Participants of the conference ‘Permaculture for Academia’

Iryna Kazakova        2

Immo Fiebrig        3

Tommaso Brazzini        3

Valentyna Movchan        4

Anastasia Bushovska        4

Anastasiya Volkova        5

Lyubov Margitay        5

Ivan Manolov        6

Dagmar Hauznerová        6

Erin Bailey        6

Logan Strenchock        7

June Brawner        7

Anton Nelip        8

Jeremy Caradonna        8

Lamis Jamil        8

Benjamin Habib        9

Josef Holec        9

Perla Kuchtová        10

Eric Toensmeier        10

Szalai Magdolna Zita        10

Pavlo Ardanov        11

Zuzana Spakova        11

Jan Winkler        12

Gaëtan Bourmaud        12

Kateryna Kovalchuk        13

Marhitay Dmytro        13

Iryna Poputnikova        13

Tina Lynn Evans        13

Eszter Tóth        14

Alfred Szilágyi, Imre Tirczka, Dénes Saláta        14

Oleksandr Suprunets        15

Yuliya Harnyk        15


Iryna Kazakova

Iryna was a senior researcher in Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research. She is specialist with 10 years of experience in the field of agrarian and environmental economics (PhD in economical science). She spend 7 years working as Assistant and as Lecturer of Chair of Productive Management and Agrarian Business in Kharkiv Agrarian University. In 2015 Iryna completed a short-term internship at the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland and participated in the Economics of Land Degradation Course on “Options and Pathways to Action: Stakeholder Engagement” (UNU-INWEH). Since 2017 Iryna has begun to study permaculture with the NGO "Permaculture in Ukraine".

Certificate of completed Certification Permaculture Design Course. 2017. NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine”

Discipline 'Economic fundamentals of permaculture' at the Open International University of Human Development “Ukraine”

We consider the training of students in the specialty of constructive ecology and permaculture as a multi-vector, therefore, we offer disciplines  a philosophical orientation (Environmental justice and decision-making), and more practical (Assessment of ecosystem functions (of permaculture elements) in urban environments).

Two disciplines as part of the program for bachelor and masters students, specializing in constructive ecology and permaculture. (planned)

1) Environmental justice and decision-making.

The purpose of the discipline is to familiarize students with environmental challenges of our time; the concept of environmental injustice and the identification of its consequences in the world (water, forest, land resources); concepts of ecological justice and its multi-dimensional (philosophical aspects); the concept of decision-making in the triad economy-ecology-society; definition of stakeholder groups and their influence on decision-making at different levels; mechanisms, principles of interaction with stakeholder and decision-making strategies. The main objectives of the discipline are:  1) the concept of environmental justice and injustice; 2) basic environmental legislation and its application; 3) work with stakeholders and decision-making in the triad ecology-economy-socium.

2. Permaculture in cities. Assessment of ecosystem functions (permaculture elements) in urban environments.

The purpose of the subject is 1) familiarize students with the basic concepts of ecosystem functions of plants, forests, wetlands, etc.; 2) consider the main methods of economic evaluation of the most common ecosystem functions; 3) identify and evaluate of ecosystem functions of existing ecosystems in cities; 4) identify and evaluate the potential ecological and economic benefits from applying  of various types of permaculture and agroecological structures / elements / zones in cities (eg  city gardens, greening of walls and roofs in local area, improvement of parks / forestgarden, green fences / green stripes in city infrastructure, etc.); 5) select of the best variants of agro-eco-permastructures / elements / zones based on the individual needs of the inhabitants and the existing ecological conditions of the territories.

(the titles can be changed)


Immo Fiebrig

Researcher on permaculture systems and green medicine at Coventry University's Centre of Agroecology, Water and Resilience since 2015.

Sepp Holzer (2011), 1-year curriculum on Krameterhof (total of 30 days), Austria and Spain.

Rosemary Morrow, 72 hrs PDC (2012), Can Coll, Barcelona, Spain.

Miguel Altieri (2017), Agrotopia: exceptional training week on Agroecology, Wanze, Belgium.

MSc Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty at the Coventry University/Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience


Tommaso Brazzini

Researcher on physics and electronics with about 7 years of experience and a PhD. 9 months in South-america for sustainability and permaculture apprenticeship in eco-communities and eco-villages. PDC in Colombia (Tropical environment) in April 2017. PDC in Cataluña, Spain (Mediterranean region) in November 2017. A planned project for the near future about organic waste management and compost production, as well as permaculture teaching.

2 PDCs (both in 2017) one in the tropics (Colombia) and one in the Mediterranean region (Spain). Diploma of "Design and Installation of Solar Energy Systems" from CENSOLAR (Sevilla, Spain) in 2016. Online course on "Soil4life: Sustainable Soil Management" (Wageningen University) completed in 2017, in-person course on Transition (Cardedeu - Barcelona, Spain) in 2018.

Transition approach to sustainable development: the municipalities in transition project


Valentyna Movchan

Born January 1, 1955 in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine. In 1976 he graduated from the Biology Department of the KSU. Shevchenko Specialty - biologist-zoologist. In 1989 he defended his Ph.D. thesis in the field of sanitary hydrobiology. Since 2009 I have been working at the University of Ukraine (Kiev) as dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Technologies.

In 2017 passed the certification course of permaculture design. Area of scientific interests - optimization of water resources, constructive ecology, permaculture, inclusive learning environment

Ecology and environmental ethics. Course of lectures for students of all directions of the University "Ukraine". 12 lectures and 12 seminars.

Permaculture as a part of a university education

The ecological crisis is deepened as a result of the excessive number of humanity, irresponsibility and greed of people. The desire for sustainable development is largely declared, but not implemented. The only kind of practical activity in which the sustainable development of mankind is embodied is pre-culture. Out of deadlock - through education, especially environmental. In modern conditions, the most important element of environmental education should be permaculture - both theory and practice. Permaculture should be raised to the level of university education, since student youth is an intellectual elite of humanity. It is they who will determine the ways of civilization in the near future.

Anastasia Bushovska

Currently I am a student of KPI in biotechnology. I am highly interested in sustainable development, as well as promoting eco-consciousness and understanding the necessity of following the natural ways of planting. And introducing this natural ways not only to farmlands, but cities.


Anastasiya Volkova

Founder of permaculture center Green Hills in the ecovillage Dubravushka in Kyiv region. Farmer beginner, active learner of organic agricultural, permaculture and biodynamic

2018 certification permaculture design course.

Green Hills ecovillage and permaculture center

Permaculture center “Green Hills” was established in the ecovillage with the same name (founded in 2012). Il has territory of about four hectares. It’s a community project of all ecovillage families.

Center’s aims:

  • to grow ecological food to our own needs and to sell;
  • to hold ecological festivals and seminars;
  • to develop green tourism and camps for children;
  • to protect the environment, to increase the biodiversity;
  • to spread ideas of permaculture and sustainable development.


Lyubov Margitay

Was born in the picturesque Transcarpathian village. PhD, Doc. in Uzhgorod National University (Ukraine), Department of Fruit and Vegetable growing and Viticulture, agricultural expert and advisor. Lyubov teaches Soil Science, Land Reclamation, Agrochemistry, Organic Cultivation of Fruits, Berries and Grapes, Technology of Processing and Storage of Crop Production. She has more than 90 academic and methodical publications, around 20 presentations on local and national TV, as well as a number of presentations at the international research conferences. Lyubov practices permaculture design, organic technologies for fertility enhancement, organic methods for cultivation of fruits, vegetables, berries, grapes.

Studied permaculture independently from the books of Bill Mollison, Masanobu Fukuoka, Zepp Holzer

I am teaching Soil Science, Land Reclamation, Agrochemistry, Organic Cultivation of Fruits, Berries and Grapes, Technology of Processing and Storage of Crop Production in Uzhgorod National University (Ukraine), Department of Fruit and Vegetable growing and Viticulture. During the lectures, labs, practical classes on all these subjects and excursions, for over 10 years I have been trying to convey the elements of permaculture to students. The education programs, written by me on these subjects, contains elements of permaculture.

10 years of experience in teaching elements of permaculture to agronomy students of Uzhgorod National University

I will represent the more than 10 years experience in teaching elements of permaculture for students of Uzhgorod National University in the fields of agronomy and horticulture and viticulture during lectures, laboratory, practical classes and excursions on subjects: Soil Science, Land Reclamation, Agrochemistry, Organic Cultivation of Fruits, Berries and Grapes, Technology of Processing and Storage of Crop Production.

Ivan Manolov

I graduated Agriculture University in Plovdiv Bulgaria in 1981. The title of my PhD thesis was "Zeolite substrates as nutrition media for plants". Since 1991 I have worked in Agricultural University of Plovdiv in Department of Agrochemistry and Soil Science. My main subject of teaching is Agrochemistry (Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrition, Fertilizer Application). Since 2003 I teach elective subject "Introduction in Organic Farming". I have worked in more than 20 international research and educational projects. Some of them were connected with organic farming.

I teach subject "Introduction in Organic Farming".

Dagmar Hauznerová

I am a czech woman 39 y.o. music and french teacher, recently renovating a farm with 100ha in middle of Bohemia, 50 km from Prague. I am very much interested in alternatives of growing spiritually and literally and in all kind of cultures incl. perma.

How to transfer the academica knowledge to the rural mind (discussion)

Erin Bailey

I am a first year PhD student at Kansas State University. My research focus is on permaculture, and I am interested in attending the conference in order to better understand the work that is already being done on the subject.  My master's project was a multiple case study of edible landscapes that operate on public land. I found that the majority were utilizing permaculture principles and techniques. This lead me to further my education, and look specifically into permaculture.  I am also hoping that attending this conference will help me develop my specific research project.


Logan Strenchock

I am a researcher and Environmental and Sustainability Officer at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. My research focuses on community-based sustainability transition initiatives, short food supply chains and resilient agricultural systems, and Degrowth inspired social movements. I teach Agroecology and Introduction to Organic Gardening Systems which is a two credit course offered by the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department. In addition to my work at the University, I am also a co-founder of Cargonomia, a sustainable urban logistics and local food distribution center in Budapest, and a garden team member at Zsámboki Biokert, an organic and biodynamic vegetable farm in Zsámbok, Hungary.

I do not have a degree in Agroecology or Permaculture design but have been working as a gardener at Zsamboki Biokert, a 4 hectare organic and biodynamic vegetable farm in Hungary since 2012.

I am an instructor in Central European University's Agroecology and Organic Gardening Systems course which is offered by the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department. This course is a theoretical introduction to agroecology and a practical introduction to organic gardening techniques.

Students  gain an understanding of the interactions between agricultural systems and the environment. We examine how multiple factors (biological, chemical, and physical) affect integrated crop/livestock systems and we will gain an in-depth understanding of inputs and outputs in agricultural systems and their relation to primary productivity, nutrient cycling, energy flows, and species interactions on farms. Students integrate concepts across agronomy, ecology, biogeochemistry, and soil science. Students have the chance to take part in a mini-lab experience to analyze soil quality and plant biology parameters. We  then link these agroecological concepts to practical soil management, crop rotation, companion planting, weed and insect management, and urban composting techniques, as well as garden design and planning based on permaculture principles.

June Brawner

I am a PhD candidate in Ecological Anthropology at the University of Georgia working on a food systems topic; previously, I completed my MA at Central European University in Sociology and Social Anthropology, which involved fieldwork at a permaculture site in Bulgaria.

I have volunteered on many farms in the Balkans and Central/Eastern Europe, in addition to about 2 years' fieldwork on research projects related to agroecology (not all permaculture-specific) in Hungary and Bulgaria. I also have an MS in Crop and Soil Sciences.

Anton Nelip

I was born in Kyiv. I have graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, faculty of geography economical and social geography. From 2014 I started working on creation the Nature Park Beremytske where I have been working till now. The park is utilizing the ideas of Rewilding.

Together with the University Ukraine we are planning to start an educational course on permaculture. The main idea is to describe creation of the Nature park Beremytske as an example of permaculture in creating of nature parks and green tourist objects.

Teaching university students on creating the nature parks and green tourist objects (case study of the Nature Park Beremytske)

Making a course  about creation of Nature park Beremytske as an example of permaculture in creating of nature parks and green tourist objects.

Jeremy Caradonna

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Creating 'terra preta' soils in High Amazon Peru

Lamis Jamil

I am currently writing my master's dissertation on Permaculture's contribution to Himalayan resilience at the Center of Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Oxford Brookes University, UK. A big part of it trying to engage permaculture in academic literature and research as a valid approach for international development and humanitarianism.

- B.Sc. in Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, Diploma of Ingénieur Agricole (American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2010)

-PDC (HASERA, Nepal, 2015)

-Earthbag Training Course (Woven Earth, Nepal, 2015)

-Training in Nepali Biointensive farming (Everything Organic Nursery- EVON, Nepal, 2016)

-Training in Compressed Earth Blocks - CEB technology (Sano Sansar/ Fundació Petit Món, Nepal, 2016)

-Earthbag Training Course in collaboration with the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building (Good Earth Nepal, Nepal, 2017)

-Nepal Agriculture & Community Development Workshop (Echo Asia Impact Center & Shanti Nepal, Nepal, 2017)

-Green Living Masterclass and Growing your own Mushrooms Workshops (Urban Hijau, Malaysia, 2017)

-Zero Waste Gardening Camp: How to grow your own food at home (The Hive Bulk Foods, Malaysia, 2017)

-Plant Food Workshop (Eats, Shoots & Roots, Malaysia, 2017)

-Sustainability Internship (Wild Asia Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia, 2017)

-Permaculture Apprenticeship (Permaculture Perak, Malaysia, 2017)

Permaculture's contribution to Himalayan resilience

The presentation will engage with the aspects of permaculture that impact the way resilience is understood in the Himalayan region.

Benjamin Habib

Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University

Josef Holec

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources

Fundamentals of Agroecology

The main aim of the study of this course is to understand complex processes in agroecosystems on high hierarchical level using general ecological theory, resulting in design and management of sustainable agricultural systems. The subject is proposed for students of bachelor courses and therefore we stress applied agronomy problems using agroecological perspective. Students should acknowledged impacts of both biophysical and socio-economic environment on production and other functions of agroecosystems. By means of semestral project presentation to learn how to ask questions, propose own ideas with the help of scientific literature and other public information sources and defend their ideas on public presentations.

Perla Kuchtová

Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

This BSc program provides a theoretical background focusing on the sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the environment. Emphasis is given on the understanding of the interaction between components of the biosphere, agriculture, horticulture, and landscape design. Students will obtain a general overview about the economic and legal context of the environment.

Sustainable agriculture and its future

Eric Toensmeier

Yale University.

One class - Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation, in masters of forestry and environment program.

It is a carbon farming course with emphasis on multifunctional solutions like agroforestry.

Szalai Magdolna Zita

I am a horticultural engineer, with a PhD in biological science. Besides other subjects I teach organic farming at the Department of Ecological Farming and Sustainable Producing Systems at the Horticultural Faculty of Szent István University in Budapest for horticultural and environment management students. I am a founding member of MAPER, and I participating in 2 working groups at the moment focusing on research. I have consulted several BSc and MSc diploma work dealing with aspects of permaculture as farming system. I am responsible for a further education degree course on organic farming.

I have started to teach Permaculture principles and basic elements of permaculture design for horticultural students more than 20 years ago on BSc level as optional subject named Existing trends of organic farming in practice at the Department of Ecological Farming and Sustainable Producing Systems at the Horticultural Faculty of Szent István University in Budapest. We educate this subject in English too. I teach other optional subjects involving the Permaculture principles like Sustainability in horticultural production, and in compulsory subject, Organic farming. Permaculture as optional subject is developed in a further education program of Organic farming for engineers’ specialised for organic farming.

Course of Organic farming (Specialized Engineer of Organic farming) with permaculture as an optional subject at the Szent István University

In my presentation I would like to inform the audience about how permaculture is educated at my Department of Ecological Farming and Sustainable Producing Systems at the Horticultural Faculty of Szent István University in Budapest. I would like to present the subjects: Organic farming, Trends of organic farming in practice, Sustainability in horcicultural production, Conversion to organic farming, and Permaculture. Methods in teaching like: group work, individual tasks, farm visits and discussions. List of diploma thesis on permaculture on BSc and MSc level.

Pavlo Ardanov

Pavlo Ardanov has completed his PDC in 2011 and Permaculture Teachers Training in 2013 with George Sobol. In 2013 he has obtained PhD degree in plant Physiology at the University of Oulu specializing on Plant-Microbe interactions. Pavlo is co-founder and the head of NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine”, permaculture teacher, designer and translator. His research interests includes crop polycultures, biodegradation and plant growth-promoting microorganisms.

Planning further collaboration: specialized short university courses for farmers with the internship at the permaculture education and demonstration centers

Our current Visegrad project include two components: Vocational and academic permaculure education and the Network of permaculture education and demonstration centers. Many Ukrainian farmers (and the similar situation probably exists in the the Visegrad countries too) don’t know how to manage their land ecologically sustainably and economically profitably. The pool of good University teachers and permaculture centers in four Visegrad countries and in Ukraine is capable to transfer to farmers a relevant knowledge and skills in an appropriate format.

Zuzana Spakova

In 2017 I finished my studies with a diploma thesis topic Agroecological Approaches to land management: Permaculture farming in the Czech Republic

Jan Winkler

University  Mendel University in Brno.

Assistant Professor - Department of Plant Biology (FA).

Researcher - Department of viticulture and enology (FH).

External Teacher - Institute of Lifelong Learning.

Research Fields: weeds, precipitation, tillage, weed infestation forecast.

Permaculture techniques at the Mendel University in Brno

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the history of the International Permaculture movement, the fundamental pillars of permaculture ethics and basic Permaculture (PC) principles formulated by David Holmgren on the basis of studies of successful projects of the PC. Students will be familiar with many examples of applications of the PC principles and techniques and acquire basic knowledge and skills that can help them in dealing with issues related to the development of sustainable systems in conditions of limited energy resources.

Gaëtan Bourmaud

I am an Associated professor of Ergonomics at the Paris 8 University (Paris, France). I am also co-chair of the “Concevoir pour le Développement Durable” commission of the ARPEGE association (

Presently, my main intervention domains concern the sustainable development, i.e. human activity (at work and/or in life of every days) with the prism of sustainable development. And I am very interesting in permaculture and agrocecology.

For systemic approaches to permaculture: results and opportunities for thinking about sustainable development

Permaculture seeks to organise and facilitate appropriate interactions between ecosystem components. In the wake of previous research on a different work situation, we aimed to identify the resource systems that people use in context. Drawing on the analysis of one permaculture farmer’s activity, we discuss his/her practices from a twofold systemic angle, in terms of (1) the systemic principles of permaculture: to each plant’s primary or intrinsic functions, must be added those of its contribution to the overall farming system, positive or otherwise; crop beds themselves forming systems, just as much as sub-systems in the growing zone as a whole, etc.; (2) resource systems proper to the permaculture farmer: material (diverse tools) and immaterial (knowledge) artefacts; criteria and values (workload generated by a cultivation sequence, plans to sell to the general public, or induced consumption of water, etc.); etc. This study could also form the basis for broader research that goes beyond permaculture. It aims to suggest methods of analysing criteria and value systems that relate to sustainable development, guiding the way people mobilise resources.

Kateryna Kovalchuk

I'm an employee оf The Beremytske Biosphere Charitable Foundation, that united people for the implementation of projects and programs for the restoration of the natural environment and with the joint efforts to preserve the nature of Ukraine. Our first project is Nature Park Beremytske.

Marhitay Dmytro

In the 4th form I took 3 place In Kiev, at the final stage of the 5th All-Ukrainian Competition for Experimental Research "Young Researcher", at the National Ecological and Naturalistic Center of Students' Youth  of the contest "Plants around us". In the 11th form, I took 2nd place in the all-Ukrainian stage of the Small Academy of Sciences section agronomy. I was a participant of the international scientific and practical conference "Permаculture and organic agriculture". Now I'm a student at the Biological Faculty of Uzhgorod National University, where i am studying agronomy.

Iryna Poputnikova

I was born in Ukraine. Graduate Odessa Medical University in 2009 as family doctor. I'm a citizen of Ukraine but currently live in Los Angeles. Agriculture is my hobby. I'm interested in building sustainable ecosystems, permaculture, biodynamic. And I love to learn.

I didn't have any courses in permaculture, all my knowledge is from books)

Tina Lynn Evans

Tina Lynn Evans is a Professor of Sustainability Studies at Colorado Mountain College. She is also the lead developer of the Permaculture Design Certification program at CMC and the lead designer and implementer of the Bear Park Permaculture Center, a two-thirds acre site that serves as a living laboratory for Permaculture, Sustainability Studies, Culinary Arts, Art, and other academic programs. Bear Park will soon feature a 42-foot diameter geodesic growing dome for four-seasons growing. Evans completed her PDC training at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, Colorado, taught by leaders in the field, including Jerome Osentowski and Adam Brock.

PDC certification, 2015 (Jerome Osentowski and Adam Brock, lead instructors); lead designer and implementer of a campus orchard at Fort Lewis College, 2000-2012; beekeeper since about 2008; co-advisor of the CMC Beekeeping Club since 2013; extensive home gardening (10+ years); PhD in Sustainability Education, 2011; author of the book Occupy Education (2012, Peter Lang) that features much permaculture-related thinking; 15 years of teaching about energy issues in society; current teaching in foundations of sustainability, sustainable economics (including local currency design), culture and place, and permaculture design.

Permaculture Design Certificate Program, Colorado Mountain College; Sustainability Studies, Bachelor of Arts program, PDC courses are elective course options in this program as well.

Eszter Tóth

BSc: Agricultural engineering in environmental management (2010-2014), MSc: Ecological Farming (2014-2017), PhD, The Doctoral School of Horticultural Science's, Szent István University (2017-).

PDC, 2015, Richard Perkins (Kopaniec, Poland), Mulching course, Microscopic course (Qualitative Soil Food Web Analysis)

Alfred Szilágyi, Imre Tirczka, Dénes Saláta

Alfred Szilágyi. I have a Msc diploma in Organic Farming. I wrote my Bsc thesis about permaculture designing and  the masters diploma about comparing the sustainability of permaculture, organic and conventional farming. I am a funding and board member of the Hungarian Permaculture Association responsible for the working group on research in permaculture. And i just started a phd program in the Szent István University. Throughout my studies i was linked to education of permaculture in various ways, i held presentations in students green club, also for my former classmates. During my masters study I initiated a platform to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss subjects related to permaculture.

PDC 2015, Looe, UK, teachers: Klaudia van Gool, Bryn Thomas

Masters program in Organic Farming

Related projects to Education of Permaculture in the Institute of Landscape Management and Nature Conversation, SzIU, Gödöllő

Dr.Imre Tirczka is the course leader of the Msc course Organic farming, he teaches the basics of organic farming, the regulation of organic farming, and the arable organic farming.

Dénes Saláta is the vice-leader of the Msc course, and his main expertise is the connection of farming and nature conservation.

Organic farming Msc course at the Szent István University, Institute of Landscape Managment and Nature Conservation, Gödöllő

I would like to share our experience which i think is a very unique education program because of the individual design project. I would like to know what others experience in the neighbouring countries especially regarding the attitude of students, other university people/teachers, leaders. How other see the future of education of sustainable agriculture.

Oleksandr Suprunets

Oleksandr Suprunets – Director of Local Economy NGO, co-founder of Kyiv Farm. Has over 15 years of experience in public communications. Co-founder of Ukrainian crowdfunding platform Big Idea Practiced modern farming technologies in Canada, Berlin, and Italy. Studied «Design for Sustainable Development» (Italy), Organic Business (Ukraine), LEAP Leadership and Sustainability program (Sweden). In 2016 together with partners created first public edible urban micro-garden in Kyiv.

Completed. Certificate Design for Sustainability (Gaia Education, 2015, Damanhur).

Teaching Urban gardening course, Agriculture for urban kids.

Meconomica urban farm

The Kyiv Farm educational playground was created to promote the practices of urban farming and food growing in a city. More than 100 people invested in the site launch located in Kyiv downtown in 2016. In 2017, the second site of Kyiv Farm was created in the A.V. Fomin Botanical Garden in Kyiv for organizing educational events for children and adults. In 2018, both sites Kyiv Farm cultivate about 50 food crops and medicinal plants, including sweet potato, tomato, basil, nasturtium, strawberry, New Zealand spinach, chuffa, lemongrass, ginger and others.

Yuliya Harnyk

I am an activist and educator.  At present time I am a cofounder of NGO «Parents Community» (Kyiv). I've graduated from Chernivtsi National University, Faculty of Chemistry in 1995 and Department of Engineering Ecology  in 1996. In 2003 year I graduated from the Ternopil Academy of National Economy and received a diploma in the specialty Jurisprudence.  As an environmentalist and lawyer, I worked in public, commercial and non-profit organizations.  My last job was a special school for children with special needs. My main fields of interest are the reform of social services in Ukraine; using permaculture landscape design and  Feldenkrais method for working with persons with special needs and their parents.

I am a participant of this year's Urban Farming course organized by Meconomica.

I keen to develop  program for persons with special needs using knowledge of  permaculture practitioners.