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8 forms of capital agroforestry apples beans bees beneficial berries biodigester blackberries blackthorn book review brain budget build building campesino capital Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens circular clay pot climate change climate solutions climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology crafts crisis cultural emergence culture cycles design diary diversity DIY do it yourself earth care Earth's energy economics ecopoetry ecosystem edges education efficiency elements energy ethics fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs firewood flowers food food forest forage foraging forest garden forest gardening fruit fruit trees future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin global poverty grapes greenhouse grow grow your own growing guilds habitat harvest harvests hazel hazelnut health healthy soil hedging herbs holistic planned grazing home homestead Hugelkultur humanure IBC tanks Indigenous inexpensive influence jam land landscape life livelihood livestock logs low cost market garden market gardening marmalade mass heater medicinal microbes mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nitrogen no dig no-dig nutrition nuts observe off-grid orchard orchards organic outdoor shower oven oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre pests pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating pruning psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter renewable renewable energy resources reuse revolution rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans Scotland seasons Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions spiritual spring stacking functions straw straw bale sustainable systems temperate terraces thistles timber timber framing toolkit tools trees upcycle urban vegan vermicomposting walnuts waste watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild food wildlife wings winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms year-round food yield zoning

£25,000 Permaculture Magazine Prize Announces Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Permaculture Magazine Prize. 8 projects showcasing the very best examples of ecological, social and economical regenerative permaculture projects in the world.

Established in 2018, the Permaculture Magazine Prize aims to showcase the very best examples of ecological, social and economical regenerative permaculture projects in the world. We want to shine a light on good people and good works in a world on the edge of collapse and climate crisis. We are therefore delighted to announce the 2018 winner and runners up of its main category plus the Youth prize supported by the Abundant Earth Foundation.

The Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI) takes the main £10,000 award for its extraordinary work with its farming community and beyond. GPI have to date trained 8,000 farmers in a range of skills including growing moringa (a highly nutritious nitrogen-fixing tree that can be used to make a variety of natural products from soap to simple medicines), beekeeping, how to set up indigenous tree nurseries and food forests. They have established a micro-credit system for the community and go into schools to teach children how to grow food and farm mushrooms for added income. They teach permaculture design and especially train women in backyard farming. (Read more about them in Permaculture Magazine issue 98, out now.)

“For us, this is not only an opportunity, but also a challenge to expand our network growth and to implement more sustainable projects that focus on empowering local communities through permaculture,” says Paul Yeboah from GPI (https://permacultureghana.wordpress.com)

The four runners up are equally impressive and each will receive £2,500.

They are:

  1. Albaydha Project and Albaydha Development Co., Saudi Arabia. This project is an example of agroforestry that can survive on less than 2 inches of rain a year, while restoring shallow aquifers, sequestering carbon, increasing biodiversity, and honoring the pastoral heritage of the local people. (www.al-baydha.com)
  2. Guba, Swaziland: By offering local people skills to create productive homesteads and learn methods and technologies to be self-sufficient and entrepreneurial, Guba are creating resilient communities for now and the future. (www.gubaswaziland.org
  3. Bentley Urban Farm, UK, a place of refuge, learning and fresh, organic produce in a food desert where there are ample take-aways on every street but not one independent greengrocer. Bentley teaches people how to grow, cook and eat fresh local food and builds community in a fractured society with high unemployment. (www.bentleyurbanfarm.com)
  4. Permaculture Provision Project, USA. Working with the local Navajo Nation, this project is creating fresh food in the ‘Four Corners’ and reviving indigenous food growing techniques and traditions. It is showcasing the need for permaculture across the US. (www.permacultureprovision.org)

Abundant Earth Foundation – Youth in Permaculture Prize

The winner of the Abundant Earth Youth Prize is Millicent Anyango, who uses permaculture methods to feed orphans, school children, and the homeless.  Millicent grew up an orphan in Kenya. She now works at her orphanage teaching the children about fresh, nutritious food. The surplus food goes to the homeless project Millicent also works with. Her commitment to the next generation at such a young age is extraordinary. 

Runners up are:

  • Tierra Nueva. After being devastated by hurricane Maria, John Lago Gonzalez turned his family farm in Puerto Rico into a showcase for permaculture techniques. A tree and herb nursery, and waste collection system are already benefitting the community.
  • Felipe Vasconez grows fresh, organic vegetables high in the Ecuadorian mountains. He aims to create a shared space in Ecuador’s capital, where organic and permaculture producers from across the country, can sell their produce whilst educating the nation.

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