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We Are Ultuna Permakultur!

The reason we at Ultuna Permakultur exist is found in the realm of politics. But it is not manifested in that realm, rather it is manifested in the natural world. In the forests that have turned silent as birds disappear, in the oceans where pollution is as common as fish and in the cities where nutritious food is scarce and a privilege for the few. The collapse of our environment forces us to act. For Ultuna Permakultur that does not mean short-sighted and narrow-minded solutions. We believe that the holistic mindset is a requirement to save and regenerate our beautiful planet and all of its lovely ecosystems. While the garden does not hold an all-conquering solution, many gardens like ours could together localize food production while boosting biodiversity and sequestering carbon. The fact that we build soil while doing this is another proof of the many benefits that gardens like ours have. But our purpose does not stop at one garden, we wish to spread our concept across Sweden and beyond, starting with greening our major cities and providing its citizens with yummy and nutritious food by creating resilient ecosystems to allow mother earth and her inhabitants to recover. Join our vision an help build this necessary movement!

 

Ultuna Permakultur Board ​

 Chairman & Founder

5 years of studying our environmental issues from a natural as well as social science perspective has made my fingers itch! Learning and understanding is great but now the time for action has come. I believe in holistic solutions, in a frame of mind that doesn’t solve one isolated problem by creating 100 new ones. Naturally, I took interest in Permaculture. A philosophy, design tool and lifestyle that is truly open for interpretation. For me though, it means drawing inspiration from the natural world and its amazing ecosystems and designing the layers of society so that they fit well within our ecological boundaries based on the inspiration that nature provides. That design can span from highly political maneuvers to growing basil at you balcony. Our very own public garden is the first real solution to our problems that I have the privilege of being a part of. The prospect of opening people’s eyes to permaculture and holistic thinking through yummy fruits and vegetables excites me a great deal!

William Whitman

Chair of garden unit and Founder

I want to live my life looking through the lens of nature! Every mountain I climb, every river I have crossed, every sumry meadow I've dived into my understanding of the natural world and our connection to it grows. And with a light heart i can say with confidence that the solutions for the problems of our time lies in the way you look at the world around you! Taking one piece of the planet, a lifeless lawn and turning it into an oasis of tasty, nutritious food that reconnects humans to nature is a thrilling thought! It is also a way of sending a political message, that our needs as a species might not be met by ever more amounts of gadgets but of friends, nature and homegrown tomatoes! And what a fun way to save the world, by eating great food!

Samuel Törner

Secretary

Hi there! I'm Sam and I grew up in the small town of Malung. When I was a kid my family spent a lot of time in nature, walking, picking berries, fishing and planting. On my fifth birthday my mum and dad took me deep into a forest to pick cloudberries, I sat there angry while they were circling around me like crazy people because they had found so many of these golden berries in the same area. Their laughing made me even more angry because I really didn’t want to pick berries… on MY birthday(!) and I felt like they were laughing at my frustration. 


Fast-forward and I’m 16 years old. Mum and dad are in the garden piecing together the new greenhouse. In the following years with their increasing skill we get more and more fresh and uniquely tasty vegetables and fruits. I liked the vegetables, at least some of them, but again they made a choice that brought me lots of frustration. Now I needed to mind the damn greenhouse when I practiced soccer, cause as well as you now know that I’m not I was sure that if I trained hard enough I would become the next Maradonna.

Fast forward till today. No longer do I live in Malung. I have traveled a lot of the world, experienced many different cultures, tried and tested hundreds of new dishes and vegetables and shared thoughts and insights with thousands of people. 

One of the big realizations that I made through my journey is learning to appreciate nature, or rather, discovering my love for it that was always there. A beautiful sunset on the australian west coast, the organized chaos and symbiotic collaborations of Amazonas rainforest, to see a herd of kangaroos “running” away, glaciers of the alps, the woodland lake where we used to go fishing or the amazing smell of tomatoes in our greenhouse. Now more than ever I know how important nature is to me and I really think that we should care more for it and it’s ecology. 

That is important to me because I want the generations to come to have the time to do the same journey that I have done. To go from unknowingly spoiled to happily aware of what we’ve got. 

And I believe that if we want to make a switch to a more sustainable world we need to make our decisions on concepts which are built on fundamentals that can uphold these promises to begin with. It’s an alternative to today's way of thinking and acting in a sense that appeals to me and I do hope to you as well.

Rana Toprak

Garden unit

Hi! I'm Rana. I smile alot. 
Even though that introduction may have felt slightly weird, that's my message. I believe that we all need and deserve a true smile from within, and that this is best achieved through gaining appreciation of- and perspective on our world. I study landscape architecture in order to spread this realisation, by creating environments that bring people tranquility and let them see all that our nature has to offer. When we truly feel that we're a part of something this beautiful and when we feel the impact that nature has on us, I believe that we reach a higher ground. We gather together- rather than isolate ourselves- and our perspective changes. We realize that our nature will not last forever, and that it's our reward to be a part of something this elaborate, for as long as we care for it. This gets us filled with the energy that makes us want to work hard. I thrive on that. 
I am one of the landscape architects in the garden unit of this project. Every single day on this journey, I learn about permaculture and I see that it is the essence of what I have believed and talked about all along! It is the best way of really taking care of nature, thereby, ourselves and I feel very privileged to take part in a step this big.

Sanaz Kalantari

Garden unit

Hello everyone! I am a proud member of the Garden Unit and I am studying to become a landscape architect. I am originally from Iran and as a child, I encountered organically homegrown fruits and vegetables on the daily. We had a family-garden where we used to go, to plant and harvest our own crops to then start a grill and hang out. These times were valuable experiences to me both socially and by interacting with nature. Since then I’ve always carried the urge to keep those times alive, which I now have gotten the opportunity to do and spread through permaculture! 


Prior to becoming part of this group, I was not as deeply familiar with the concept of permaculture as I have now become. Upon working with this group of culturally and academically diverse people, I have begun to understand what permaculture entails on a national as well as a global level. I believe that by spreading the permaculture-concept  we can bond people with each other and with nature. And that guides us to a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle.

Pia Karlsson

Garden unit

Sebastian Wallberg

Communication unit

I’m a 24 year old guy from Uppsala, currently doing my first year studying agriculture with a focus on rural development. The term Permaculture is somewhat new for me but I love to learn so my includement in this project will not only provide me with new information regarding permaculture but will also act as an outlet for my creative side. I’m a part of the communications unit, which thus far has been a wonderful experience since the entire board shares the same passion and commitment as I do, which is something I value highly. I’ve only been a part of smaller projects before and hope to continue working with permaculture in the future. What the future holds for the communications unit is hard to say, but everything we’ve been discussing for 2020 and forward is promising and I have no doubt that we’ll continue our work with communication, marketing and making sure that the message of permaculture is spread.

Niklas Koserius

Communication unit

I'd never heard about Permaculture until just before we started this project. To me it seems that Permaculture is a great mindset for working with the local resources we have a avaliable and trying to alleviate climate change. It also leads to an interesting way of looking at things, at all the possibilities around you. Permaculture seems to me to be more about working together than anything else.  I have a background in rhetoric and literary studies which I hope will help me in being able to communicate how fun it is to build your own permaculture garden.

Alexandros Chouvardas

Communication unit

My name is Alexandros Chouvardas. Thirsty for knowledge as I am, I grasped the opportunity to both contribute and learn from Ultuna Permakultur, while attempting to connect all that I learned both in my master's in environmental communication and in my agricultural family background. If we are to solve the key environmental issues that arise we need to explore options that address them. Options like permakultur and perhaps as citizens engage ourselves in new models of food production.

Wanna Join The Movement?

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Join the board!

We are always interested in talent! So if you are interested in real sustainability, in holistic thinking, change-making, friendly activism, politics, gardening, the future, democracy, discussion, community building, or friendship? If you are interested in any or in all of those, we have a project that can suffice your desires for change! Together we're growing a permaculture garden and a community. But more importantly, we are nurturing ourselves to grow as people and professional changemakers. The world needs leaders with holistic mindsets. Interested? Great! Send an email and let us know!

Become an ambassador

Arrheniusplan at Ultuna campus is not only a place for us where we can showcase the power of holistic thinking and permaculture among other ambitions. it is also a place where we can meet people, chat about the world and learn from each other. if you don't have the time to be a board member then maybe you want to become an ambassador. as an ambassador you get to help out in establishing and maintaining the garde, a great learning process. You will also have som exclusive offers once we start harvesting. Most important though is that you get to meet new people who are passionate about the creation of a more permanent culture. Please contact us and join the movement!

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