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Quail Springs Permaculture Gaia University Maya Mountain Research Farm finca de los Perezosos "lazy man´s farm"
Astrid Bohnel Cara  Schuster Jehan de Maille Luis Alberto Martinez Macias MADRIGAL LYDIA Nicholas Burtner
Astrid Bohnel Christopher Nesbitt Daniel Gair Geoff Lawton henrik haller john douglas Ludovic Bourdon Matt Powers steve cran
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About Helen Perks

Originally from the UK, I left 30 years ago and I've been travelling, living and working in other countries, mainly in the Global South, for the past 20 years. I started out in academia, researching and teaching global environmental change, oceanography and climate change. After fieldwork in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, I left academia to travel widely and then worked in "rural development" and "international conservation". I spent over 6 years working in Papua New Guinea in local conservation organisations, community environment projects, coral reef conservation and community agriculture.

I left Papua New Guinea in 2010 and, after working with a food justice group in Oakland California, in 2011 I started training in permaculture, mainly at sites around Mexico and Central America. After an IPC gathering in Cuba, I lived there for 2 years and learned more about their food and agriculture systems.

In 2016, I began to focus more on edible landscaping, then spent a year living in the Peruvian Amazon, which all led to me specalising in successional agroforestry/syntropic farming and its application to sustainable livelihoods in the Global South and ecological regeneration.

I work on projects around the world, with a focus on Spain, Portugal and West Africa.


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Organic agriculture in Mexico

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My Permaculture Qualifications
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Ronaldo Eleazar Lec Ajcot
Other Teachers: Juan Nelson Rojas
Location: La Esperanzita, Nueva Guinea, RAAS, Nicaragua
Date: Feb 2013
Other course unverified
Organic Agriculture, Microbiology, Chromatography, Keyline and Introduction to Permaculture
Type: Earthworks
Verifying teacher: Eugenio Gras
Other Teachers: Jairo Restrepo Riviera, Jesus Ignacio Simon
Location: Suelo Feliz, San Juanico, Jalisco, Mexico
Date: Dec 2012
Other course unverified
Analog Forestry
Type: Other
Teacher: Milo Bekins Faries
Location: Londres, Quepos, Costa Rica
Date: Apr 2013
Other course unverified
Food Forest Gardens
Type: Other
Teacher: Ricardo Romero
Location: Huatusco, Veracruz, Mexico
Date: Jun 2013
Other course unverified
Earthworks and Food Forests
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Doug Crouch
Location: Cádiz, Spain
Date: Dec 2016
Other course unverified
Syntropic Farming
Type: Other
Teacher: Ernst Goetsch
Location: Granada, Spain
Date: Oct 2018
Other course unverified
Syntropic Farming
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: Felipe Pasini
Other Teachers: Dayana Andrade
Location: Mértola, Portugal
Date: Apr 2019
Other course unverified
Syntropic Farming
Type: Other
Teacher: Jua Pereira
Location: Brasilia, Brazil
Date: Sep 2019

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