2020 Youth in Permaculture Prize

Permaculture Magazine
Monday, 3rd August 2020

The Youth Prize has grown! In its third year, the Youth in Permaculture Prize, now £10,000, is open to anyone 25-years-old and under. The main award is £5,000 with two runners up winning £2,500.

We are delighted to bring the Youth in Permaculture Prize in house, which for the last two years has been hosted by Abundant Earth Foundation.

Youth are truly the future of our planet. In order to recognise and honour their talent and intelligence, this world-wide prize will spotlight young leaders who are dedicating their time to make the world a better place and create a future that provides for all.

With so much at stake regarding climate change, economic disparity, and loss of species, today’s youth are motivated to do what they can to change the destructive path the world is on. Moreover, adults have much to learn from them and many ways to support their efforts. This prize is designed to share stories, solutions, and methods we can all participate in, steering a new course for the future, while allowing the youth to lead the way.

Projects which have a potential to “go viral,” with a multiplying effect, that can easily be replicated by others are of special interest. Real-world application of Permaculture Ethics and Principles will be considered in the evaluation of the applicants. Care for the Planet, People, and the Future are the Ethics and foundation of permaculture.

An international panel of young judges will choose projects based on the impact they will have on the environment, providing food, offering solutions to economic or social problems, or other means of creating a better future.

The 2019 first place winner was Mohamed Qasim Lessani, of Afghanistan. Qasim believes “... education can heal the injured mindset of people who believe nothing can change Afghanistan.” After completing a Permaculture Design Course with Australian teacher Rosemary Morrow (who brings permaculture to many war-torn countries and refugee camps), Qasim is applying permaculture design to transform schools into models for basic human security, including food, water and energy – even in areas of extreme poverty, violence and war.

Millicent Anyango, 24, won the Youth in Permaculture Prize 2018 due to her leadership, selfless dedication, and innovative use of permaculture. The award will be used to buy teaching materials and cooking equipment for the orphanage and street feeding programs. She will also employ more help for the gardens, Tabasamu children’s home, and the feeding programs. Millicent looks to continue her education in order to help teach more people ways to better their life through permaculture and food security.

About the judges

Jonathan Jenkins


Jono grew up in the UK and found peace in some of the solutions to which permaculture has to contribute to the evolving needs of the planet and humans. He is currently working in Kenya to support the growth of Brackenhurst Botanical Garden and Forest and its associated community-based organization Friends of Brackenhurst Forest. You can find out more information on the project and see the developments from last year's award (Brackenology was a runner up in the 2019 Youth in Permaculture Prize) at brackenology.com.

Shanti Macnamara


Shanti Macnamara has grown up with permaculture, and has completed one Permaculture Design Course officially, yet been on countless other courses with her mother over the years. She has been on Youth in Permaculture exchanges in Italy and Spain. She is currently studying contemporary circus and physical theatre at Circomedia, and is looking for new ways to involve the creative arts with Cultural Emergence and permaculture design. 

Andrew Thomas
Andrew is a teenage permaculturist with a growing passion for forest gardening and polycultures. He is currently designing and planting a forest garden and no-dig vegetable beds on a 0.7 acre site at his family home in Hampshire. When not gardening he has been involved with various environmental campaigns including Extinction Rebellion and stopping a regional airport expansion.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith works with regenerative agroecology to homestead the urban frontier, animate wildcrafted treasures, educate, consult and design in the international edgespace of the northern rockies.  Started Boundary Conditions in 2018 and now runs the NRPRI.  Cold temperate deep mountain agroforestry, private sector wildland-urban interface into cross-departmental large scale ecosystems management/restoration.  Sculpting the future we want to see one plant and one person at a time.

How to Apply

Online applications are now open and it’s free to enter. See: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/content/youth-permaculture-application-form-2020

If you're over 25, you can apply for the Permaculture Magazine Prize