PLANT – Follow-Up to EPT

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Alan Thornton in Berlin during the first meeting about PLANT

PLANT stands for Permaculture Learning Action Networking & Training. It wants to be the extension of the UK LAND project to the European Continent.
In April 2014, an application was submitted to the ERASMUS+ EU funding scheme in order to pursue this objective. Here you can find a summary of the PLANT application:

Permaculture is a globally used design approach that creates sustainable human habitats by following nature’s patterns. Vocational training is being delivered by several hundred permaculture training centres in the 5 partner countries: Britain, Denmark, Germany, France and the Czech Republic.

Objectives of this project:

  1. Develop a distributed campus network of accessible and high quality permaculture education centres across Britain, Denmark, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
  1. Increase the diversity and reach of permaculture education staff and their training provision in the 5 countries.
  2. Nurture staff from new and developing permaculture education centres through transnational exploration of European experience and best-practice.
  3. Transfer the best parts of permaculture education practice to the digital world, reaching a wider public, and with more diverse and engaging education formats.
  4. Develop formats that can be used by all permaculture education & demonstration sites across Europe, with a high quality standard and comparable criteria.
  5. Increased capability and capacity of the project partners to efficiently coordinate themselves with appropriately slim resources and bureaucracy.
  6. Permaculture teachers become more entrepreneurial; more competent with ICT; more confident in other European languages; more enthusiastic about European working; and ultimately more employable.

In line with the objectives of this project we will monitor:

  • Number of new permaculture education centres delivering quality assured training
  • Quality of training provision
  • Diversity of participating staff
  • Increase in reach of training provision
  • ICT competence
  • Confidence in other European languages
  • Enthusiastic for transnational European working
  • Partner capability and capacity
  • Quality and relevance of pedagogic resources
  • Viewings and use of guidebook, online map, videos and pedagogic resources.

Number & profile of participants

A national coordinator and staff mentee will take part in the annual face-to-face meeting.

Four places will be available for staff form each country in the two short courses, two multiplier events adjacent to the International Permaculture Convergence and European Permaculture Convergence.

The first year will be a preparation phase made of a project meeting, national launches, and orientation meetings for prospective project participant staff.

The implementation will be bookmarked by using the amazing opportunities of two already scheduled international conferences. Firstly a multiplier event adjacent to the International Permaculture Conference & Convergence in London in September 2015. And secondly the European Permaculture Convergence in summer of 2016. Both are excellent opportunities to engage the target groups.

To nurture staff from developing training centres we will run two 7-day courses in consecutive winters to develop their ability to provide high quality training and education.

The third year, and dissemination phase, will commence with a project meeting (M3) of coordinator from the partner organisations. The meeting will be an in-depth review of the learning from the partnership; further the hone dissemination approach; and ensure the project can sustain an ongoing legacy of improved learning. We will explore the synergies with Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE). National networking gatherings will be used to launch the intellectual outputs, evaluate the project to date and suggest further dissemination opportunities beyond the Erasmus+ funding of this project.

Expected Results & Impact

Staff will:

  • Have improved their professional competences and become more employable.
  • Be more entrepreneurial; competent with ICT; confident in other European languages; enthusiastic about European working.
  • Have gained new skills and confidence from co-producing videos and pedagogical resources.
  • Be more supported by the distributed campus network of accessible and high quality permaculture education centres.
  • Be part of a larger and more diverse peer-support network of permaculture education staff in their own country and the rest of Europe.

Project partners will:

  • Have increased capability, capacity and resilience from having more and better staff.
  • Have greater delivery capacity and quality.
  • Be more financially sustainable.
  • Be better networked at the European level.
  • Have a coherent permaculture pedagogy reaching a wider public from digital presentation and engagement.

About cat

Cathrine is dedicated to preserving life supporting systems in nature and in society. Her background in geography, extensive travels and working with an NGO and an embassy has given her experiences with especially poverty, gender, community development, ethnic minorities and the environment. She took an interest in permaculture first time in South Africa in 2000 while working with Zulu farmers and has studied and applied permaculture principles in her later work in Nepal and Vietnam. She has also worked as a consultant evaluating and documenting rural development projects including permaculture projects and Farmer Field Schools. In early 2010, the time was finally ripe for her to take the permaculture design course in New Zealand. She has since then attended a teacher training course, a natural building and organic gardening internship in Thailand. She is working on designing a permaculture garden and strawbale house in Denmark and started teaching introduction courses to permaculture and co-teaching PDCs.