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I'm new in this forum. I know about permaculture for many years. I do my best to follow principles in my life. But I did not call it 'doing permaculture'...
This year I really started a 'permaculture herb spiral' in my front yard. I found out I need to learn a lot more about theory and practice of permaculture in the garden! Step by step I'm finding the information I need at the internet. That's why I arrived here at 'permies'. Are here any other people from/ living in the Netherlands? I live in the eastern part, Drenthe.
 
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Bart Meijer is a fellow permie from the Netherlands. You can say hi to him over at his introduction thread and purple mooseage him to get in touch.

More permaculture people can be found by visiting the Permaculture Global Map. There are also quite a few ecovillages in Norway that you can try contacting to learn more about.You can find them at the Global Ecovillage Network Map.

I have compiled some resources to learn permaculture in the Guide to Getting Help on Permaculture Projects thread.
 
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Thank you. I'm in contact now with more permaculture people through Facebook. There are some Dutch groups there about permaculture in general, food-foresting and other related subjects.
Norway is Europe too, but all countries are different. Maybe eco-villages are not (yet) here, because of the very strict laws on building/housing in the Netherlands. There are some urban and local food-forests, maintained by groups of people. Also in my town we have plans to start a project in which permaculture is embedded.
 
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Sorry about that. I accidentally thought about the wrong country on the map. There are more ecovillages in the Netherlands than Norway. They can be found in the relevant map that i added a hyperlink to in the earlier post.

I'm glad to hear that you are finding people in your country that can you talk with!

Please keep us posted on the permaculture project that is going on in your town. A great place to keep the permies community up to date on projects is by starting a thread in the projects subforum.
 
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Thanks Dave. I had a look at the map now. I see the closest by is Zwolle (15 minutes by train from here), but it's not a real 'eco-village'. Someone living there has her PDC and designed some community gardens.
This week I'll be visiitng my daughter in Zwolle. Maybe we'll have a look at such a (permaculture) community garden. Probably my daughter knows where they are.
 
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You're welcome. I hope your search for a permaculture community goes well. If all else fails, there is the permies community online and people to get in touch with through Permaculture Global.

Please keep us posted on permaculture developments in your area!
 
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Dag Inge,

We're in Zutphen, so not far from you. Started our project last year on 400m2 or so. Small food forest, annuals and perrenial planting.

Still finding our way, but enjoying the journey.


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Hi Rus,

Zutphen is an ideal town (and surroundings) for permaculture. Already many people living there are interested in a sustainable way of living. You'll probably find your way there! I have not been there for many years. Maybe now I started practicing permaculture I have a reason to visit Zutphen again.

My town Meppel is not yet used to permaculture. But I found out the group of interested people is growing, and there is the will to start a community project.

Yesterday I was at Zwolle. My daughter lives there. We made a bicycle tour and had a view at the 'earthship' building in the park Nooterhof.
 
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Hi folks,

Ivar from Arnhem here.
I just came back from Wageningen where a group of people living in a forrest as permie as they can.
They started building a earthship-ish struckture and my roll is building a Rocket Mass Heater in there.
Fantastic site and very challenging project for me aswelk hence its my first RMH I ever build.

Will post a link later with the building process documented.
They have a permagarden allready and live more or less independed / off grid.
Check out www.partijvoordeplanten.nl for some info about them.

As soon as I have a bit more time I will check out your projects too.

Saludos de Arnhem.
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Thank you Ivar. This is interesting.
 
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have you heard of the living village, levende dorp. and or ecotribe teuge ?
 
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Yes Ben, I heard about both. When possible I want to have a look at the Living Village. Interesting to 'grow' living houses!
 
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News from Meppel: the 'Permacultuur Meppel' project has started! It's great we got permission of Town Council to start a community garden in a corner of the park nearby! Last Friday we visited the permaculture vegetable garden of Transition Town Vollenhove (another small town in the region). We were with 8 from Meppel and 2 from Vollenhove. I'll show you; this is Ineke from Vollenhove telling us all about the garden.

And here you see some people in Meppel doing observations in the park.


More news will follow ...
 
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Sorry ... I put the thread about my garden in the Projects, Urban Forum: http://www.permies.com/t/48736/urban/Permaculture-small-Dutch-town
 
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It has been (too) long since I posted in this thread.
How are the other Dutch Permies (and non-Dutch Permies living in the Netherlands) doing?

Permaculture is surely growing here. In Meppel the community garden is doing well and is extended with a narrow 'food forest strip'. Now in winter there isn't much activity, but of course there are plans for the new season. Last year (April) the seed and cuttings swap day was a great success, so there will be such a day again (probably each year).

With help of three friends I had my garden shed demolished, to make room for growing more edible plants in the back yard. This first year I'll plant annual vegetables in added soil and compost and do a lot of mulching and chop & drop. There was no real soil, it's very sandy. Maybe next autumn I'll start making some more hugelkultur-like beds for planting perennials. In the front yard, where I started with a herb-spiral four years ago I did some interesting experiments (see one of my other threads). It's still a 'future miniature permaculture food forest'. The yield exists mostly of berries, but trees are growing.

During this non-gardening season I am doing my best to apply all I learned on permaculture principles by writing a book. This is going to be a 'different' kind of book. I am writing it with young people in mind (teenagers, young adults), who might have heard the word 'permaculture', but do not really know it. It's a fiction story in which different aspects of permaculture are explained in a 'hidden' way. Not all about gardening, maybe even more on the social side of permaculture. My goal is to write (re-write, correct, and illustrate) all the story during this year and then to publish the book next year. If you're interested, there's a FB-page (in Dutch): https://www.facebook.com/Tanyashuisje/
 
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