International Forum of Permaculture Educators

COMMUNITY – SENSIBILITY – IMAGINATION

Graphic designer: Michał Dąbrowski
Graphic designer: Michał Dąbrowski
Biennale Warszawa and Agro Perma Lab Foundation would like to invite activists, representatives of initiatives based in Warsaw or working with Warsaw, such as: community gardens, food cooperatives, family garden allotments, CSAs, countrywomen’s associations, daycares with gardens, educational homesteads, as well as farmers, gardeners working in permaculture, educators in natural building and permaculture pioneers to participate in the International Forum of Permaculture Educators which will be held on 15 and 16 May in Warsaw.

Research conducted by the Polish National Centre for Climate Change during the first wave of the pandemic indicates that in the first quarantine period, many of us have rediscovered the importance of the contact with nature in our lives – the role of spending time in gardens, parks, forests or in garden allotments. It was an opportunity not only to slow down and center ourselves, but often also to form a deeper relationship with nature, to start growing our own vegetables, herbs, or fruit.

How to maintain that change and what can constitute an alternative to the previous system? How can we join into the transformation that will allow us all to profit from healthier food and co-create the conditions to produce it? This new path for the development of urban gardening and agriculture could be provided by permaculture – permanent (durable, indestructible) cultivation – old knowledge for new times. The permaculture movement in the world – from London to Detroit – has already contributed to the transformation of numerous urban spaces into life-giving gardens. We can use this mode of agriculture, so close to the natural ecosystem, and apply it in the post-pandemic reality. Permaculture, which allows designing and creating edible gardens for cities, could be a chance to develop food solidarity, as well as support local food practices and policies, and circular economy.

International Forum of Permaculture Educators will be the first event of its kind in Poland. We want to provide an opportunity for development to individuals who are already active leaders of permaculture communities as well as those who only start out as educators. The objective of the forum is networking for people involved in permaculture education, who already know its premises and who work for food solidarity in Warsaw, in Masovia, and within related initiatives. We will invite selected participants as well as foreign guests to discuss how to teach permaculture in the city, how to develop your workshop and how to increase social awareness and fully harness the potential of its premises.

On the first day, during a closed workshop session with selected participants, we will consider work methods and tools of permaculture educators. We will also try to ponder what could a roadmap look like for urban development and for the relationship between the city and the country in the coming years.
The second day will take the form of a public forum, streamed online via organisers’ communication channels. Participants and invited guests will be asked to present a short talk. The entire event will conclude with a summarizing debate.

Our bases will comprise the following methods:

— informal education in grass-roots social movements,

— empathetic and reflective pedagogies,

— visionary processes.

 

Recruitment

You can apply to participate in the Forum by completing our recruitment survey. The number of places is limited. Recruitment will begin on 5 April 2021, and before 12 April we will announce the list of selected participants. The Forum will be held in English. Biennale Warszawa does not cover costs of travel and accommodation of Forum participants in Warsaw. Persons selected in the recruitment process and invited to participate in the Forum will receive a remuneration of PLN 400 gross / PLN 366 net (participants will sign with the organiser a contract for a specific work whose subject will be their active participation in the Forum and preparing and presenting a short talk.)

In the recruitment process we will take into account whether:

— the participant represents a community: organisation, association, informal collective or grass-roots movement, local community producing food, academic or research institution, or works with others as an independent educator;

— the subject of activities and mission of the native organisation / community is in line with the principles of food sovereignty;

— the potential of the invited person as an educator is supported by real actions;

— the participant would be willing and able to apply experience gained during the Forum in practice and co-create the solidarity network after the event.

One of our priorities is diversity among participants – consequently, a person from a less represented sector could be selected for the forum.

Recruitment results

Thank you for all the applications submitted for the International Forum of Permaculture Educators.

We would like to invite the following individuals to participate in the entire event (15 and 16 May 2021):

Marek Golonko

Krystian Stempek

Klaudia Kryńska

Małgorzata Witczak

Krzysztof Gajda

Ewa Tatar

Wojciech Nowak

Michelle Żamojda 

Karolina Pająk

Michał Augustyn

Ola Arent

Łukasz Nowacki

Agnieszka Chołuj 

Anna Chęć

Maciej Łepkowski

and

Krzysztof Marciniak (auditing within cooperation with “Dwutygodnik”)

We would like to invite everyone to attend the second day of the Forum, on 16 May, which will be open to the public. The event will be streamed on social media channels of Biennale Warszawa.

Participants of the Forum will also include members of the international educators’ collective formed by educators and practitioners of permaculture and agroecology from Poland, Spain, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Germany. Since February 2021, the collective has been working within the project The Supermarket Museum: Living Together within Limits of the Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation, a partner of Biennale Warszawa, on the visionary approach to teaching food-growing and agriculture, which will be showcased during the Forum, as well as on the website of the virtual exhibition “The Supermarket Museum.”

Collective members who will participate in the Forum:

Daniel Pacek, Poland (Placówka)

Marcelina Haremza, Poland (Ogrodowa Alternatywa)

Joanna Bojczewska, Poland (Ekopoletko)

Habiba Youssef, Spain (La Bolima)

Immo Fiebrig, Germany (Lebende Samen)

Iryna Kozakova, Ukraine (Permaculture in Ukraine)

Jana Kožnarová, Czech Republic (Asociace místních potravinových iniciativ)

Susanne Hofmann-Souki, German (Agroecolo)

Recruitment will begin on 5 April 2021, and before 12 April we will announce the list of selected participants.

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