This Sunday, 5th May 2013, is International Permaculture Day and what a truly wonderful thing of great beauty and awe that is. Its theme this year is ‘Grow Local!’ which I thought would resonate with you as a reader of this site, and as I am one of its supporters/participants, I thought I would tell you more about it.
Here is a teaser of a longer video I made as my contribution (filmed in my greenhouse) which will be aired on the day:
“So what happens on International Permaculture Day?” you cry.
Permaculture gardens and education centres worldwide will open their doors to showcase permaculture practices. There will be tours, workshops, talks, film screenings, permablitzes* and more, that include:
- Edible landscapes designed to survive flood, drought and climate change
- Food forests integrating food production, animals and natural pest management
- Animal husbandry from backyard chickens to aquaculture
- Natural building from cob ovens to eco-domes
- Seed saving of open pollinated and/or heirloom seeds
- Composting and worm farms
- Agroforestry systems for food and fuel
- Renewable energy systems
- Soil building
- Recycling, upcycling and reusing waste products
Also on the day, the organisers will be hosting Grow Local Live!, a 24 hour live webcast of events, reports and interviews from the permaculture community.
The programme will include leading permaculture designers David Holmgren, Eric Toensmeier and Geoff Lawton, and feature bioneers such as Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Polly Higgins, Charles Eisenstein, myself and others.
All around the world, people will be celebrating ‘growing local’ in their communities. Why not join in and become part of the solution? You can start in your own garden.
For events near you, click here and sign up to the Newsletter and social media, Twitter (@permacultureday), Facebook, and YouTube for regular updates.
I hope you enjoy the day and that it is a huge success.
*Permablitzes are sustainable, one day garden makeovers.