Tepla Gora Eco Market

Tepla Gora Eco Market

A community-driven marketplace that connects small organic and handcraft producers from Carpathians, wider Ukraine (and soon beyond) with international buyers.

The idea comes from Tepla Gora Eco Centre, based in Carpathian mountains, Ukraine. We are a natural retreat, ecovillage, volunteering and permaculture centre. Our website is teplagora.org.

The online marketplace for local organic products has been part of Tepla Gora’s vision from early on. But it was due to the war that some internally displaced people (IDP) that stayed at the eco centre have joined the team and together we started looking at ways to build more resilience in these uncertain times. The eco marketplace seemed like a great opportunity to do that in a way that would be a win-win-win: by diversifying our organisation, supporting IDP team members and scaling our impact by supporting local ecopreneurs and the broader community in Ukraine and soon abroad.

Team

Andriy Grushetsky, Iryna Kotsar

Reporting Officer: Andriy Grushetsky

Area

Prototyping, Emergent festival, Next Steps project, Diversity, participation and engagement

Objectives

To support the project manager financially for one month.
To buy example products for trial and/or order professional photography services.

OUTCOMEs

Project Update October 2023

A market stall at Tepla Gora cafe has been set-up and we have been selling local hand-made products to the eco centre visitors. There have been circa 40 sales with a 6 euros average purchase for total of 300 euros.

We have researched and put in place systems for card payments processing (both for offline and online), cash register, accounting and stock management.

Branded packaging and stickers were designed and produced for Tepla Gora branded products.

We promoted the ecomarket during our events and through social media.

The online store language has been changed to Ukrainian to accommodate the interest from our community in Ukraine and to get some online traction quicker.

We have also polished the store design, navigation, texts and have been adding the products descriptions and photos. We added the payment method and integrated delivery service provider functionality.

We are planning to promote the online store in Ukraine first (Q1, Q2 of 2024), and then to add the English version and promote it abroad (Q3, Q4 2024). At the same time we will continue engaging with small craft producers and permaculture farms to add their products to the marketplace and expand the products range.

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Domestic Waste Water Systems – Legislation?

Domestic Waste Water Systems - Legislation?

On the list of climate actions any home with a garden can “easily” engage in, we’d like to see the topic of Domestic Waste Watershow to avoid them and how to reuse them in our immediate landscapes; for food resilience, for wildfire prevention, for shelterbelts for biodiversity and so on.

The NBS of reedbeds or other phytopurifying installations are well known solutions already for working with grey waters. WET-lands or leeching fields can also take higher levels of “contamination”. Vermicomposting toilets work, and in combination with a secondary and terciary purifying process (aquatic plants in gravel beds + woodchip bowls or channels in combination with vegetation) provide a nutrient rich water source for our foodscapes, firebelts and biodiversity hedges.

Project Aims

We feel there is a need for awareness raising of these Nature Based Solutions on a domestic scale as well as a lack of transparency in legislation in these matters.

Therefore we would like to take time to list European and maybe also global legal frameworks that allow to reuse domestic waste waters in our gardens and under which circumstances.

We want to identify and document case studies and free up funds to conduct proper research such as laboratory tests on effluents of maturing and mature systems and/or soil irrigated with these effluents.

Ideally we can give anyone working with water professionally the jumping board they need to back up their often innovative (to the ears of some) solutions in front of administrations or their clients, especially now that we are living a general time of droughts and floods in many areas of the globe.

Team

Aline VaMo, Kinga Milankovics

Reporting Officer: Aline VaMo

Area

Prototyping, Emergent festival, Next Steps project 

Objectives

April 2023


1. Survey
:

    1. During the 2 months survey we gather information about already existing material online in the form of infographics, articles, documents, professional services and projects in favour of using the NBS mentioned above and document the resources found in a NextCloud folder and spreadsheet with links.
    2. During this stage we also search for legislation and list interesting resources or research papers mentioning such legislation in a spreadsheet and NextCloud folder.
  1. Analysis: During this 2 months’ phase we go through the materials found and identify the top 3 case studies, the top 3 legal frameworks to work within and the top 3 habits to adopt for optimal reuse of your domestic waste waters
  2. Design: In the last phase of again 2 months we will edit the data and the raw material, and pour it into an informative, professional looking, educational slideshow presentation that can be shared online.

OUTCOMEs

September 2023 Update

So far we have started a database that is open to the public and which we hope you can can add resources to: https://cloud.perma.earth/s/Xx4ZWSZ9ReoTMDD

We are working on pouring the key findings and case studies of this Emergent Festival funded project into a shareable presentation format, which should be ready by the end of October, as per the “Next Steps Project” outline for this edition of the festival.

resources created

1/ Database of Resources (legislation in different languages, case studies, forums, information, books, training and more) – https://cloud.perma.earth/s/i7LjJdRpicqN3CE (hoping this link works as a collaborative document for anyone visiting the project webpage)

2/ Presentation of findings, as per objectives – 3 legal frameworks in the spotlight (EU in the end), 3 case studies, 3 top recommendations for the home – https://cloud.perma.earth/s/LXYWndyXcnDQHZb

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Permaculture Places in the Metaverse

Permaculture Places in the Metaverse

Research into and development of permaculture-themed virtual 3D worlds for the open source Mozilla Hubs platform.

Team

Rakesh Rootsman Rak, Ewan Findley, Jemma Findley

Reporting Officer: Ewan Findley

Area

Prototyping, Emergent festival, Next Steps project 

Objectives

  1. Phase one: research & planning (May-Jun 2023)
    • Identify affordances, limitations and potential for the Mozilla Hubs platform
    • Explore and identify suitable permaculture themes and concepts based on the above
    • Develop these ideas into more detailed virtual world plans
  2. Phase two: Development (Jul-Aug)
    • Build the worlds defined in 1.3 (above) using open source tools such as Blender and Spoke
  3. Phase three: Publishing and Launch (Sep)
    • Publish the developed worlds with a Creative Commons CC-BY 3.0 license using Spoke
    • Share this via CoLab Slack, newsletter and website article
    • Present and demonstrate the world(s) to permaculture educators at the in-person Educators Gathering in September 2023 organised by the Permaculture Association. This will be demonstrated on phone, desktop and VR headset, along with an introduction to the Hubs platform and the metaverse as a concept.
  4. Ongoing: learning & reporting
      • Document learnings along the way
      • Share progress and learnings on CoLab Slack




    • Updated aims due to lack of funding through the Emergent festival –
    • The project can continue as planned within this budget. Proposed work within this budget is as follows:
      Jemma, Rakesh and Ewan have two 1.5 hour meetings (total 9 hours work at suggested hourly rates).
      Rakesh 3 x 25h  = £75
      Jemma 3 x 25h = £75
      Ewan 3 x 22h = £66Total £216
    • These meetings will cover the first two items from phase one:
      Phase one: research & planning– Identify affordances, limitations and potential for the Mozilla Hubs platform
      – Explore and identify suitable permaculture themes and concepts based on the above.
    • By the end of this the outputs will be;
    • – notes documenting the process
      – recordings of the sessions that can be shared with CoLab and our educator and permaculture networks
    • The remaining budget will be used to edit the notes and recordings to make sure they are useful for distribution for others to learn from.Ewan 0.5h x £22 = £11I will seek further funding for continuation of the work, with the aim to complete a usable prototype for testing and sharing.

OUTCOMEs

Project Update September 2023

Further funds of £380 have been allocated to the project from the Emergent Festival

– Based on 17.3 hours at £22 per hour
– With additional aims now within the scope of this project:

development of a first iteration prototype virtual world that can be contributed to the commons, uploaded and used by anyone. The theme and concept for this world will come from the second team meeting.

November 2023 Update

We have successfully completed some limited R&D around how the spatial/3D social platform Mozilla Hubs might be used for permaculture people, for example in events or education. From this research a prototype 3D world was developed using the FOSS tools Blender and Spoke. The permaculture themed world includes several areas that users can navigate around including; a presentation stage, a breakout room, a campfire and a lobby. The space has been deliberately designed to be largely event-agnostic, so that it can be more easily used for a greater variety of scenarios.

resources created

A video tour of the virtual world can be watched here: https://cloud.perma.earth/s/tYgnGmo4jrT7Qi7 

The virtual world can be found here, where anyone can use it for their own virtual gathering, or remix it using Mozilla Spoke. https://hubs.mozilla.com/scenes/n3rkRvd

Full meeting notes including a link to the first meeting in video form, can be found in this document: https://cloud.perma.earth/s/TWoRmckiCMAFz

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Impact and Evaluation Support for Community-Based Permaculture Projects

Impact and Evaluation Support for Community-Based Permaculture Projects

This project is offering support to several grassroots / community permaculture projects that want to improve how they evaluate their work and assess its impact.

We work with participating projects to identify areas that they want to work on, agree a pathway to do that work which will be supported by online materials and courses, 1-1 coaching, small group workshops and peer to peer learning through a community forum.
Understanding and assessing impact can help projects to improve their work, access more and better funding, and contribute to a collective evidence base of the impact of permaculture projects.

Previous work has shown that many community permaculture projects are aware that they should be measuring their impact and doing monitoring and evaluation but need help to get started. This project will help up to ten projects directly, and will use learnings to develop wider support in this area.

Team

Kate Swatridge, Aimee Fenech

Reporting Officer: Kate Swatridge

Area

Network Weaving, Prototyping, Next Steps Project

objectives

Project Objectives for Year 1

Design the client support package (‘the offer’).

Define eligibility criteria for client projects and selection process.
Create application form.

Draft Terms of Reference / Commitment for client projects to sign up to.

Communicate (advertise) the  offer and invite applications.

Select first three client projects.  

Hold initial meeting with each project, identify their needs. Seek commitment from their leadership team. 

Research, plan and co-design a pathway for them, ready to start early 2024.  

Identify stacking opportunities between the three projects and their needs.

Integrate individual pathways into a single workplan for Group 8 project team.

Design & setup micro-grant system. Criteria & what can be claimed for, how to apply, consent process, funds disbursement (10 payments over 3 years).

Project management, admin and reporting.

OUTCOMEs

April 2023 Update

This project has not started yet, beyond some initial project planning. This was planned and is due to capacity constraints of the team. Work will commence in earnest in September.

This project will offer bespoke support to several permaculture projects that are wanting to start or improve their evaluation and impact assessment. This could include 1-1 support, access to online courses, and group workshops. More details to follow. If you are working with a project that would be interested in this service, please contact us. There will be an application / selection process depending on level of interest. The service will be free to projects but will require a time and enthusiasm commitment!

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Practical Solutions Research and Development

Practical Solutions Research and Development

Research, document and develop practical solutions to major challenges of our time including water shortages, loss of biodiversity, food production and strengthening local economies.

Research & document a case study over three years producing an annual report of solutions trials and results.

Team

Aimee Fenech, Anton Oussik, Paco and Adrian Garcia, Ras Cresswell

Reporting Officer: Anton Oussik

Area

Prototyping, Grassroots Permaculture Project, Next Steps Project

objectives

Split budget across our four main themes following the seasons:

water shortages (spring/summer)

optimizing irrigation practices
maintenance/repairs to irrigation system
documenting & optimizing water catchment systems already in place

strengthening local economy (all year)

document participate and promote local exchange practices
collaborate with local initiatives including the seed-bank, permaculture initiatives

food production (spring to autumn)

optimizing and document farm harvests from main crop, foraging and wild foods

biodiversity (quarterly)

put in place scientific survey practices to document changing levels in biodiversity
document creation and effects of micro climates through changes in water management

OUTCOMEs

See the attached report in Resources Created below.