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List of permaculture projects

A permaculture project is a deployment of permaculture practices on an ongoing basis.

The Biofarming approach applied in Ethiopia has very similar features and can be considered permaculture. It is mainly promoted by the non-governmental organisation BEA, based in Addis Ababa.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has produced a report on using permaculture in refugee situations after successful use in camps in Southern Africa and Republic of Macedonia.

There are 60 schools designed using permaculture, with a national team working within the schools' curriculum development unit.

The development of permaculture co-founder David Holmgren's home plot at Melliodora, Central Victoria, has been well documented. Geoff Lawton's Zaytuna Farm next to The Channon in northern NSW, Australia, is a 66-acre medium-farm scale example of permaculture implementation. It is the home base for the Permaculture Research Institute. Begun in 2001, the site is off-grid, and has multiple food forest systems, animal systems, kitchen garden and main crop areas, a large network of water-harvesting earthworks for passive hydration of the site, composting toilets, rocket stove powered showers, straw bale natural buildings, etc.

City Farm Perth is an example of community permaculture in an inner suburb of Perth, Western Australia. The farm was constructed on a brownfield site in 1994, and is a focal point for permaculture education, as well as community music and art.

Permaculture Institute Asia (PIA) lists most all major permaculture projects and sites in the Asia region. Including Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Palestine, Japan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Malaysia, Micronesia, Nepal, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bhutan. Many of these sites show examples of Permaculture structures as food forests, integrated animal systems, kitchen gardens, bio intensive and other high yield food gardens, organic main crop areas, large networks of water-harvesting, earthworks designed for drought proofing and passive hydration of the land, many have composting toilets, rocket stoves, compost and/or solar hot water systems, and natural buildings made from local materials such as bamboo, adobe brick, rammed earth, wattle and daub, compressed earth block, super adobe, cord wood, straw bale, Earthship reclaimed materials, Hybrid structures many with Earthen floors, Green roofs and Natural Plasters and finishes.

  • Gradina din Gura Siriului is an urban Permaculture initiative located in the periphery of Bucharest. The project combines permaculture with arts and community events also provides free camping space for travelers all over the world.
  • Agroforestry Research Trust, managed by Martin Crawford, is a not-for-profit organisation based in Dartington, Devon that runs a 2-acre (8,100 m2) forest garden and publishes the journal Agroforestry News
  • Chickenshack Housing co-op, a fully mutual housing co-op established in 1995 using permaculture design principles. Based in rural North Wales, the community has 4 dwellings and 6 residents on a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site. Features include a biomass and solar district heating scheme, a half-acre forest garden and various wildlife conservation and habitat creation strategies. The community is very active in regional sustainability projects such as the Machynlleth Transition Towns initiative. It runs occasional courses in permaculture design and regularly receives visits from interested parties.
  • Middlewood Trust, a permaculture-based farm in North Lancashire running courses in permaculture, crafts, forestry and sustainability
  • Plan-It Earth Eco Project offers a variety of environmental education programs, courses and events, and eco-holidays at a traditional smallholding near Penzance, Cornwall
  • Plants for a Future, a vegan-organic project based at Lostwithiel in Cornwall that is researching and trialing edible and otherwise useful plant crops for sustainable cultivation. Their online database features over 7,000 such species that can be grown within the UK. A collaborative version of the database is in development by the project.
  • Prickly Nut Woods, a 10-acre (40,000 m2) woodland near Haslemere, Surrey that is managed by Ben Law. He uses a 'whole system' permacultural approach, using a wide variety of woodland products and documenting a complex web of relationships. He built a house almost entirely using products from the woodland, which was featured in Channel 4's Grand Designs TV series.
  • Ragmans Lane, a 60-acre (24 ha) farm in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
  • The RISC Roof Garden, on top of a development education centre in Reading city centre and inspired by Robert Hart's permaculture forest garden in Shropshire, is an excellent example of urban permaculture design. It is used by schools, educators and designers as an educational resource for sustainable development and is a member of the National Gardens Scheme. The garden is composed of dense plantings of over 180 species of edible and medicinal plants and is fed by rainwater and composted waste from the centre.
  • Tir Penrhos Isaf, near Dolgellau, developed by Chris and Lyn Dixon since 1986.
  • The Sussex Roots Society, a community permaculture garden initiated by Mischa Nowicki and Integralpermanence at Sussex University, collaborating with the student union as part of the countries first "Eco- University" initiative.
  • Eastside Roots- is a (not for profit, worker co-op) community garden centre and hub which evolved from Bristol Permaculture Group. 'Waste' ground owned by First Great Western has been leased and is a garden centre with ongoing education, social projects and outreach into the wider community. The project promotes sustainability and permaculture.
  • Prospect Rock Permaculture is one of the region's longest established permaculture education and demonstration sites, and Vermont's oldest permaculture design firm. They grow a diversity of nuts, fruit trees, vines, berries, vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs and teas, produce eggs and honey, and host a variety of workshops, permaculture courses, advanced permaculture design internships, and other educational programs.
  • The Northeastern Permaculture Network brings together enthusiasts in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. The Northeastern Permaculture Convergence has been held every summer in a different location in the northeast. There is also the 501(c)3 P.I.N.E (Permaculture Institute of the Northeast).
  • People's Garden Pittsburgh is building a one-acre food forest on an abandoned landslide in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, which is considered a food desert.
  • Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education offers a Permaculture Design Certification Course twice a year in Western MA, either as a twelve-day summer intensive course, or as a weekend series in the spring/ fall. The course includes visits to numerous permaculture demonstration sites in the region, and guides students through the ecological design process.
  • UMass Permaculture <ref="UMass">"UMass Permaculture | UMass Dining". 2013. </ref> is a university permaculture initiative that transforms marginalized landscapes on the campus into diverse, educational, low-maintenance and edible gardens, according to UMass officials. During November, 2010, "about a quarter of a million pounds of organic matter was moved by hand", using all student and community volunteer labor and no fossil fuels on-site. The process took about two weeks to complete. Now, the Franklin Permaculture Garden includes a diverse mixture of "vegetables, fruit trees, berry bushes, culinary herbs and... flowers that attract beneficial insects."
  • Burlington Permaculture is an ad-hoc community group based out of Burlington Vermont. BTP unites neighbors to promote urban agriculture and reforestation, enhance neighborhoods, and strengthen the web of community resources as we look beyond sustainability towards a vibrant healthy relationship with our landscape. The group was founded by Michael Blazewicz of Round River Design, Mark Krawczyk of Rivenwood Crafts, and Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture.
  • Green Phoenix Permaculture, offers design courses and workshops, demonstrating forest gardens, natural building, permaculture designs, and a community of many permaculture designers & teachers including AppleSeed Permaculture and Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education.
  • The websites FLXpermaculture.Net and the Upstate NY Permaculture Network are email lists and web sites for permaculture practitioners in New York state.
  • The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute offers an annual Permaculture Design Certification course, apprenticeships, and workshops that are often held at area sites designed using permaculture principles. The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute was founded by Michael Burns, Steve Gabriel, and Karryn Olson Ramanujan in 2005.
  • Shades of Green Permaculture Design, Inc., Atlanta, GA designs and builds ecological landscapes that provide organic food, medicine, beauty, fertile soils, and clean water, while building resilient communities and local economy. In addition to leading a 6-month Permaculture Design Certification course annually, this design firm serves clients ranging in scale from project management of new development, to institution-level research farms, from broad-acre restoration and conservation, to small-scale residential homesteads. In addition to their extensive client sites, they have demonstration gardens based in Pine Lake, GA.
  • The Farm Ecovillage Training Center, Summertown, Tn provides examples drawn from 4 decades of ecovillage living, including cob, earthbag, round-pole and strawbale buildings, constructed wastewater wetlands, fish, ducks and chickens, organic and biodynamic gardens, orchards, shiitake production, biofuel production, solar photovoltaics, herbal tinctures and plant medicines, humanure and other composting practices, and community conviviality processes.
  • Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens, Summertown, Tn
  • Cedar House Inn Bed and Breakfast/Permaculture Lifestyles Permaculture Demonstration Project, Dahlonega, Georgia{ Permaculture Lifestyles}, Tours given to guests of inn and clients.
  • The Edible Plant Project implements and promotes elements of permaculture through a nonprofit nursery and workshops in Gainesville, FL (home of University of Florida).
  • Georgia Permaculture Institute, Central Georgia
  • Knoxville Permaculture Guild, Knoxville, TN.
  • Northern Virginia Permaculture Guild
  • Sweet Aspect Permaculture, the steward of one acre of land outside of Asheville, NC, is experimenting with permaculture principles, design, and implementation. Sweet Aspect focuses on small animal management, including lambs and chickens, gardens, orchards, edible forest management, shitake production, rainwater catchment, greywater systems, natural and green building, fermentation, herbal tinctures and plant medicines, humanure and other composting practices, and alternative fuel and energy harvesting.
  • The Urban Permaculture Institute of the Southeast in Walterboro, South Carolina practices permaculture on a 1/2 acre lot in the middle of the city with chickens, fish, bees, food forestry, vermiculture, insect production, greywater systems, passive solar, mushroom production, rainwater catchment, floating hydroponics and partial hydroponic systems.
  • Spring Village / New Community Project in Harrisonburg, VA practices and teaches permacture at a small urban site.
  • Permaculture Research Institute for Cold Climate.
  • The Round Mountain Institute in the Gunnison valley of Colorado is a nonprofit that is dedicated to sustainable agriculture high in the rocky mountains near the continental divide.
  • Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute.
  • The Urban-Suburban Sustainability Initiative based in Belleville, Illinois is a local grassroots organization in the process of starting up. Its focus will be on permaculture, bioremedification, environmental education and Local Exchange Trading Systems.
  • Bloomington Permaculture Guild, Bloomington, Indiana
  • High Altitude Permaculture Institute is based in Ward, Colorado, which is west of Boulder.
  • Midwest Permaculture delivers up to a dozen PDC Courses per year (in the Midwest and elsewhere) along with many other kinds of permaculture trainings.
  • The Center for Sustainable Community asked Midwest Permaculture to do a permaculture design for the 8.7 acres of land that immediately adjoins the local community in Stelle, Illinois.
  • Bur Oak Farm in SE Wisconsin, approximately 40 miles north of Milwaukee
  • Urban Permaculture Design a city lot with over a hundred perennial edible varieties. Permaculture land acquisition discussion. Urban Classes.
  • Sunrise Ranch Intentional Community near Loveland, Colorado. Farm to table internship programs, permaculture design course, farm/garden internships.


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