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    Nordic Permaculture Festival in Iceland

    Why this festival?

    The Nordic Permaculture Festival opens up the field of sustainability to a broader public view with a hands-on as well as theoretical focus. The festival is an opportunity for participants from the Nordic countries to gather and exchange information about sustainable solutions from their areas - both on a national and local level. The festival is a rotating event, which first took place in Denmark in 2011. The festival has been in all independent Nordic countries except Iceland and now Iceland is more than ready to host a great event! This festival is an opportunity for all to share experiences, visions, lifestyles, and practical knowledge.

    History of the festival

    The first Nordic Permaculture Festival was created in Hegnstrup in Denmark in 2011. Ängsbacka course center in Sweden held the festival In 2012. In 2013 the festival traveled to Norway to the Ecovillage in Hurdalen, then to Friland in Denmark, Stjärnsund in Sweden and Isnäs in Finland and now it will be in Iceland 2017!

    What is permaculture?

    Permaculture is a design method that repeats natural cycles in a way that creates yields for humans in ways that does minimal environmental harm. It builds on three ethics which are Earth care, People care and Fair share. In short permaculture is a clever way of working with nature to produce the most with nature instead of abusing it.

    Iceland this summer

    The Nordic Permaculture Festival is held in Iceland this summer near the fishing town Þorlákshöfn. The county has graciously loaned land to Töfrastaðir/Permavillage for the next 10 years, Töfrastaðir is a permaculture organization that spreads permaculture in Iceland. The land is very raw, with lava fields, sand banks, moss and a little grass here and there. In the coming months this land will turn into a magical festival area and the participants of the festival can contribute in the future of this land by adding their touches and wisdom.

    The Nordic Permaculture Festival is a participatory festival where the guests are also the workshop holders and keepers of the area. There will be an emphasis on balanced values between the different views within permaculture and tolerance for all. Since the festival location and Icelandic permaculture society is in the starting stages, the focus in workshop selection will be on how to implement ideas and information that helps projects to grow in their early stages.

    THE OBJECTIVES OF THE NORDIC PERMACULTURE FESTIVAL ARE:

    • To spread knowledge of practical permaculture solutions.
    • To be a networking forum for Nordic permaculture enthusiasts.
    • To rotate each year between the Nordic countries, enabling as many people as possible to participate.
    • To keep the festival affordable for as many people as possible.
    • To show examples of permaculture on the festival site.
    • For the catering to consist of mainly local, minimum ecological, produce.
    • To be open for everyone independent of culture, age or sex etc, or previous experience with permaculture. Active participation and engagement is the only requirement.
    • To be based on voluntary engagement.
    http://www.permavillage.net/nordicpermaculturefestival

    Mörður Gunnarsson Ottesen, aka Moli, tells about permaculture in Iceland and the Nordic Permaculture Festival of 2017:


    Die Sonne scheint noch.

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    What is permaculture?

    Permaculture is a design method that repeats natural cycles in a way that creates yields for humans in ways that does minimal environmental harm. It builds on three ethics which are Earth care, People care and Fair share. In short permaculture is a clever way of working with nature to produce the most with nature instead of abusing it.
    Permaculture is a "cute" idea until you realize that you must feed more than two people per 10 acers of land. Modern farming with proper crop rotation and good tillage practices do not hurt the land and can be done organic as to not add chemicals to the soil and food crops.

    The whole permaculture idea is hippie thing and needs to be dropped. There are some "permaculture farms" near Bloomington, Indiana, they live off grants from the government and border national forest and are usually a cover for illegal weed production on public lands. If you ask these people what their yields are they always have an excuse and not an exact number, any farmer worth his salt will tell you exactly what his yields are for any year.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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    Indeed I don't see them giving yields on permaculture.


    The yield for intensive maize farming can be about 10 tons / hectare.
    This is food stuff you can completely process and it would give you more than 27 kg / day. You can feed a group of more than 30 people with this. Although of course those would be not really balanced meals, but it gives you an indication what technological agriculture can deliver, if you really want to.

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    Permaculture on a large/mass level has disadvantages and yes there are modern ways to farm without destroying the land.
    But permaculture can be a good idea on a small scale, for people who want to preserve the older ways of agriculture and incipient natural farming.
    Permaculture seek to create a habitat which can regenerate and maintain, self-sufficient and recycling (like returning waste to ecosystem). It see plants and animals in multiple function and teach people to establish and know their need.
    The permaculture "culture", if can be said so, is a reaction to excessive, destructional and pollutive technics. But of course there are many alternatives between the two extremes.

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    Interesting the diverse opinions about
    it at women's and men's side.

    African Blacks in Africa are often practicing such
    kind of agriculture, it seems.

    Women have "steady toil" to raise children.
    That is, why they have no fear for efforts, I guess.

    With germ. "Mühe" , people do not receive as much
    income, as with capitalistic successful "worth the trouble" mentality.

    About maize corn crop, hamsters that feed overwhelmingly from maize, became cannibals :
    France's wild hamsters being turned into 'crazed cannibals' by diet of corn
    Starving rodents in north-eastern France are suffering from vitamin deficiencies that prompt them to eat their own young
    https://www.google.de/amp/s/amp.theg...y-diet-of-corn

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