Permaculture Education Park

Permaculture Education Park

Aviva Retreat Center together with members of the surrounding community in Florianópolis, Brazil are in the process of creating a Permaculture Education Park for children of all ages (including the 100 years old ones ;-) Aviva has donated a 5,000 square meter plot of land near the beach, and is registering the land with the city as an Urban Park. The park will incentive visitors to actively engage in permaculture activities so as to learn in a hands-on way how humans can understand and work with nature’s existing processes to help delicate ecosystems recover and thrive more quickly and to a greater degree. The park will offer various stations focused on different aspects of the permaculture process, from composting and soil preparation to planting and harvesting from edible food gardens, and will also touch on topics such as water captivation, resource conservation and ecological waste treatment, in each case through functioning exhibits and practical models. The educational aspects of the park will be managed and operated by Instituto Çarakura (www.carakura.org.br), a grass roots environmental restoration institute which has a strong background in environmental education. Upon opening (projected for December of 2020), the project’s goal is to receive at least one school per week from the local surrounding communities in greater Florianopolis. Public school students will be hosted free of charge, while private schools will pay a nominal fee per student. The park will also be open on weekends to the general public, whose admission fees will help to subsidize the free or low cost admissions for the students. The project, which already is backed by a number of volunteers and donors, is also requesting support from the SEEDS community, which will allow the project to expand the number of people who are called to contribute to the creation of the park, thereby enriching it as an even more collaborative and community-based endeavor.