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I started out in academia studying global environmental change and climate change in the past in the tropics, then worked in various places, longest in Papua New Guinea in environmental conservation, farmer-to-farmer training, and rural "development". Quit all that because of the ethical minefield and started to retrain in permaculture and holistic approaches to ecological regeneration, in Mexico and Central America. Wanting to gain the experience and connect with community to apply these approaches more specifically to regeneration of degraded lands in communities with fewer economic resources. Recently lived for 2+ years in Cuba.
Apart from my native English, I am fluent in Spanish (and German and Neo-Melanesian Pidgin!).
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Recent posts by helen perks

Hi Connie, Just wondering where things are at now! I lived in PNG 2003-2009 and there is not a day goes by where I don't think of the place, but I have not been back since. There really should be lots of agroforestry options, both building on traditional polycultures with trees, incorporating "mainstream" modern agroforestry practices carried out in PNG, and ....working with syntropic farming, which although knowledge and (in early years) labour intensive, can give incredible results.
1 year ago
Writing this here seems unchartered territory, but...here goes...Single female, 55, grew up in UK, currently based in Portugal living in a camper. Has kicked around the world a lot over the past decades. Special places spent more years include Papua New Guinea and Cuba. Looking for someone to build and create with and live embedded in the land and all of the life that it holds...going deeper into being fully alive in this world. Sometimes in Guinea-Bissau, planting in the villages, in the islands, on the mainland. Agroforestry and syntropic farming. Abundance. Ability to laugh often at life, the universe and the wonder of it all.

Look up Jaime Otero Páramo and Proyecto Dispersor on social media, etc. Syntropic farming, food forests, regen ag, etc. etc. in Galicia. A wealth of knowledge and contacts.
1 year ago
Hi Bill,

I am actually at this moment in the UK, but just visiting family briefly after time in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, then to southern Spain, then Cuba...then...I move around a lot, but am looking for a base for about half of the year and the rest of the time to be working in the Global South, probably Guinea-Bissau and perhaps Mexico and Peru. I spent 7 years in the US, but back in the 90s. Just some visits to New England and an over-winter. It's quite hard for me to get a visa for repeated longer stays in the US, but perhaps there would be ways. Where are you?
5 years ago
Hi Melanie, I only just came across your post and it is now from several years ago! How are you going there and are you still looking for people to contribute to what you are creating? I hope that it has all been going well!!!
5 years ago
Hey Jack,
You first posted this several months ago so things might have moved along since then, but if you are still looking and just in general if you want to share more about what you are doing then I would love to talk with you! I'm currently looking for a base in southern Spain for at least half of the year, while trying to build projects in Guinea-Bissau (and perhaps Mexico and Peru). In the past 6 months, I've spent much of the time volunteering at a site near Motril learning more about syntropic farming in a Mediterranean context. I am about to return to a site in the Sierra de Cádiz for 6 weeks to volunteer and try to do some designs of degraded arroyo areas there. I am networked in some with the SE Spain permaculture network REPESEI and the new association for the Ecosystem Restoration Camps, but still looking for a base and community. My email is helenaperksatyahoo.com
5 years ago
Hi Brody, they all sound like good ideas. Do it! Ask yourself each day what you can do that day to move closer to doing what you want to be doing.
5 years ago
Hi! Is anyone out there working in or know people working in Guinea-Bissau?
5 years ago
Thanks so much for these replies. No, the author shouldn't be getting any less from the sale of their book. I have been thinking about the idea of building an online bookstore that is permaculture books, which I would like to use to raise money for land regeneration projects. I have access to a very good website resource for this, but don't have suppliers of these types of books. Dropshippers sell at wholesale prices and also do all the shipping for you. On my site, the books are at their "normal retail" prices. It is not really like using an affiliate program and there would be too many titles to contact individual publishers. I am still learning on all of this. I have seen a few permaculture books on one dropshipper's site where they had a gardening section, but I would like to have a fairly large selection. It's just an idea I have been playing with and I would need to market/advertise it well. I just thought that it would be a great way to raise money for such projects and to have a place where people could go to to source these books all in one place (and probably a wider range than Chelsea Green).
6 years ago
Hi, this might be a bit random, but I am wondering if anyone out there knows a good source for permaculture books that provides a dropshipping service (i.e., you link your site to theirs and they do the shipping when someone orders from you)? I am thinking about the viability of setting up an online permaculture (and more general gardening, sustainable living, etc.) bookstore to raise funds for ecological regeneration projects in the Global South. I don't really know it the market would be big enough, if people would be attracted to buying from the site knowing that a large proportion of the funds would be going to such projects, and if I can source the books easily (they can be both physical products and also in e-book format). Is it a crazy idea? Building the site is not difficult, but I am not sure if the market would be large enough and if I could source the books for this purpose. Thoughts and comments very welcome!
6 years ago