Sermenin Educational & Research Center for Permaculture
Sermenin Educational & Research Center for Permaculture
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Commenced:
01/09/2013
Submitted:
18/07/2013
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Sermenin, Gevgelija, MK
Website:
http://zelenataarka.mk/
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate





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Ognen Onchevski Soterios Hatzikirou Vasiliy Kiryanov
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Sermenin Educational & Research Center for Permaculture

Project Type

Rural, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

This is a project of the non-profit civic association "The Green Ark". The aim of this project is to establish and develop an Educational & Research Center for Permaculture in the village of Sermenin that is situated at the foot of mountain Kozhuf, in the south of R. Macedonia.

Project Description

 Who we are?

We are The Green Ark, a grass-root organization from Skopje, R. Macedonia. We founded the association in 2007, currently we are about 15 people all joined together with a single goal - actively working in accordance with the principles of Permaculture Design to make a difference in peoples everyday lives by giving workshops on making organic soap, building herb spirals, building with straw bales, methods of composting, filtration of water, making seed balls, guerrilla gardening... 

Our primary project is to establish the first Educational & Research Center for Permaculture in our country. We are working on this since late 2010 and have already jump-started the project by organizing a fundraising concert asking for local support, we also did a crowfunding campaign for international support.

 

What is the project about?

After two years of negotiations with the local authorities of the municipality of Gevgelija we have signed the agreement that grants us the use of a former school building and the surrounding plot for a demonstational garden over the next 20 years for the purpose of establishing the Educational & Research Center for Permaculture, right there. The agreement states that we take care of the reconstruction of the object dating from the 1930s, and now it is completely up to us to make it operational again. We are now taking step one, and that is to reconstruct the ruined roof and convert it into a green roof.

Our plan is to initiate parts of the educational program as soon as possible, all that can be applied through hands-on experience during the reconstruction of the object itself by organizing workshops for restoration and refurbishment with minimal impact to the environment. We will explore all the posibilities to engage people who want to learn and practice these building techniques and appropriate technologies, and will seize each opportunity to turn every single step of the process of establishing the Educational & Research Center for Permaculture into a learning experience open for all who want to do it.

After we make the school building operational we will continue developing the educational program by giving introductory courses in permaculture design, 72h PDCs, permablitz gatherings, workshops on consesus decision making and nonviolent communication, etc.

 

The Impact 

The work done in the Center will incite significant positive changes, over the years to come, in the community of the village Sermenin and the region by empowering people to make their first steps in the transition towards self-sustainability within healthy ecosystems. We will be inviting people all over the world to learn and exchange knowledge & experience with the local people and us. We hope the Educational & Research Center for Permaculture in Sermenin will grow to be the hub of numerous environmental, social, cultural and economic initiatives in the region, supporting diverse innovative collaborations.

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Dimitar Samarxiev - Admin Ognen Onchevski - Admin
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