Permaculture at UFSC after 5 yearsPublicado em 31/01/2017 às 15:24
In 2012, twenty two permaculturists from six Brazilan biomes had a meeting at Florianópolis, reviewed the 80′s Bill Mollison PDC Syllabus. The purpose of it meeting was create a updated Permaculture Design Course curriculum to share with people, ways to live in harmony with nature, using the permaculture philosophy.
This meeting creates an updated program based in how energies flows in the landscape, that inspires the creation of “introduction to permaculture” discipline at UFSC Geography undergraduate program. This discipline was the start point of permaculture activities at UFSC and it be offered for the first time in 2012 and come to it 10th edition in 2016.
Since it second edition, the discipline demand to attend overpass the vacancies capacity. It had created a surprise between professors evolved in it development. Students from different UFSC programs began how to participate to insert the PDC formation as an additional activity in their professional curriculum. Based in this scenery, since fourth edition (2013/2) the procedure to receive students from other programs and external people was adopted. This action generated an increase of people interested into participate, more clearly in 2014/1 ascension curve (Plot 1).
An important behaviour to cite is the amount of over 75% (Plot 1) of students certified each semester, showing the interest of students for the theme.
Furthermore, the group of professors evolved in this discipline aim to develop research and extension activities at UFSC. Thus, this group had create the Permaculture Study Group (NEPerma). that start its activities in August of 2013 together of Environmental Analysis Laboratory.
In 2013, NEPerma starts the The UFSC woodland environmental restoration project , planned by sectors end energetic zones, using techniques of cultivated ecology in the process. This project follows nowadays and have offered to the academic community, as well as to the neighbourhood, the opportunity to comprehends better how to interact right with nature.
In the same year, NEPerma starts too the Permaculture at School project [in Portuguese], which purpose to lead environmental education to primary schools of Florianópolis by permaculture point of view.
In 2014, NEPerma start to develop Permanent Land project [in Portuguese], which objective to share permaculture knowledges with rural extensionists and small farmers around Florianópolis region. The project was concluded in 2016 and have certified 34 permaculturists by presential and virtual teaching.
PermaChico was a project developed in association with young seminarians and monges of Paraná State (southern Brazil). This initiative become strong the relationship between both to environmental questions.
Furthermore, the NEPerma’s permaculturists team made a lot of audio-visual materials to teach at distance the Permanent Land PDC. This material can be accessed for free.
As complementary activities, two documentaries were subtitled to Brazilian Portuguese, Seeds of permaculture and The voice of the wind. These actions aims facilitate the understand about permaculture and sustainability to Brazilian people.
At the same time, NEPerma was concluded three Geography Program Conclusion Monograph and follow developing a doctoral thesis, what objectives a better comprehension how permaculture can stimulate permaculturists to live in countryside way, changing cities by rural areas.
Nowadays, the NEPerma’s professors are working to create a Permaculture Program at UFSC, discussing about time duration, disciplines and entire of activities important to educate permaculture.
This program aims to form citizens capable to act into natural resources management, generalists in their academic education, with technical-scientific knowledge and social views to absorb and develop new technologies and methods according to human specie permanence on Earth.
We are only starting activities. The next 5 years are welcome!
Do you want to know more? Access permacultura.ufsc.br
Students from 10 different undergraduate programs will experience permaculture in this semesterPublicado em 30/08/2016 às 18:04
The 10ª edition of Introduction to permaculture was searched for 90 people from 23 UFSC undergraduate programs and external. This people have tried to occupy one of 20 vacancies.
After to prioritise Geography and Biology students, the remaining vacancies was filled by the substitutive students list.
An eclectic composition it is always need for different ways to thinking occurs. This procedure enrich the learning process and the interchange of a diversity knowledges is essential for permaculturists certification. This is the compromise of 11 permaculture instructors up to the end of semester.
Seven UFSC external people hasn’t obtain a vacancy, because Introduction to Permaculture is a discipline and not a extension project.
The 9ª class of certified permaculturists is herePublicado em 11/07/2016 às 23:16
The 9ª edition of Introduction to permaculture discipline have certified more 20 permaculturists. NEPerma has formed a total of 173 permaculturists since 2012. This class, as well as previous editions, was composed by a diversity of students from different graduate programs, among them, biology, design agronomy, geography, medicine and others. Thus, NEPerma confirms its compromise to put into practice the multidisciplinary faces of permaculture at UFSC.
The final permaculture plan developed by these class students consisted in a familiar small farm in São Pedro de Alcântara, a small city distant 32km from Florianópolis. The classmates were divided into three groups and brought a lot of new ideas.
The introduction to permaculture discipline is offered semiannually by Permaculture Research Group (NEPerma).
The voice of the windPublicado em 20/06/2016 às 16:23
NEPerma release the Brazilian portuguese subtitled version for La voz del viento documentary. After some months, the work coordinated by Morgana Mayer with support of Jorge Timmermann, Arthur Nanni, Marcelo Venturi, Rodrigo Arruda, Leticia dos Santos in the translation and subtitles synchronisation. The task had a layout adaptation made by Elisa Alcocer.
Jean-Luc Danneyrolles, farmer Provence and Carlos Pons, Spanish director, organized a trip to Grenada City to meet the emerging spanish social movement, alternating between agroecology and paradigm shift. They depart during February 2012 Siberian wave, with farmers’ seeds as only medium of exchange and wealth.
UFSC woodland recovery projectPublicado em 20/05/2016 às 15:53
The UFSC woodland has around 5ha and is one of the main green areas in Trindade campus. This place has relevant importance to life quality in the university whole socialising space. Its plant cover comprehends some degraded areas and forests in different successional stages. There are three streams conforming buffers of permanent protection along it.
The environmental regeneration project began at 2014 as a initiative of Philosophy and Humanity Sciences Centre (CFH) thought it Revitalisation Commission in association with Permaculture Study Group and UFSC Environmental Management. The major aim is to ally land degradation to food production though agroecosystems designed according to permaculture way.
The permaculture design was a fundamental stage, because could define energetic zones establishing different uses areas and plants to be inserted in the landscape. The zones definition take in consideration the pre-existent elements (tress, buildings, consolidated and circulation areas) and distances from project focus (zone 0).
Zone 0 – Project focus
Located in the higher terrain in woodland. In this zone the project aim to construct a bioconstruction structure to welcome visitors, teaching actions, socialising,meetings and administrative activities.
Zone 1 – Food garden, didactic circuit, composting and earthworm
Near to zone 0, this zone will be composed by a food garden designed by agroecology process, a didactic circuit with trail for environmental education and one earthworm space.
Zone 2 – Orchards
This zone will be composed by permaculture orchards with ecological interest fruit trees over current eucalyptus trees.
Zone 3 – Agroforestry
The multifunctional agroforestry will be the principal agroecological arrangement to restoration of riparian forest and permanent protection strip.
Zone 5 – socialising, inspiration and natural regeneration area
The areas chosen to be represent zone 5 are those already have consolidated and climax stage trees.
Nowadays, the project is active and it is performed by collective actions where the permaculture knowledges are shared.
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