SEEDS OF A COMMON FUTURE : Α regenerative process for promoting integration and income opportunities
This season Nea Guinea is joining forces with ANKAA PROJECT (http://www.ankaaproject.org/) to develop a new Permaculture project called “Seeds of a Common Future”. This project intents to bring together refugees, development workers and locals into a shared learning experience, and provide them with the necessary skills and perspectives to get actively involved in regenerative initiatives that will facilitate the transformation of physical and social spaces inside and outside the camps. Tapping into the wide set of tools and techniques that Permaculture offers for cultural and ecological regeneration, we will work together to shape supportive and restorative processes that will enhance personal and collective well being, as well as facilitate creative interactions between people that promote the integration of refugees into local society. At the same time, we will create the conditions for income opportunities to emerge in the field of Permaculture design and gardening, empowering the people involved and enhancing their sense of self-reliance.
Specifically, “Seeds of a common future” aims to provide the participants with a thorough understanding of Permaculture ethics and principles as well as specialized knowledge and technical training in the design and cultivation of sustainable food production systems and the collection and preservation of seeds from traditional vegetable varieties. Combining theory and practice, the group will work on the establishment of a small nursery unit for growing seedlings and an urban vegetable garden for food and seed production. Moreover the group will work on the development of a small entrepreneurial initiative related to seedlings production. The produced seedlings will be distributed to the local solidarity market through open promoting events organised by the course participants during May 2022. These events will introduce the participants to the local community as qualified Permaculture practitioners (farmers, gardeners, seed savers) and create interactions that could potentially result in emerging job opportunities.
This project is funded by Lush Re:Fund (https://weare.lush.com/lush-life/our-giving/refund/)