Permayouth is a new space for young permaculture people (11–16 yo) to connect, teach and inspire each other. The Permayouth are dedicated young people who care about the future of the planet. They want to make a positive difference in the world through their everyday lives and see permaculture as a positive and practical way to achieve this.
So far, they have held permaculture camps at Crystal Waters; met online via Zoom every two weeks with me (Morag) as their mentor; have been researching plants; they have written and recorded a song; started a book club; they are writing a permaculture recipe book; and they are teaching each other about permaculture. The group is planning a presentation at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in 2021; and will be creating youth hubs for an online Permayouth Summit, to connect with the International Permaculture Convergence in late 2021.
There is a growing group of people joining in from across Australia, the UK, Europe, Zanzibar, India and beyond. They are amazing, super keen and super friendly and love having a space to connect up with like-minded young people.
Do you know of young people who’d like to get involved? Register your interest via the website or email us at email@example.com.
MAYA MOUNTAIN RESEARCH FARM, BELIZE
Started in 1988, Maya Mountain Research Farm in southern Belize is one of the oldest permaculture projects in Central America. Located amidst a lush tropical food forest, this research, demonstration and education centre is exploring permaculture, agro-forestry, biochar and aquaculture systems while creating valuable ecological services such as carbon sequestration, soil and water retention, an indigenous seed bank and wildlife habitat creation.
Every year the research farm hosts a permaculture design course, but also welcome interns, students, groups and volunteers, and long and short-term visitors. Guests stay in dormitories and eat familystyle meals dining together with everyone on the farm. They work with local non-profits and provide local training in renewable energy and green-building techniques.
This is an experimental learning centre. If you are interested in doing research or being an intern, you can send them your letter of introduction and CV. You may even be able to organise credit in your university course by studying at the research farm.
BRACKENHURST CENTRE AND BRACKENOLOGY BOOK PROJECT
The Brackenhurst Centre is a conference and education centre in Kenya, based on permaculture principles, where people can be immersed in permaculture and regenerative practices, and be connected with nature and the wonderful world of plants. For 30 years, the centre has supported people in work restoring the indigenous forests and surrounding wetlands, in habitat restoration and practising sustainable business practices. They are restoring the soil, reducing their waste by 95 percent, growing their firewood on campus, maintaining a rare plant nursery, using solar power and bringing daylight into the rooms.
Brackenology is a project to engage children with the permaculture principles and ethics; they do this through art and nature connection. Part of the centre’s work involves creating a series of children’s permaculture books, with support from the Abundant Earth Foundation. These books are an amazing resource for young people. Download the first chapter from their Brackenology website.
S.H.A.R.E PEACE PERMACULTURE
S.H.A.R.E. – Sustainable Housing Agriculture Reaching Everyone – is a project to help rural Africans escape extreme poverty, by returning to permaculture basics. S.H.A.R.E. was started by Yongo Otieno Wycliffe, who lives in Kenya. He was driven by his passion to educate and empower many people and improve the sustainability of future generations. He has been teaching permaculture free of charge to the rural people and says no job is too big or small. S.H.A.R.E. has a small piece of land and they are looking for more property, to dedicate to the community. This land will bring the people together and will help their communities grow. They have spread permaculture teaching to children and rural communities. They have planted trees with children and women in nearby villages.
They will grow organic non-GMO permaculture food utilising cultural techniques, thus preserving and reinforcing the cultural aspects of the communities with which they are working. They have also constructed a small guesthouse to provide free accommodation to anyone who volunteers and stays with them.