Posts Tagged ‘sustainable model’

In Focus: Permaculturist Rico Zook Projects,Part I

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Today we focus on the projects of Permaculture Specialist Rico Zook. His more than two decades of experience spans permaculture designs to promote enhanced living conditions through the fruitful collaboration of people and nature. He works with communities, large and small, including NGOs to find solutions to restoring and preserving natural ecosystems for better food productions and land restoration.  With these partnerships, they implement community building and development through permaculture workshops, and apply permaculture principles in demonstration sites. Click here for his complete bio.

Harmony Farm – Beng Melea, Cambodia

In 2009, Mr. Zook taught a permaculture design class sponsored at Singing Tree Café in Siem Rep in which a local farm/orphanage in Beng Mealea called Harmony Farm participated. After the workshop, the farm implemented many of the permaculture concepts to help improve operations at the farm – through better planting and infrastructure designs.

Permaculture in Cambodia with Rico Zook from AstralJester on Vimeo.

Harmony Farm is a local Khmer run NGO  in Beng Mealea that provides housing, care and education for 18 orphans and participates in local community building. The farm is composed of:

- a children’s centre (orphanage)

- learning centre (where classes/ recreational activities are held for local rural and village kids)

- general garden/farm area for organic food production and permaculture designed infrastructure.

The NGO is funded through donations, grants and fees charged for program participation.


The farm aims for sustainable living not only for itself but for the local community, through nurturing disadvantaged children’s development and using permaculture as a tool for self sufficiency.


Little by little, Harmony farm has achieved its goals with partnerships and volunteers, as well as the cooperation of everybody on the farm. Completed projects include:

- Compost Toilet Construction

- Village House and Classroom Construction

- Village Office Construction

- Fence

- Pond and Road Construction

- Land Purchase


- Solar Facility for Village Location

- Daily Breakfast Program for Local Village Children

-  Chicken Yard with Chicks

Future Plans

- House for Children and Staff at Harmony Farm (Budget: $21,900)

- School for Children at Harmony Farm

- Environment and Conservation Program

- Biodigester and Pig Yard

Harmony Farm Needs You

The farm is always open to volunteers, donations and grants.

Contact Info


Farm Director: Vannak: (855) 11 805 665

More info:

Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG)

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

(Source: Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG) )

Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG) is a national non-government organization (NGO) composed of different members of sustainable agriculture, development and permaculture groups in Nepal.  They are also affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC). Founded in 1992, they aim to spread permaculture principles in the country. The organization’s mission is to develop a self-sustaining society through sustainable development practices.


- Holds workshops, press conferences, rallies and publications to further its vision

- Expand members’ knowledge through training and exposure

- Organize seminars and training on Sustainable Agriculture and Permaculture

- Produce English and Nepali Permaculture literature

- Establish a database of Permaculture resources

- Document and interface traditional social systems with Permaculture knowledge

- Research and develop activities on Permaculture and sustainable development


At present these are the successful projects already completed:

- Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (PSAN)

In cooperation with Inter-Church Action (Canada), and the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), the NGO spearheaded farmer training and trainer training in various localities around the country. They built 30 learning centers, conducted conferences and workshops on sustainable farming. These centers are now used as model farms.

- Permaculture Promotion in Kaski

Together with the World Vision International Nepal Kaski (WVIN-Kaski), NPG conducted livelihood educational projects in different farming communities, including permaculture design courses and design training.

- Seed for Survival (SFS)

This project aimed to promote genetic diversity in four ethnic communities to improve food production. Educational emphasis was placed on farm agrobiodiversity and conservation through the sharing of skills, local practices and knowledge. As an extension of the program, livelihood training was also added to help the local economy generate employment and micro-enterprise opportunities.

- Food Security, Organic Agriculture (OA) and Local Market Devt. Workshop

An Organic Agriculture workshop promoting technical knowledge for food production and marketing organic products was launched with funding from EED (Germany) and UCN (Netherlands).

- Promoting Organic Agriculture for Food Security in Nepal (POAF)

POAF is still underway in the central region to address food security issues in local food production. Its objective is to promote organic technologies and production methods along with a strong marketing system.

MAIN Program Details

1. Network/Policy Advocacies

NPG is active in policy making related to permaculture and sustainable development.

2. National Permaculture Forums/ General Assemblies

The organizational network is dedicated to establishing a national forum to address food security and climate change on a national level.

3. Training

The National Permaculture Group offers sustainable agriculture/ permaculture courses nationwide to develop environmental and social consciousness. These include: Basic and Advanced Permaculture design, Training for trainers, Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Agriculture courses.

4. Promotion

The organization also works with different certification and inspection bodies to advance its vision. They partner with Organic Certification Nepal (OCN) and the Nepal Organic Inspector’s Association (NORIA) to implement permaculture model projects, farm design and community development work.

NPG Needs You

They offer volunteer opportunities to anyone interested in their causes. Click here for more information.

Contact Info

Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG)

Central Secretariat

GPO Box: 8132, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: +977-1-4252597,

Fax: +977-1-4419284 (Attn.)