Netherlands

  • Country: The Netherlands
  • Organisation Name: Aardwerk (Key contact: Leo Bakx)
  • Created/ Founded in: 2009
  • Aim: Permaculture is for everyone
  • Objectives: Get professionals as well as general public to embrace and apply permaculture in their daily life
  • Activities: Permaculture Education & Design, Estate Management
  • Members (No. etc.):1-20+ (Leo Bakx with group of volunteers and independent collaborators)
  • Target Group: professionals, youth, adults, seniors

Participants (EPT Meeting Germany)

  • Belinda van der Pool – Green Happiness Academy (2012)
  • Irma Abelskamp – Leerschool Permacultuur Friesland (2009)
  • Monique Wijn – De Godin, eetbaar landschap (2002)
  • Fiona Morris – TTVallei (2010)/ Atelier Rabbit (2012)
  • Leo de Groot – Transition Town Parksjtad (2009)

Needs

  • National co-operation(an umbrella platform/network/organisation) to enable social gathering, training of trainers/advanced learning, financial strategies, access to land/ affect land laws.
  • Communication tools (nationally)
    • Newsletter
    • Common website
    • Gatherings
    • Umbrella organisation
    • Common protocol for communication
  • Conflict resolution tools (& finding connections) national level
  • Local group empowerment
  • Communication of diversity
  • Standardisation of certificates
  • Research (effects and results)
  • Collective and clear aims & objectives
  • Educational material in Dutch and for Dutch circumstances
  • International exchange – clarifying and collecting:
    • What’s happening
    • Who is who
    • What is where

Contributions (inc. strengths)

  • (official) Leading publishing of results (website/iBooks/PDFs)
  • (official) Collaborate/lead with Bulgaria to create educational permaculture game (working title: GreenDragons)
  • Diversity of pioneers and organisation (by region and topic)
  • Interactive digital plant database – translated and derived from PFAF database
  • Big, specialised network active on Google Groups and Facebook
  • Many PDCs (± 12 per year) and courses
  • Strong cooperation with Transition Towns movement
  • Many applied projects
  • Contact with universities/ schools/ agricultural colleges and universities
  • Translation NL-EN, EN-NL

Organisation Contacts

Contact Person Website/s Email/s
Leo Bakx aardwerk.org; atelier.aardwerk.org leo@aardwerk.org

Work team

Leo de Groot www.parksjtad.transitiontowns.nl info@parksjtad.transitiontowns.nl
Belinda vd Pool groengeluk.blogspot.com groengeluk@yahoo.com
Irma Abelskamp www.leerschoolpermacultuur.nl info@leerschoolpermacultuur.nl
Monique Wijn www.degodin.nl info@degodin.nl
Fiona Morris ttpermatuin.wordpress.com ttpermatuin@gmail.com
Fransje de Waard  nl.linkedin.com/in/fransjedewaard fdewaard@me.com

Silent partners

Martin de Wolff Fontys Lerarenopleiding Tilburg m.dewolf@fontys.nl
René Paré MAD emergent art center mad@dse.nl

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