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Mohsin Javed
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Location: Lahore Punjab Pakistan
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Hi all, I am hoping to find people who are interested in permaculture in Pakistan. Anyone who has done a pic or not, anyone who has organically farmed or wants to farm. Would love to start a permanent community here. I have a few acres of land in central Punjab and would love to work with other people
 
Erica Wisner
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I know it's not that nearby but just has a similar name, but we are looking for people with natural building experience (or traditional building methods, like earth-walled or stone-and-mud home building) in the region of central Asia, specifically Kazakhstan. In your permaculture studies, do you know any good builders or teachers who are familiar with this climate?

-Erica W
 
khurram haroon
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hi Mohsin,

Khurram here from lahore, Pakistan. my contact is +923008449161 & email is khurram.haroon@gmail.com. love to connect.

rgds,
KH
 
Rebecca Norman
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Hi Erika,
Yes, we've been building solar heated earthen buildings in a similar climate to that, for about 20 years. What is the project?

We've got one Ladakhi expert who has been building, teaching, leading social change movements, and inventing for 20 years but is usually busy; or several of his protoges who now have their own earth building companies here in Ladakh. They are experienced with adobe, old-style rammed earth, modern rammed earth, and stone. One of the younger guys has done a lot of teaching youth and is good at it, especially teaching passive solar design and the principles of heat. (Just low key house heat, not fire -- we're learning that from you!).

Indians probably can't get visas to go to Pakistan, but Kazakhstan should be fine.
 
Janet Kozak
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Hello!

I'm interested in connecting as well. My husband and I are planning to move to Chitral eventually and homestead - and teach workshops and whatnot to the locals as well. Hit me up on Facebook or LinkedIn and you can also message me via email: janet_kozak (at) yahoo.com.

Cheers,

Janet
 
Mohsin Javed
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Location: Lahore Punjab Pakistan
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Hi Janet are you a pdc teacher? Doesn't matter too much. Welcome to pakistan
 
Janet Kozak
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Thanks!

No, not a PDC teacher, don't even have my own "certification" yet, but it's on the list. Mostly want to bring earth-bag building techniques to the northern areas because they are safer and more cost-efficient than many of the current building methods. The devastation of the 2005 quake proved that (as most of the deaths were attributable to poor construction). Then as we work on teaching local and working together to build model structures and communities in that area we plan to introduce other permaculture techniques as well - the ones that are not being used already.

What is your plan for your land?
 
Mohsin Javed
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Location: Lahore Punjab Pakistan
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Thanks Janet. I am entirely new to permaculture or even farming. My background is in engineering but itis of little use to me. As for plans Iam making it up as I go along. Iam learning and making mistakes. my father owns and runs the farm and he's not totally into new ideas. I have put a multi species orchard in recently, but it is not integrated like a model permaculture homestead with zones and stuff. I hope to learn how to run chickens and ducks, build ponds, do a Fukuoka style grain farming and eliminate pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. Tall order. I am all alone here. I am surrounded by conventional farmers who shoot down my ideas and I can't reply since I have no farming experience and they do.I also Currently can't afford to take a pdc.
 
Janet Kozak
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I've been looking into it myself and even if we can't get certified we you can still learn! Here's a website that offers, as far as I can tell, free courses: https://www.openpermaculture.com/welcome-page

eventually you (and I) may also want to look into the business side of things, these counseling sessions look useful to make permaculture processes income generating: http://www.permaculturebusinessworld.com/

I admire your courage in standing apart from the pack, have to be patient with permaculture because it doesn't always have quick results - but they are much longer lasting!
 
Chris Allen
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Hey maybe you should contact the group cal-earth ( https://calearth.org/ ) they teach permaculture and earth bag building. They have done at least one project in Pakistan if i'm remembering correctly.
 
Janet Kozak
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Thanks Chris,

I've actually already contacted Cal-Earth and have also tried locating the graduates who helped with those projects in Pakistan way back - unfortunately, have not heard back yet from Cal-Earth and the project site for the re-building in Pakistan is down last I checked and can't seem to find the alumni who worked on it (though I spent an hour or so trying).

I will be doing some more research this next week to find other alumni who may be interested in coming here to teach a workshop - and also possibly posting in other forums to locate some instructors. I actually just had another opportunity come our way today of an offer of some land on which to build a model village and/or other structures and working models closer to us here in Karachi at the moment and won't even have to source the funds myself (BONUS!) - which is logistically easier for us at the moment as well - since we don't have our house built in Chitral yet.

Thanks for the suggestion we're totally on it!

~Janet
 
Waheed Khan
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Hey Guys,

This is Waheed here, I completed my PDC with geoff lawton. I am working on establishing a perambulate based homestead in Pakistan. I am looking for some place in north, where is cooler. I would love to hear form people from Pak interested in Permaculture. I can be reached on jagakhan (at) gmail.com.
I would love to hear from Mohsin what are his goals. Feel free to drop me an email.


Regards,

Waheed Khan
 
Mohsin Javed
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Location: Lahore Punjab Pakistan
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Hello waheed, congrats on finishing a pdc. I haven't looked at this forum in some time and i am ashamed to say my position currently remains the same. Other than having a couple of acres of grapevines put in I haven't achieved much. But would like to hear more of your side of the story
 
Sheri Khan
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Hello, I am curious to know about the current state of permaculture in Pakistan. My husband is a Dutch agronomist who has lived in Pakistan and is interested in setting up a permaculture project there..
 
Sulayman Amin
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Hi, has anyone done any Permaculture projects in Pakistan?
 
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