March Newsletter 2017

PERMACULTURE ASSOCIATION CYPRUS

MARCH NEWSLETTER
February PermaBlitz Report

By Gabriel Pandelis,

Permaculture Teacher & Designer & Founder of “IEROKIPIO Permaculture Land & Training Center”

 

 

The sun was already high and gave the signal for what was to be a beautiful and creative day for all attendees of the February 2017 Permamblitz event, taking place at “IEROKIPIO Permaculture Land & Training Center. The participants gathered and after the customary presentations and welcoming from their hosts Gabriel & Christina and the Permablitz Organizing Committee (POC), the groups began to form, and began working on the planned activities like busy bees.  With enthusiasm and hunger for new knowledge and experiences, participants of each activity under the guidance and instruction of the experienced coordinators of the groups, began to perform and learn the procedures and steps needed to complet projects such as a Grey Water Biological Cleaning System , the construction of a Solar Dehydrator for fruits, vegetables and herbs, the construction of a Solar Air Heater for space heating using used beverage cans, the construction of a Traditional Retaining Wall using the dry stone method (xerolithia), the creation of an African “Keyhole” Garden with a “Composting Tower” by the children who were assisted by their parents and other adults, and the construction of tree basins using the “Boomerang Swales” method.  The hours passed quickly bringing the event to an end with great success, but what stayed with those who were there were the new acquaintances and friendships created, the knowledge and projects that were completed, and the common realization by all that permaculture is here to stay and that those of us on the forefront, who believe and honor the ethics of permacutlure, give loud and clear messages in every direction that, when people come together with love, respect and appreciation for themselves and mother earth, miracles can be an everyday thing!  Together we can! Keep smart & Keep Permaculture-rising!

 

ΕΚΘΕΣΗ ΠΕΡΜΑΜΠΛΙΤΖΦεβρουάριος 2017

Γαβριήλ Παντελής- Σχεδιαστής & Δάσκαλος Περμακουλτούρας & Ιδρυτής του Εκπαιδευτικού Κτήματος Περμακουλτούρας ΕΡΟΚΗΠΙΟ.

 

Ο ήλιος ήταν ήδη ψηλά και έδινε το σήμα για το τι έμελλε να είναι μια όμορφη και δημιουργική μέρα για όλους που παρευρίσκονταν στην εκδήλωση Περμαμπλίτζ του Φεβρουαρίου 2017, που λάμβανε χώρα στο εκπαιδευτικό κτήμα Περμακουλτούρας, “ΙΕΡΟΚΗΠΙΟ”. Οι συμμετέχοντες ήδη είχαν μαζευτεί και μετά τις καθιερωμένες παρουσιάσεις και καλωσορίσματα από τους Οικοδεσπότες Gabriel & Χριστίνα και την οργανωτική επιτροπή του POC, οι ομάδες αρχίσαν να σχηματίζονται και σαν πολύβοα μελίσσια να αρχίζουν δουλειά στις προγραμματισμένες δραστηριότητες.  Με ενθουσιασμό και διάθεση για νέες γνώσεις και εμπειρίες, οι συμμετέχοντες της κάθε δραστηριότητας και κάτω από τις οδηγίες και διδασκαλίες των έμπειρων συντονιστών των ομάδων, άρχισαν να εκτελούν και να μαθαίνουν τις διαδικασίες και βήματα που χρειάζονται για την δημιουργία έργων όπως το βιολογικό σύστημα καθαρισμού των γκρίζων νερών, την κατασκευή και χρήση ενός ηλιακού αποξηραντή για φρούτα, λαχανικά και βότανα, την κατασκευή από χρησιμοποιημένα κουτάκια αναψυκτικών ενός ηλιακού θερμοσίφωνου ζεστού αέρα για θέρμανση χώρου, την κατασκευή μιας παραδοσιακής δομής με την μέθοδο ξερολιθιάς, την δημιουργία επίσης από γυναίκες και παιδιά ενός Αφρικανικού Κήπου “Κλειδαρότρυπα”, όπως και την κατασκευή λεκανών για τα δέντρα με την μέθοδο “Μπούμεραγκ”.  Οι ώρες πέρασαν γρήγορα φέρνοντας την εκδήλωση στο τέρμα της με μεγάλη

επιτυχία, αυτά όμως που έμειναν ήταν οι καινούργιες γνωριμίες και φίλιες που δημιουργήθηκαν, οι γνώσεις και τα έργα που κτίστηκαν, και η κοινή συνειδητοποίηση από όλους, ότι η Περμακουλτούρα είναι εδώ για να μείνει, και ότι με μπροστάρηδες όλους εμάς που πιστεύουν και τιμούν τις αρχές της, δίνει δυνατά και ξεκάθαρα μηνύματα προς πάσα κατεύθυνση, ότι όταν οι ανθρώποι σμίγουν μαζί με αγάπη, σεβασμό και εκτίμηση για τους εαυτούς τους και την μητέρα γη, τότε τα θαύματα μπορούν να είναι καθημερινά!  Μαζί μπορούμε, συνεχίστε να Περμακουλτουρίαζετε!

 

Next Permablitz: 26th of March near Xilophagou

 

Our next permablitz will be at Filo Terra, the land of Phil and Jenny Ogden near Xilophagou.  Activities will include remodelling and sealing a natural pond, charcoal making demonstration, cobbing a clay oven, making paving slabs, relocating a pallet wood fence and chicken run, composting, constructing glass bottle steps and planting trees. Children will be catered for at this blitz.

 

For more details about the blitz please see the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/594057664131341/

 

 

Permies: Meet Phil Ogden, his wife, Jenny and their daughter, Sam.

 

Q:  What is your dream for your land/project/permacutlure in Cyprus?

A:  We live completely off grid and built our own log house which we ordered from Canada.  We’ve been here for 10 years but previously the land was used for potato cultivation and extensively sprayed.  Our future vision includes a forest garden, lots of trees for yield and shelter, growing enough food to be completely self sufficient, running courses on carpentry and permaculture related projects.

 

Q:  How has permaculture effected your life? 

A:  I feel permaculture has drastically effected my life for the better. Since I did my PDC I’ve become a lot more engaged with the land.  Before it was only Jenny that was interested in growing our food.  Now we work together to regenerate our deplete soil as well as increasing the areas we can manage for diversified food production. Our daughter, Sam, has also been a great asset getting involed in the blitzes and creating videos for the blitzes and also for the different things we are implementing around our homestead.

 

Q:  What makes you excited about permaculture in Cyprus?

A:  Permaculture has great potential to change a lot of bad habits such as the spraying of so many chemicals which we witness in our area. It is really exciting to see more and more people becoming aware that there is another way to grow your food and live your life.  Permaculture opens up another pathway to living that has so many benefits, not just physically in the land but also looking after people and sharing experiences and surplus.

 

Criteria:  Off grid homestead

Location:  80 meters above sea level, on the coast between Larnaca and Ayia Nappa

Soil:  Mostly red clay

Climate:  Semi arid

Growing and Producing:  Our hens produce two dozen eggs a day, Summer: sweet potato, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, melons, potatoes.  Winter: broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, mulberry bushes

Planning to grow: strawberries, lemons, pommelo, plums, peach, loquat, figs

Techniques being utilized: Two types of wicking beds, raised beds, chicken run, 6 stage composting system, small scale hugelkutur. Design for the land?  Yes, not a final design but we do have one in progress.

Products to sell: Eggs

Can people visit?   We plan to have open days once a month on a Sunday in future. Get in contact if you are interested in attending. Contact Details:  Facebook:  Phil Ogden,  email: philipogdencyprus@live.com

 

Kids Corner

 

Spring is the perfect time to plant seeds.  Kids always love anything to do with seeds and plants. Not only is it super fun to plant your own seeds and watch them grow, but it provides all kinds of learning opportunities. Besides learning about plants, children also gain knowledge in using various scientific skills like making observations and predictions. Planting seeds also teaches children about responsibility as they learn to care for their plants daily.

Materials for Starting Seeds Indoors

  • A container to plant your seeds (Be sure whatever you decide to use has holes for draining.)
  • Seed starting soil or potting soil
  • Seeds (Kids had fun helping to choose which seeds to plant. We recommend organic seeds of heirloom varieties)
  • Popsicle sticks or anything else you can use as a plant markers
  • Water

How to Start Seeds with Kids

 

  1. Place your soil into your containers. Moisten the soil before you plant your seeds. (If you water the soil after planting your seeds, the water can shift the seeds around.)
  2. Look at your seed packet for directions on how deep to plant your seeds.
  3. To keep track of which seeds are planted and when, write the names of the seeds and the date on you popsicle sticks and place them in the soil.
  4. Cover you tray loosely with plastic (our container came with a lid) to help keep the air humid.
  5. Watch and wait! Some of our seeds sprouted after almost two weeks, but others took even longer. It all depends on the seeds you’ve chosen. (If you want to plant seeds that will grow quickly, try bean seeds, pumpkin seeds or tomato seeds.)
  6. Once your seeds begin to sprout, remove the plastic cover and get them in some light. You will see the seed leaves develop first, but later your sprout will grow leaves that look different than the first. These are the plant’s true leaves.
  7. Be sure to water your sprouts as needed.
  8. Keep caring for your sprouts. You can keep track of how they’re progressing in the free printable journal page you can download from this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-cVjZBMBNNXWFNQMXhNV2RWY0U/view?usp=sharing