Earth and Nature Management
Permaculture, local seeds and ecological agriculture care for the Earth that feeds us. How to obtain and use natural goods and services respecting ecological balance.
Since the beginning of Permact, we have focused on promoting projects that support food sustainability, production of quality food for all and preservation of environment for other animal and plant species in order to optimize the occupied space. We backed initiatives that guarantee the future of coming generations by means of fairly short and long-term fair environmental practices that contribute in social terms to social inclusion and empowerment.
We supported initiatives that avoid relationships with large corporations that might create dependency and local poverty in the long run. Thus, we give a voice to companies that encourage the variety of local monocultures and food sovereignty instead of promoting companies based on large-scale, market-dependent monocultures (such as genetically modified soybeans in Argentina for example). There are a number of practices that support this objective: agroforestry, biodynamics, organic agriculture, forest gardens, local seed banks, efficient water use, reducing wastefulness on plantations, integrated aquaculture, holistic field management, urban vegetable gardens, etc.
On the one hand, taking care of the land because it feeds us and, on the other hand, because it is part of the great interconnectivity of the planet, is key to addressing and solving small and large-scale environmental problems such as climate change, nitrogen and phosphorus contamination in rivers, loss of biodiversity and epoxy in estuaries due to fertilizers. You will find some of the projects that we shared since Permact below. For sure, there is more than one near your location that you can visit and experience.
Translated by Kerlene Telesford and Lina Scarpellini
After returning from various trips, they decided to found their own charitable organization with the objective of helping deforested regions replant trees.
Norwich, a city located in the east of England. Dave introduced me to this initiative and told me “come on, try it and see how you like it!”
Green Towers is a small-scale social business initiative. It is composed of a multidisciplinary team of students from state colleges in the United States. It all began when a student from the University of Pennsylvania, with an interest in agriculture, thought that aquaponic agriculture, a model already tested in other sites, would also serve as a good model for urban agriculture.
The initiative was launched in 2008 by Pamela Warhurst, a Todmorden resident. Pamela was determined to improve the town by creating a friendlier atmosphere and helping its residents improve their lives, based on one simple idea: cooperation between neighbors.
Toni joined a summer course organized by The Farming Institute. This institute was created by Kate, Susan and Dick. 17 years ago, Susan began farming organically for her community. At that time few people were interested in this type of agriculture, but starting with a few clients she was able, at her peak, to provide organic vegetables for some 300 families.
WWOOF es una red internacional de granjas agroecológicas y de personas interesadas aprender de ellas. Los voluntarios trabajan en las granjas y los granjeros les dan comida y cama. Buscamos por internet una granja para hacer wwoofing en Zambia y así conocimos a Sebas. Un personaje fuera de lo común, con una opción de vida fuertemente determinada por sus principios e ideología.
Young Urban Homesteaders is an organization composed of two people who grow food in their garden to be self-sufficient and to be a model for their community. Their goal is that everyone can have a vegetable garden at their house.
The various groups of RISEP (Solidarity Exchange and Ecological Network of Petén), livestock keepers, and the people of IMAP (Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) who I met on the shores of Lake Atitlán, are all motivated by the same idea.