On Urban Permaculture
15th July at 6pm
The foundation of Permaculture is based on three ethical principles: caring for the planet (earth care), caring for others (people care), and sharing abundance (fair share). In this sense, permaculture projects differ from many other methods of food growing, as it is not just a set of practical techniques it is a way of thinking and adapting to a particular ecology.
In an urban setting, the challenges as well as benefits of small gardening spaces, their unique site requirements, the surrounding density of population and the creativeness in thinking these projects require bring Permaculture to the fore. An insight to this world, with its specific focus on the urban environment, is what I’d like to share with you!
Leonie Woidt-Wallisser has her background in Architecture, the Fine Arts (sculpture & art philosophy) and combines these daily with Permaculture. Since having left a large, selfsufficient garden in South Australia, she has lived amongst the urban populations of Australia, the U.S., the Netherlands and Germany.
WoidtWallisser theoretical research in Restoration Ecology in the Cultural Sector, undertaken as part of degree studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, triggered her to start up practical, team based ecological initiatives and to surround herself with inspirational ‘green thinkers’. A direct spinoff was the founding of the urban growers collaborative, Cityplot. Working from Berlin, Leonie Woidt-Wallisser plans sustainable, ecological design systems in conjunction with landscape and architecture, has a workshop programme running at Agora, and joins the team regularly in Amsterdam to give instruction in an extensive range of urban growing related workshops in the Dutch capital.