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Adventures in Czech permaculture

Submitted by tomas on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 12:01
Ziju Permakulturu: That’s “I live permaculture” in Czech – one of the few phrases I learned on my recent trip to Prague. For a weekend in early November I was part of the Czech Permaculture conference, where I gave a presentation about – you guessed it – forest gardens. Most of the conference was held in Czech, of which I speak very little. The enthusiasm, creativity and determination of Czech permaculturists clearly came across to me regardless, and I had many breaktime conversations with people fired up about improving their land and their communities. The conference was held at Tolcuv Dvor environment centre at the edge of the Czech capital, perched in a river valley between two high-rise housing estates. This was also the perfect setting for the advanced permaculture course “Changing urban landscapes with forest gardening”. This translated nto 4 days of learning, planning, sharing challenges and successes. We heard about a new market garden at the edge of Prague, a flood mitigation scheme in Northern Czechia and urban community garden in the suburbs of Bratislava. In case you are wondering, the Czech term for forest garden is jedli les, liiterally "edible forest". In between the conference and the course I managed to fit in a visit to a community garden working with ex-offenders, and a lecture at the agricultural university where a small team of volunteers is also installing areas edible landscaping. I also took a bike ride down the local watercourse, was a great way to get
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