This article was first published in the Permaculture Magazine.
The second Permaculture Magazine Prize is now open with £25,000 to be awarded to projects showing best practice permaculture in ecological, social and cultural design. This groundbreaking prize aims to highlight the worldwide successes of the growing permaculture movement.
We’re excited to announce the launch of the second Permaculture Magazine Prize.
The Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019 is launched with a fund of £25,000 donated by several generous benefactors. Its aim is to directly help transform communities and regenerate habitats and it will be judged by a prestigious panel of international judges.
The prize will consist of one main award of £10,000 and four runners up of £2,500 and is open to any permaculture project even those who applied last year. (Application form here: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/content/permaculture-magazine-prize-2019-application)
The £5,000 ($6,630 (USD)) Youth in Permaculture Prize is also in its second year, launched in collaboration with Abundant Earth Foundation with £3,000 available for the main award and two runners up of £1,000. This prize is open to anyone aged under 25 years of age.
(Info here: https://abundantearthfoundation.org/yipp/)
The winners of both prizes will be announced in the pages of PM102, published 31st October 2019 and articles on the projects will be featured in following issues.
The launch of the Permaculture Magazine Prize in 2018* saw 152 applications from around the world. The winner, Ghana Permaculture Institute, received the £10,000 award for its extraordinary work with its farming community and beyond. GPI have to date trained 8,000 farmers in a range of skills including beekeeping, how to set up indigenous tree nurseries and food forests. They have established a micro-credit system for the community and go into schools to teach children how to grow food and farm mushrooms for added income. They teach permaculture design and especially train women in backyard farming.
“For us, this is not only an opportunity, but also a challenge to expand our network growth and to implement more sustainable projects that focus on empowering local communities through permaculture,” says Paul Yeboah from GPI.
Millicent Anyango, 24, won the Youth In Permaculture Prize 2018 due to her leadership, selfless dedication, and innovative use of permaculture. The award will be used to buy teaching materials and cooking equipment for the orphanage and street feeding programs. She will also employ more help for the gardens, Tabasamu children’s home, and the feeding programs. Millicent looks to continue her education in order to help teach more people ways to better their life through permaculture and food security.
This prize is for individuals, communities, businesses, groups and organisations that can demonstrate inspirational work over more than three years.
• We encourage entries from anywhere in the world.
• The closing date for entries is 22nd April 2019, 23:59 GMT. Your entry must have been received by this date!
• Organisations may only submit one application.
• Prizes are for ongoing work (not as a reward for past work).
• If offered a prize, recipients must:
*Prepare information on the winning project for the awards announcement
*Fill in an evaluation form 10 months from the award being given
*Support the PR and outreach activity for the prize.
Permaculture Magazine is looking for permaculture projects that are:
* Regenerating damaged land
* Enhancing habitat and biodiversity
* Helping people to gain practical and community skills
* Adding value to produce and developing local economies
* Building community, creating social glue and greater economic resilience
* Modelling new ways of cooperating and new cultural paradigms
Permaculture Magazine wants to specifically award money to permaculture projects that reach ordinary people and demonstrate best practice permaculture both in terms of ecological and socially / culturally innovative design. Any project can apply if it has been functioning for at least three years and has established its place within its community.
Please tell permaculture projects around the world about the prize. Permaculture Magazine wants to hear from you, highlight your achievements to the world and help you in your next steps!
How to Apply
Online applications are now open and it’s free to enter. See: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/content/permaculture-magazine-prize-2019-application
For more on the Youth in Permaculture Prize visit: https://abundantearthfoundation.org/yipp/
* For more on the 2018 prize winners visit www.permaculture.co.uk/news/25000-permaculture-magazine-prize-announces-winners
About the judges
John D. Liu is a renowned filmmaker. He made the documentaries Green Gold, Prix Italia award winner, and Hope in a Changing Climate, named the best ecological film at the International Wildlife Film Festival. He recently founded the Ecosystem restoration Foundation.
Looby Macnamara is a permaculture teacher and author. Her first book, People and Permaculture, was the first to look at the people care ethic within permaculture. She has recently set up a permaculture learning and demonstration centre in Herefordshire with her partner, Chris Evans. She teaches groups around the world and is currently collaborating with visionaries to share the Cultural Emergence toolkit.
Kayode Olafimihan is the chair of the London Permaculture Network. He organises the annual London Permaculture Festival, founded Permablitz London and has established a permaculture LAND project at Cecil Sharp House, headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London.
Simon Constantine started his career in perfumery at Lush, a natural progression for a man who was literally brought up on fragrance and beauty products as the son of two of Lush’s co-founders, Mark and Mo Constantine. He is responsible for buying and sourcing the high quality ingredients and raw materials used across all of Lush’s product ranges. He travels the world setting up co-operatives with local people, ensuring consistent quality, quantity and fairtrade. He is a global champion of permaculture.
Anthony Rodale, a photographer, advocate for sustainability, and endurance athlete, has spent years travelling the world visiting sustainable, and organic farms, learning about their successful practices in soil regeneration, crop production, plant diversity, carbon sequestration, economic viability, food security and community health. This Spring, Anthony will be taking on a new leadership role as Board Chair for the Sustainable Food Trust. He has been President of the Sustainable Food Alliance since 2011. Before that served on other Boards such as the Rainforest Alliance, Friends of the Soil Association, and Board Chair of the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania. In 1996 completed the Permaculture design course with Bill Mollison.
Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds an MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and a Diploma in Permaculture Design. Penny has been studying the Hermetic Tradition of alchemy and herbal medicine making in Europe and the United States for 4 years, and has been apprenticing in Germany and Italy at the Arven School for Medicinal Plants, Aromatherapy and Wilderness Wisdom. She is also on the Advisory Board for Abundant Earth Foundation, the sponsors of the Youth in Permaculture Prize.
With her husband James Stark, and in collaboration with Commonweal — a cancer health research and retreat center — Penny co-manages Commonweal Garden, a 17-acre organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California and is also a founding member of the Natural Building Colloquium.
Internal judges: Maddy & Tim Harland, founders of Permaculture magazine and Permanent Publications.
Youth in Permaculture Prize
Youth are truly the future of our planet. In order to recognise and honour their talent and intelligence, this world-wide prize will spotlight young leaders who are dedicating their time to make the world a better place and create a future that provides for all.
With so much at stake regarding climate change, economic disparity, and loss of species, today’s youth are motivated to do what they can to change the destructive path the world is on. Moreover, adults have much to learn from them and many ways to support their efforts. This prize is designed to share stories, solutions, and methods we can all participate in, steering a new course for the future, while allowing the youth to lead the way.
Projects which have a potential to “go viral,” with a multiplying effect, that can easily be replicated by others are of special interest. Real-world application of Permaculture Ethics and Principles will be considered in the evaluation of the applicants. Care for the Planet, People, and the Future are the Ethics and foundation of permaculture. More information about permaculture can be found at www.PermaculturePrinciples.com.
An international panel of young judges will choose projects based on the impact they will have on the environment, providing food, offering solutions to economic or social problems, or other means of creating a better future.