Catalysing Change Week | 1–5 May 2023

Solutions from the Frontlines

Permaculture/ Eco-Friendly Agriculture: The Case of Nepal

11 May 2022 | 10:30 - 11:30 CEST
Storytelling Session Almost Heaven Farms is a permaculture demonstration, training, research and resource center based out of Ilam, Nepal in the eastern hillside of the Himalayas. AHF supports farming communities transition to Regenerative Agriculture, restoring local soils, water sources and ecologies. Much more than only organic farming and beyond sustainability, we work with farmers to adapt to climate change and join the global effort to repair the damage done to the earth. Zachary is a permaculture designer, activist and teacher who has been living in Nepal since 2003. In 2005, he founded the Kamala Foundation, an organistion committed to bringing the principles of permaculture to life and providing community-based programming to cultivate resilience and revitalize traditional and ecological ways of being. He established Almost Heaven Farm in 2013, where he researches, demonstrates and trains local farmers and international visitors in permaculture design, earth-based building and ecological restoration. Specializing in program design and implementation, Zachary has worked in communities across Nepal and was instrumental in co-founding the Resilience Through Recovery Project, which employed permaculture techniques to help villages recover from the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Zachary’s vision is informed by the notion that to empower the powerless one must work to ‘create a million villages to replace nation states’ (Bill Mollison). He is currently working to develop a network of communities committed to regenerative development across the Himalayan bioregion.

The hosts

Zachary Barton Rajendra Uprety

Sustainable development goals

GOAL 13: Climate Action GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

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