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California, Santa Barbara, California, US
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Rural, Intentional Communities, Community, School Projects, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

permEzone is a project of California-based non-profit Empowerment WORKS, and an approved international project of the Permaculture Association (Britain). Our mission: to inspire, empower and support farming communities in the developing world to build regenerative food systems that will meet the needs of current and future generations, creating self-sufficiency, eco-social resilience, and thriving rural economies. Our vision: an online ecosystem; a network that connects communities in building and preserving unique local intelligence derived from real-life experience on the land. In combination with appropriate training and information resources, the power of shared experience can empower the development of sustainable productivity designed to work in harmony with nature. The permEzone program is designed to work with these existing resources: Working with the network of regional permaculture training centers to help rural communities build their own efficient, sustainable and ecologically regenerative food systems. The ubiquitous cellphone, which is an effective tool to share information in isolated rural areas and can be a great asset in reaching resource-poor communities. We want to train farmers to design their own regenerative food systems, and support them in creating model farms, empowering whole communities to achieve food security. They will continue to receive support from qualified teachers and experts, in person and through mobile technology, multiplying the impact by using cellphones to develop and share local expertise.

Project Description

permEzone's goal is to promote the development of sustainable food systems by training farmers in permaculture techniques and empowering these farmers to help each other with continuing support services and a new mobile phone platform.


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