WHO WE SUPPORT
An ecosystem of projects
We focus on grassroots permaculture projects that emphasise supporting youth, women, diversity, disaster response, networking, and social entrepreneur efforts.
A little support can have a big influence when we pool our resources and redistribute to those who need some assistance.
Youth in Permaculture Prize
To recognize and honor the extraordinary efforts of young people around the world who use permaculture to help regenerate the planet, we were proud to offer the first Youth in Permaculture Prize. We had applicants from 12 countries apply, ranging from age 8-25. The projects submitted were of high caliber, and offer great hope for our future. Winners will be announced later this summer. This project is in partnership with Permaculture Magazine, International.
In order to have a coherent Global Permaculture Movement, we need to better connect and support each other. So, we are working to help create the Weaver Network platform. This will be a network of networks to share your stories and projects, list your Wants/Needs/Offerings/Requests, connect with others in your area, learn about permaculture trainings and courses, and share your best practices and insights. You are invited to join these efforts and knit a stronger permaculture network around the world. This project is in partnership with Aranya Solutions, CoLab and other permaculture organizations.
Youth Created Media
The young people of today have an important voice to listen to and help rise up. Sierra Robinson is a 16-year-old permaculture teacher and activist starting a YouTube television show with the support of Abundant Earth Foundation (AEF). Capturing the voice of the next generation, advice from elders, and exploring today’s cutting edge ideas that will create a better future, Sierra’s project will offer inspiration, education, and entertainment.
Community Resilience Strategies
The Hawaiian Islands import over 90% of their food, yet have the potential to grow most of it, especially if permaculture practices were applied. As the most remote landmass on the planet, the island chain is at risk of food shortages in time of natural disasters or other disruptions of the system. In April of 2018, Kauai experienced an extreme weather event of over 30 inches of rain in 30 hours. The next week, Abundant Earth Foundation co-hosted permaculture expert Jenny Pell to visit from Maui to facilitate community dialogues on how the island could become more resilient and self-sufficient, in everyday life as well as in times of disaster. These efforts were in partnership with Friends of the Trees and are intended to lead to long-term island-wide strategic planning.
For the last 29 years, pioneers in the environmental and social fields have gathered for an annual conference called Bioneers. Sharing cutting-edge approaches to healing our relationships with each other and the planet, this gathering provides education and inspiration throughout the year through Bioneers’ media platforms. At this year’s gathering, October 20-23, Abundant Earth Foundation will co-sponsor a community dome space.
East Africa Permaculture Convergence
At the end of May 2018, the first ever East Africa Permaculture convergence was held in Uganda. Hosted by Sector 39, the convergence brought together participants to share local knowledge, network by geography and interest groups, and build stronger connections amongst the African Permaculture Movement. Abundant Earth Foundation was proud to sponsor 15 scholarships that allowed the participation of people who would not otherwise have been able to attend.
European Permaculture Convergence
In recognition of the importance of face-to-face networking and information sharing, every other year a different country hosts a European Permaculture Convergence. In the middle of August this year, Ireland was the host of the event. From honoring the elders and the youth of permaculture to taking an in-depth look at the potential future of permaculture as a global movement, the event offered practical hands-on and strategic planning workshops. Through a program of offering a number of 2-for-1 tickets and scholarships, Abundant Earth helped provide access for a more inclusive and diverse array of participants.
Cuba Permaculture Demonstration Sites
When the main source of food and industrial imports was cut off from Cuba with the fall of the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s, the island nation was forced to grow as much of its own food as it could with as little inputs as possible. Permaculture practices have been key to farmers and citizens growing food to meet their needs.
AEF made a cultural exchange visit in February of 2018 to better learn from the creativity of applied permaculture in Cuba, as well as to look for projects that would benefit from micro-grants and other forms of support.
Sending Teachers Abroad
AEF helped support the California-based Butterfly Project’s Brandie Mack to travel to Zambia to assist efforts to teach permaculture and holistic health to women and girls. She co-facilitated workshops, helped install an herb spiral at the IWAWA orphanage, and further developed a food forest for the village. Brandi also facilitated training on social enterprise and urban agriculture with the IWAWA staff, and discussed the benefits of applying permaculture principles with the Minister of Sustainability. She plans to return to Zambia to continue working with the women and children to further develop their permaculture knowledge and experience.
Grass Roots Initiatives
Food Forest Education in Panama
A deep understanding of the local economic growth, food security, and environmental repair that a food forest can provide is very important for those who wish to teach others. In May of 2018, we sponsored Victor Navarro to tour the highly functioning food forest run by Bruce Hill on Bastimentos Island in Panama. We also supported him to attend a permaculture design course at Villa Tavida in Panama. Victor is now developing a curriculum on agroforestry to share with local Panamanians to restore the environment and create economic opportunities through planting a variety of trees.
Protecting the Precious
24-year-old Joseph Adianyo runs the Nyathuon Gweno Organic farming and Permaculture Project in Homa Bay, Kenya. He teaches many people in the local village how to grow food in a sustainable manner, even in harsh climatic conditions. By supporting the project with funds needed to purchase supplies for a fence and water storage tank, Joseph is now able to protect the garden from animals and have better access to water, therefore offering more food and economic development to the local community.
Teaching at orphanages and refugee camps
The K5 Village Project in Kenya is where Omito Owuor works to educate and empower the rural communities to escape extreme poverty through permaculture. Working closely with women and orphans, he offers trainings in order to facilitate an open-source approach to decentralized permaculture education. Travel expenses and equipment to help Omito’s efforts to teach permaculture at refugee camps was a “rapid response” grant that Abundant Earth was able to help with earlier this year.
Rapid Response in times of need
In May of 2018, parts of Kenya experienced extreme weather events that threatened permaculture projects. Emergency supplies were needed by Samwel Orenda so he could respond to the climatic event and protect the garden which acts as a learning center and food source for elderly and orphans in the local community. Abundant Earth Foundation was happy to be able to offer the support needed for the supplies.