Solar Ltd, installing solar systems for over 13 years. He was chair of the Solar Trade Association from 2007 to March 2012 and has been actively involved in lobbying government to increase the ambition and profile of solar PV and thermal in the UK. Howard also founded Ovesco, one of the first community owned energy companies in the UK.

 

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James is a facilitator, trainer, consultant and change-maker who supports communities, organisations and individuals to thrive. He combines an engaging style, a grounded approach and a capacity to guide others in "re-membering" their inherent wisdom and potential. He uses transformational tools such as Non Violent Communication, Way of Council, Inner Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of Selves and is part of a network of innovators collaborating towards the emergence of a more just, sustainable and loving humanity.

 

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Dr Baker has 30+ years, experience in research, training and consultancy in the broad area of science for development with particular experience in coffee, including sustainable production, farmer participatory approaches, biodiversity, coffee quality, climate change and smallholder farmer issues. He has developed, managed and led international projects for major donors, working in Mexico, Colombia and other countries. He has a proven record of peer-reviewed research, with over 70 research articles, reviews and books produced.

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www.coffeeandclimate.org