SUSTAINABLE ORCHARD, MONGOLIA
Husband and wife team Marlene and Robert Founder started an NGO called Trees Of Life, with the aim of improving quality of life in the Mongolian countryside and giving people self-worth through horticulture and training using permaculture principles. Trees of Life is in the process of establishing a sustainable fruit tree orchard and vocational training centre in Northern Mongolia. They are actively building and investing in the people of the Sukhbaatar, Selenge community through the use of sustainable horticulture, permaculture teaching and relationship building.
THE POLYCULTURE PROJECT, BULGARIA
There is plenty of heavily funded research on industrial agriculture, yet there is a gap in the data when it comes to how small-scale biologically cultivated polyculture gardens can provide nutritious affordable food while increasing biodiversity. Paul and Sophie Roberts and their two sons, in collaboration with Sofia University and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, have been filling this gap with The Polyculture Project.
So far, they have gathered five years of results from their home and market gardens, and explored the differences between growing conventionally and growing in polycultures. They have documented plant species, soil analysis, inputs and outputs, and produce yields and all the results are available on their website.
PERMACULTURE IN THE ARCTIC, NORWAY
Svalbard, an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole, has until recently been functioning without local food resources, as fruitful agriculture seemed impossible. That was until Benjamin Vidmar, an eco-chef and foodie from Ohio, arrived and set up Polar Permaculture.
Polar Permaculture produces farm fresh, nutritious vegetables, microgreens, sprouts and quail eggs for the local communityusing a sustainable, circular system. Polar Permaculture aims to one day produce enough food for the entire town of Longyearbyen, and process all of the community’s organic and biological waste.
FIJI INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE HABITATS (FISH), FIJI
In 2005, a group of humanitarians, educators and community builders established a permaculture farm and sustainable eco-lodge, which is now owned and operated by native Fijians. From that base they taught sustainability courses and responded to natural disasters.
The same group then founded FISH in 2009. FISH offers educational programs including Hybrid Adobe Pumice Building, Introduction to Permaculture and Fijian Farming and Herbalism, as well as facilitates beach and ocean clean-ups and even a yoga retreat. Their current focus is on building a women’s resource centre and training women in sustainable building to empower them and their communities. The group aims to expand knowledge of hurricane-resistant natural building skills on vulnerable islands and coastlines for safer, longer-lasting shelter.
In Tanzania, the destruction of natural forests is a threat to rural communities and native wildlife. WeForest is an international NGO that aims to help communities to re-forest and manage their forests. One of their projects is transitioning the Kinesi Village farmers in Tanzania to permaculture farming. Seedlings grown in the nursery are prioritised for women-led households and families with orphans, and local schools are given fruit tree seedlings. Training in permaculture is also provided to boost food production and yield.