[permaculture] Kickoff Africa to Brazil Event/March 20, 3:30-5:30pm/Pascucci's Restaurant Santa Barbara CA USA

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at silcom.com
Tue Mar 20 12:24:58 EDT 2007

Hi Everyone-

This is it!  Our kickoff event to tell the Santa Barbara community 
about our effort to bring 4 members of the Food & Trees for Africa 
(FTFA) to the International Permaculture Conference in Brazil (IPC8) 
www.ipc8.org at Pascucci's Restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara (see 
below for details). If you can not attend please see end of email on 
how to make a donation.

We really believe in this one!  If you've ever wanted to support SB 
Permaculture Network and the work we do, this is the time.  We love 
the idea of lot's of members participating by sending donations of 
$5, $10, $20, they all add up.  Large or small donations lovingly 
accepted.  Remember that the global permaculture movement exists 
solely as a result of hundreds of individuals working hard to create 
positive solutions for this world, for the most part without any 
substantial (or any) support from large institutions, corporations or 

If you want to hear more about the International Permaculture 
Conference and the extraordinary work that Food & Trees for Africa 
does, go to an interview on A Sustainable World Radio last week with 
FTFA founder Jeunesse Parks: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=22251

Thanks for your support, Margie Bushman & Wes Roe
Fundraiser Event @ Pascucci's Restaurant
729 State Street
Tues, March 20, 3:30-5pm

         Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as we raise 
funds to bring four members of Food & Trees for Africa from South 
Africa to Brazil for the 8th International Permaculture Conference, 
with a kick-off fundraiser event at Pascucci's restaurant.  The event 
will take place on Tue, March 20th, from 3:30-5pm with appetizers and music.

         In 2005, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network traveled to 
Croatia to attend the 7th International Permaculture 
Conference.  Permaculture practitioners, teachers and organizations 
had gathered from around the world to share experiences, knowledge 
and projects.  At the conference it was realized that many from cash 
poor, but tradition and skills rich countries such as Vietnam, 
Cambodia, Honduras, and many countries in Africa, were unable attend 
simply due to lack of funds.  A challenge was given to all in 
attendance to commit to bring some of these under-represented 
countries to the next conference.  Santa Barbara Permaculture Network 
chose South Africa, and an organization called Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA).

         Food & Trees For Africa (www.trees.co.za) is an exemplary 
organization bringing tree planting and permaculture to townships and 
rural areas of South Africa since 1990. FTFA has assisted tens of 
thousands of people by greening unhealthy, denuded and degraded 
landscapes through diverse programs including national school garden 
competitions, community gardens and urban forestry projects. FTFA 
extended its operations to assist organizations working in the field 
of HIV/AIDS, helping to reduce the potentially devastating effects of 
the disease by establishing permaculture food growing projects at 
clinics, schools and in public open spaces.

         The kick-off event at Pascucci's will offer the community a 
chance to hear more about the people of FTFA and their work.  An 
event donation of $5 is suggested, with opportunities to contribute 
more later if inclined.  Needed for travel expense to Brazil and the 
conference is $3000 for each member of FTFA.  The group will share 
their experiences with donors as they travel..

         The International Permaculture Conferences are held 
bi-annually, discussing world issues in the framework of 
Permaculture.  The theme for this years conference is "Greening the 
Economy", with a world (public) conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  It 
will be followed by a four day working convergence with members 
discussing issues from permanent agriculture, urban design, 
economical systems, and bioregionalism, with the exchange of 
experience of actual projects a pivotal point. A week tour of the 
Amazon River Basin is also planned.

         Permaculture is a design system based on ecological 
principles for creating sustainable human environments.  In 1978 
there was nothing quite like Permaculture, twenty-eight years later 
Permaculture laps the globe, with over 4000 projects in 120 
countries. Originally coined from the words PERMAnent agriCULTURE, it 
has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture with 
consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns of nature.

         For those unable to attend the event but would like to 
contribute, donations may be made to: Santa Barbara Permaculture 
Network 501(c), (designate FTFA), PO Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA, 
93190.  If you would like to make a donation by Credit Card/ATM 
please go to International Permaculture Conference and Conference 
webpage (www.ipc8.org/payments) and specify your donations is 
for  FTFA (payment will go directly them).

         The event takes place at Pascucci's Restaurant, 729 State 
Street, on Tue, March 20, 3:30-5pm, no reservations are necessary. 
For more information; 805-962-2571, margie at sbpermaculture.org, 
www.sbpermaculture.org. Co-sponsors for the event are Sustainable 
World Radio KCSB 91.9fm, IPC8 www.ipc8.org, and Hopedance Media.


Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571
P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
margie at sbpermaculture.com

"We are like trees, we must create new leaves, in new directions, in 
order to grow." - Anonymous

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