permaculture Charlottenburg, the only circular village in Romania | The Romania Journal

Charlottenburg, the only circular village in Romania

Posted by: Ramona Ciortescu
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*Located approximately 50 km away from the western city of Timisoara, Charlottenburg is the only round village in the country. Due to its uniqueness, the round shaped village has been declared a historical monument by The Ministry of Culture.*

The village was established around 1770 by 32 families of Swabians who came to the region as part of the second wave of German colonization from Baden Wurttenberg, from Lorraine and South Tyrol. Historians say these families brought with them the plans to build their round village. The beautiful village plans from the baroque era have been preserved.

‘In the middle of the village there is a covered well with very good water. Around the well one can find a perfect circle of mulberry trees behind which there are houses with stables and barns. Then there are the gardens where people plant vine. Every house is just as tall as the next and all of them have the same distance one from another, following a lovely symmetric style; the same symmetry applies to the four entrances of the village’, Johann Kaspar Steube described Charlottenburg on the 5th of March 1779.

The villagers used to be mainly farmers, only few of them worked in the forest or in the city. One of the traditions specific to the area is hunting, the property near the village used to be exploited for this purpose by the Romanian Royal Court in the first place, then by the members of the Communist Party and in the end by the amateur hunters all over Europe. This village’s population reached its climax in 1880, today counting only 300 inhabitants and only two of them still have Swabian roots, Peter Trimper and Maria Ana Backin, the last Swabian people of the village.

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permaculture The Black Friday Junkyard Tour

| Starts at 10:00amNovember 28 – November 29Nov 28 at 10:00am to Nov 29 at 4:00pm |

| | 8909 San Fernando Rd. |

This will be the fifth annual junkyard tour. Still the only one in the country in the largest waste stream. Wear work boots and plan on having pizza for lunch. Fee $20
P.S. I just found out we are going to a rocket junkyard that Space-X shops at for the time. The Great Challenges we now face as a species present the very opportunities that are giving birth to Ecological, Psychological, and Spiritual Sustainability.

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permaculture Permaculture wiki update

Update on and

TL;DR: we tried to merge into, but it was impossible. However, we can recover some of the pages from, and help with this is appreciated.

Many moons ago we agreed to import the old wiki into (the sustainability wiki). That turned out to be difficult, as the database was corrupted.

Here is the final update, and it’s not what we hoped: after spending a bunch of time, including having two developers examine it, the database is unrecoverable, and there were no backup files.

The silver lining: it looks like there are some pages preserved on With a small coordinated effort we can import all of those to Appropedia. (When we do, I suggest using an edit summary of “from” to acknowledge the good work that went before.)

We actually figured this out in August, but I’ve been busy and didn’t relish passing on the news. But I’ve also been encouraged recently seeing how much activity there is a Appropedia, with people working on sustainability, permaculture and appropriate technology know-how. It’ll be nice to add the old pages, as far as we’re able.

Final note: Appropedia has regular backups made, so we should be pretty safe. (We’re also supposed to have a publicly available weekly backup of all text, for extra resilience – right now we’re working on getting that happening again.)

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permaculture Permaculture Voices 2015 – Early-Bird Deadline Expires Tonight at Midnight

The early-bird deadline for Permaculture Voices 2015 expires tonight at midnight. You can register at

PV2 features speakers such as Paul Stamets, Gunter Pauli, Maddy Harland, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Starhawk, Mark Shepard, Larry Santoyo, Toby Hemenway, and Pandora Thomas.
Overall there will be over 60 presenters and 100 hours of content talking everything from broadacre permaculture to social permaculture to green business.
There will be extensive networking opportunities throughout the event including two parties.

Event Logistics:
March 4-8, 2015
San Diego, CA – Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
More Information:

Want to be a part of the change, either on a personal or business level?
PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger.
We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of a business conference.
We have brought together a diverse group of creative and innovative doers in a variety of fields looking to share experiences, knowledge, connect, and create in ways that increase passion, purpose and profit. These doers come from a variety of fields both within and outside of permaculture. Each field has its own needs and yields. It is this edge that creates the opportunity for things to happen, and it is this opportunity that offers value to the attendees – how can you fill needs and utilize yields to create more value in your value.

Why we organized PV2 the way that we did.
At PV1 we realized that the attendees themselves were a wealth of knowledge and a diverse collection of needs and yields. Given that, we have focused on turning some of the conversation away from the stage and into the audience to create an experience for diverse participants to share ideas, discover opportunities, and create strategies and connections that enable meaningful and financially viable creations.
We want to see a massive impact on an environmental, social, and financial level, so PV2 will be heavily focused on right livelihood – making a living within the permaculture space.
Business fuels change and we believe in the power of utilizing business for positive change. Odds are you are involved in a business in some way as an employee or an owner, and given the time spent on(in) that business it has a huge effect on your life, both financially and emotionally. If you values aren’t aligned with that you do, then it isn’t sustainable.
Therefore PV2 is to help inspire change on a personal level and an organizational level in a way maximizes the triple bottom line.
We want to help people make business more sustainable and we want to help promote and grow the next generation of regenerative businesses.
If you aren’t a business owner or an employee you can still benefit by participating in this discussion because there is a lot of opportunity and needs out there. And there will be a lot of change makers at PV2 looking for help. If you want to help, then you are in the right place.

The early-bird deadline expires tonight.
You can register at

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permaculture Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding Agriculture

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Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

The USDA has a wide range of financial assistance programs, but finding the right one can be difficult, complicated further by trying to stay up to date with changes in funding following each Farm Bill.

Thanks to the newly updated guide Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can find programs to help them achieve their goals.

The 86-page guide covers 63 government programs and has been updated to include programs included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Each listing provides a description of the program’s available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used. Additionally, the guide includes basic information on how to design sound projects, find appropriate programs and write grant applications.

“Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities provided me with concise, comprehensive, well-organized and user-friendly information on federal grant programs,” says Mary Holland, a regional food systems entrepreneur who serves the Upper Midwest.

Beginning farmers faced with hefty start-up costs can use the guide to find grants and loans, in addition to technical assistance. Landowners will find opportunities to be compensated for participating in land and energy conservation programs. And experienced producers looking to conduct research to improve agricultural practices can find programs to help foster innovation on their farm.

The guide also opens doors for people who have never applied for USDA funding before. “I use this wonderful guide with start-up nonprofits all over the country. The guides are especially valuable because most groups I work with aren’t familiar with federal programs. It’s great having something that’s so concise and also helps people understand how to go and look for additional resources,” says Lorna Donaldson, a Tennessee farmer and national sustainable agriculture enterprise consultant.

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities was developed through a partnership between the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), with support from SARE and other USDA agencies. The guide was first published in 1997 and this is the 4th update.

To download a free PDF of the guide and to learn how to order hard copies, visit .


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SARE Outreach operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Maryland to develop and disseminate information about sustainable agriculture.



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permaculture Jan 9/10/11 Santa Barbara /Weekend Workshop/Public Talk with John Buck Empowering People and Organizations Dynamic Governance 2015

Jan 9/10/11 Santa Barbara /Weekend Workshop/Public Talk with John Buck Empowering People and Organizations Dynamic Governance 2015

Empowering People and Organizations
Dynamic Governance: A Weekend Workshop/Public Talk with John Buck
January 9th, 10th & 11th, 2015, in Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Jan 9th, 7:00-9:30pm, Saturday, Jan 10th, 10am-6pm, Sunday, Jan 11, 10am-5pm

For a Taste of Dynamic Governance, Friday, Jan 9th, 2015, 7:00-9:30pm, there will be an introductory public talk. Sliding scale $5-10 suggested donation.

SB County Public Health Building, 300 North San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Start the New Year by setting aside time to empower yourself and your relationships. Learn how organizations and businesses around the world are “thinking smarter with circles.”
Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy) is an elegantly simple, innovative change from conventional business methods. We encourage you to bring several people from your organization. Bring your actual work issues. Learn tools to get things done! In the workshop you will:
· Use collaborative decision-making, not consensus or win/lose voting. · Experience how everyone can have a real voice in decision-making.
· Design power structures that foster creativity, reduce tension and prevent burnout.
· Learn to have fewer, shorter, meetings, heighten productivity and increase commitment · Engage and empower both paid staff and volunteers.
Cost: Early bird discount before January 1: $175-285 sliding scale Full price: $210-$335 sliding scale
Scholarships and work trades available. For more info, call or email Lesley Weinstock:, 805-212-0052

Payment: To register please go to: Your fee includes:
· Optional teleconference 12:00pm, Tuesday, January 6 with a trainer to identify your needs. · Support groups, advice and coaching after the workshop. · Snacks, drinks and lunch Saturday and Sunday.

World Class Presenters:
John Buck: co-author of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, Division Director, The Sociocracy Group, Netherlands. Consults with businesses, nonprofits, and collaboration Councils.

Manfred Friedrich: entrepreneur, organization builder, and mediator, offers Sociocracy to support conscious organizations longing to foster collaboration, equality, personal growth, transparency and better decisions.

John Schinnerer: MA Whole Systems Design, develops cultural and ecological systems for clients. His innovative, collaborative methods invite transparency, equivalence and enhance effectiveness and integrity.

Stories from around the world about dynamic governance:
· The School of Media, Culture, and Design: star performer at Woodbury University, Burbank, CA.
· The Appalachian Foodshed Project, a three-state system of Collaboration Councils with hundreds of volunteers, agencies, and businesses, is solving hunger and food desert challenges.
· The Permaculture Association of Scotland has adopted dynamic governance (sociocracy) as its governance system because it aligns with permaculture principles.

Sponsors: Interplay: an organization working together for the Common Good/Santa Barbara Permaculture Network .

Click here for other information and a list of sponsors and endorsers.

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