Tuesday 7 January
doors open 6.45pm
THE MAN WHO STOPPED THE DESERT
The Man Who Stopped The Desert, the “unmissable” film about Yacouba Sawadogo, an African farmer who proves that just one person can have a hugely positive impact on their environment – this documentary tells the story of Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate African peasant farmer who has transformed the lives of thousands of people across the Sahel.
Soil is essential to life on earth. But much of the world’s soil has become degraded and useless. As the global demand for food grows, millions of pounds and the latest technological advances have been invested in attempts to improve soil quality. Leading scientists and agriculturalists from around the world strive against growing world hunger to find the means to bring exhausted soils back into production, but it seems that a peasant farmer from one of the poorest countries on earth has finally achieved what these experts dream of halting the desert.1st Tuesday of the month
Always at Passing Clouds, Hackney, 1 Richmond Rd, E8 4AA, Behind the Haggerston Pub.
Permaculture Picturehouse is London’s regular permaculture social event – feature length and short films on subjects from the whole permaculture spectrum of interests, accompanied by talks from people involved in local and national projects. All night bar and delicious locally sourced vegetarian food.
For exactly the same info, but to check out the PPH swanky new website go to:) www.permaculturepicturehouse.co.uk
Next month – 4th Feb – tbc
London Permaculture Network AGM 2014
Sunday 23 February
We have a date for the 2014 LPN Annual General Meeting. To be held at Stepney City Farm on Sunday, 23rd February 2pm-4pm. Help your network to go from strength to strength by coming along and getting involved – we could do with some more active bods to keep things thriving. More details to come, but if you’re interested in helping out, or raising an issue for the network to consider please contact us at info@LondonPermaculture.com
The Permaculture Association is consulting on changes to it’s education policy
We want to create an inclusive & diverse community of educators that also has clear guidelines on what qualifications & experience are required for various teaching & tutoring roles.
To create a policy that works for everyone, we want as many different views as possible, so would like to invite you to respond to the consultation.
Click here to find out what is being proposed and how to respond.
Wassailing in North London
Saturday 11 January
Come and join us on Saturday 11th January 2014, 12 noon, for some wassailing fun with live music and plenty of refreshments. If you haven’t yet visited we are just inside Finsbury Park by the Manor House gate… http://www.ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/findingus
Green Peppers Orchard
Come and join us on Saturday 11th January 2014, for some wassailing fun with live music and plenty of refreshment
For more info – click here
The first major event for the Circular Economy
A relevant event for any of you that work in industry – Resource is the first major conference and exhibition for organisations looking to develop strong resource strategy and resilient resource security, providing opportunities to collaborate, partner, network and learn.
For more info & to register for this free event go to: www.resource-event.com/home
’21st Century Permaculture’ radio show
interviewing different guests each time from a pantheon of Permaculturalists – talking about what they’re up to and how this feeds into the global movement that is Permaculture today.
Listen live on www.ShoreditchRadio.co.uk
listen to past shows (when you want): www.MixCloud.com/21stCenturyPermaculture
Permaculture courses this month
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Stepping into Harmony – an Introduction to Permaculture
Saturdays 18 & 25 January
St. Saviour’s Edible Garden & Vestry, SE23 1JN
Introduction to Permaculture
25-26 Jan @ Spitalfields City Farm
Growing courses with Organiclea:
Growing and looking after grape vines
Saturday 25 January
9:30 am – 4:00 pm at Hawkwood Nursery
A one day course that will look at everything to do with growing grape vines, from their planting, and growth training, propagating new plants and specific pruning essentials. This course is particularly suited to small scale urban growers. No previous experience is needed to join in.
Pruning and growing fruit trees and bushes
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March
9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Hawkwood Nursery
The essentials of pruning and growing fruit trees and bushes: a weekend course for beginner and experienced gardeners who have (or would like) fruit trees and bushes and would like to know how to properly establish and maintain them.
Gardening Level 1
Monday 9 December – Friday 24 January
at a community garden in Newham
This is a 5 week course with a holiday break 23rd December – 5th January. There are a few spaces left on this free course, only those on Jobseekers Allowance are eligible to apply, there is a £10 charge for materials.
Gardening Level 1
6 weeks starting Tuesday 25 February
9.30-3.30 at Hawkwood Nursery
This is a unique way of achieving an accredited gardening qualification through practical training in a community market garden and glasshouse combined with supported classroom-based learning and reflection. It is designed to build basic and technical skills for anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or who wants to enhance your food production knowledge.
There will be more Level 1 courses running at Hawkwood throughout 2014.
For more info go to: www.organiclea.org.uk
The Science and Practice of Successful Vegetable Gardening
Every Wednesday 8 January 2014 – 29 January 2014
6pm – 9pm
Come to Stepney City Farm to learn all of the skills needed to grow vegetables successfully. Whether you already do a bit of gardening or are a complete novice this course will give you the theory, practical skills and confidence to garden successfully, whether your aim is to garden in a small windowbox or a large allotment. Each week can be done individually, or as part of the course.
Session 1 – Basics of Gardening – the biology of plants, how it
relates to our care for them, best practice seed sowing, transplanting
and cutting techniques
Session 2 – Proper tool use, Soil Restoration and Preparation
Session 3 – Soil testing, Basic Surveying skills and Planning a Garden
Space pt. 1
Session 4 – Maintenance – watering, weeding and feeding plants,
Planning a Garden Space pt. 2
Booking essential: www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/9656403563
Permaculture Design Courses
Spring into Action – (PDC) in north London
6 weekends, fortnightly, starting 1st March
For more info go to: http://springintoactionpdc.blogspot.co.uk/
Creating Resilient Urban Communities – (PDC) in south London
13 weekend days starting 2nd March
Contact Michel Thill email@example.com or 07901036220 to express interest.
Also, don’t forget there are loads of good quality courses going on in Brighton by the formidable Brighton Permaculture Trust – just a quick leisurely train hop away. For courses go to:
There other courses & events being offered on many themes over the year and more info on the courses mentioned above – check out www.LondonPermaculture.com
Open days & volunteering opportunities below
London Orchard Project – Londonwide
There are loads of events happening each month that you can help out with, check out their website for up-to-date info: http://thelondonorchardproject.org
Edible Landscapes Finsbury Park N4
Volunteers can turn up on any of our regular days – Mondays and Fridays, 10-3 – and receive informal training – no experience necessary – just turn up – all welcome – shared lunch at 1pm.
FOOD from the SKY
Tuesdays: 10am to 1pm
Saturdays(1st of the month): 12noon to 4pm
Crouch End, N8 http://foodfromthesky.org.uk
The Meadow Orchard
Every Saturday 11-4pm
Crouch End, N8, workday to care for the site, garden, orchard and wildlife meadow.
Eco-building every Friday 10.30am-5pm
Variable depending on leaders availability so check website www.meadoworchard.org
If your project would like to advertise it’s Open Days or Volunteer Days – just email us. Could do with some from South London