Permaculture Propagation...a going with the flow experience - October Green Drinks 2010




Sunday 17th October 2010 saw a buzzing alternative educational and social event hosted by Green Drinks Malta on behalf of the Permaculture Research Group at the Youth Alive Foundation Centre in Marsascala. This informal gathering was the closing dissemination event of a voluntary year-long project completed by these young environmental activists, who obtained funding through the Youth in Action Programme. The theme of the project was fresh water as a valuable and scarce resource in the Maltese islands, and enabled the youths to learn about harvesting rainwater as a means to sustainable living, by creating and installing a flow-form structure within a permaculture farm. One of the objectives of the Youth in Action Programme is to promote active citizenship, and the youths in the group agreed that this project was an opportunity to improve their local natural environment and reconnect with nature.

The Green Drinks gathering was open to members of the public to introduce them to the concept of permaculture - described as "a practical method for developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere" - which is now taking off in the Maltese islands, due to its huge potential for achieving environmental sustainability.

Memberships to the Permaculture Research Foundation (Malta) are now open. Not only will you be helping out the organisation to continue promoting permaculture in Malta, but you will also getting a number of discounts and opportunities in return! Do not hesitate to contact members.permaculturemalta@gmail.com.

For photos of the occasion please click here. Many thanks to John Portelli & Caroline Borg!
***********************************************************************************Green Drinks Malta has been supporting the Permaculture in Malta initiative since 2007 and we are happy once again, to be associated with the theme, its Maltese pioneer & his crew, and chosen to organise a dissemination activity.
Sunday 17th October we will be holding a tea-time & afters event called

Permaculture Propagation – A going with the flow experience

between 4pm and 8pm

at the wonderful oasis Dar Frate Jacoba, Triq Wied iż-Żiju, M’Scala

This event should not be missed by those who are still wondering what the hell is Permaculture?, like the idea and want to implement it, enjoy green gatherings, are looking for an alternative afternoon out or just want to be invited to a unique spot in the South of Malta. Whatever your reason, you will have to apply by sending an email to Natalie: info@greendrinksmalta.org. The maximum number of people for this event is 40.

The event is free (well partly funded by EUPU this time round) but a donation to Dar Frate Jacoba once you’re there will be appreciated by the wonderful and hard working team who run the place.

What to expect: Fair-trade beverages to welcome you, a short intro about Permaculture & the completed training programme and an interactive info fair. All this will be topped off with wholesome hors d'oeuvres & wine in the company of lovely people.

Booking is open.


... by the way, Green Drinks Malta together with the Permaculture Research Foundation & Bahrija Oasis, is commemorating the World Day for the Eradication of Poverty and reiterates that Permaculture is a meaningful process to eradicate poverty. Peppi Gauci had the following to say “Permaculture is actual practical work which involves action to eradicate poverty on many levels, financial, environmental, ecological, physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological”. This is how Peppi explains it:

An insight about Permaculture and its link to Eradication of Poverty

In our modern world, globalization has become a factor of major influence in the way we live. Technology has changed the way humans interact with each other and the planet drastically over these last fifty years. In the western world, civilization has engaged in systems which by now are completely dependent on globalization. What does this mean? This means that virtually everything, from the food we eat to the fuel we use to get from one place to the other, from the tools we use, to the fabrics of our shelters, is dependent on globalisation.

Although, many comforts are owed to this factor in the west, much of the real price of this system is being paid in other parts of the planet to the detriment of other people and the planet itself. Globalisation is dependant on a capitalist system which means that in order for it to function, consumption of energy and materials need to be maintained.

However, not only there is not enough energy and resources to supply the entire world's population with the trend we are used in the west, but since the consumption rates are greater than the natural supply ability our system is generating the phenomenon of poverty. Poverty in the west is linked to the absence of material acquisitions for example money and property. However, poverty goes much further. The inability for us to respect our environment, observe the natural patterns and maintain enhanced growth of our natural resources is a type of poverty which is presently being cushioned by globalization. Poverty in our society is everywhere. We have become nations which are suffering from poverty, be it physical, spiritual, environmental, psychological, communal or cultural. Yet, we fail to see this as the messages in our media and modern life projects otherwise.

However, it is only a matter of time, until we will be forced to see that what we are being led to believe is only an illusion created by a system which is running out of time. It is only a matter of time.

Permaculture and permaculturists around the world are working along the realisation that our planet needs our attention in order to sustain a balanced humanity. The main ethoses are Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Once these are cultivated, than we are able to once again be in the abundant state of the planet's capability. Permaculture focuses on symbiotic relationships which foster stronger and resilient communities both in the human aspect and the natural world. Hence, Permaculture is gaining the attention of millions of people who have understood its validity for the survival of the human kind within healthy ecosystems and have joined their potential to cultivate themselves as part of the solution to present problems. To conclude on this I would like to phrase Bill Mollison (one of the founders of Permaculture 1976) and say ''The problem is the solution” and “Everything gardens''.