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Deniz Ucok
Istanbul, Turkey
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Permablitz Istanbul

Permablitz Istanbul

Istanbul, TR


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Milkwood Transition Bloomington The GrowHaus Renaissance Polyculture Urban food gardening Purple Pear Farm Belentepe Permaculture Farm Owl house food forest Permablitz Hawaii Quail Springs Permaculture Urban Permaculture House Rancho La Loma Maya Mountain Research Farm Random Farm
Adam Grubb Ali Moussa ALPAY CAN Alper Can Kılıç Arzu Yayıntaş Aykut Istanbullu Bail Davis Bruno Tambellini Burhan  Eltan Denisa Müllerova Dennis  Posthumus Didem Çivici Dilek Yalcin Demiralp Dr. Murat ONUK EBRU VURAL Elena Parmiggiani Emre Rona Eren Toydemir Fulda Bol Georgy Afanasev Gizem Candemir Kılıçoğlu Grifen Hope Halil Azak Hira Dogrul Jan Zijlstra lina stuzmann Mine Celik Murat Gulsacan Mustafa Fatih Bakir Nebi Cihan Çankaya Nick Huggins Refik Akyuz S. Gökçe Okulu Şahin Beygu Selen Caglayik Eloglu Sena Ertem Senem Tufekcioglu Seval Ebru Yıldız Sinan Sinanogullari yagmur kutlar
Adam Grubb Albert Bates Alev Caglar Aykut Istanbullu Brad Lancaster Christopher Nesbitt Craig Sponholtz Dan Palmer Danial Lawton Darren J.  Doherty Dave Jacke Denisa Müllerova Dennis  Posthumus Didem Çivici Elena Parmiggiani Emet Degirmenci Emre Rona Eric Toensmeier Filiz Telek Geoff Lawton Graham Calder Grifen Hope Hira Dogrul Jan Zijlstra Kirsten Bradley Marco Barrantes Matthew Lynch Mihail Kossev Nadia  Lawton Nick Huggins Owen Hablutzel Penny Livingston Stark Rakesh Rootsman Rak Rhamis Kent Rose Tocke Sedef Gunes Selen Caglayik Eloglu Senem Tufekcioglu Seon Crockford shaul shaham Warren Brush
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About Deniz Ucok

I studied graphic design at school and have worked long enough in the industry to understand that I don't enjoy it very much.

I got interested in off the grid -hence sustainable- systems around 2004 looking for a way out of the consumerist culture I was helping to feed through my work, and thus came across permaculture, which incorporated everything I was looking for under one roof. I realized it would be possible to still enjoy designing, and yet feel clear in my conscience about the results.

I had been a very lazy gardener (containers of herbs and seedling experiments) previous to taking the PDC in Istanbul from Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison. The course gave the impetus to start urban projects.

We have initiated Permablitz Istanbul with a few friends in February 2011, and have finished 10 gardens to date. Our blitzing projects have cooled down since the Gezi events in the summer of 2013, but we are looking to pick it up again in the fall of 2014.

My focus in the past couple of years has been on community building, recognizing that permablitzes are perhaps more to do with neighborhood/community building than simply gardening. I also find I am interested in deepening my understanding of and working with water after giving the Arid Landscape lecture in one of the part-time PDC courses in Istanbul.

Since completing my PDC I have volunteered at the first Mediterranean Permaculture Convergence and given a talk regarding urban food sources and local food maps at the adjoining Conference; appeared on various radio shows about Permablitz and urban permaculture; and have put together a 4+1 part series of Urban Permaculture courses with two other PDC friends, which we are intend to give as recurring courses throughout the year.

My mid-term aim is to keep working in an urban environment in the upcoming years to increase the sustainability of individuals thus putting pressure and demand on Municipalities to become more sustainable.


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My Permaculture Qualifications
Pri verified
PDC course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: Bill Mollison
Location: Istanbul
Date: Nov 2010
Other course verified
Permaculture Teacher Training
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Mustafa Fatih Bakir
Location: Istanbul
Date: Nov 2013

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