Perennials Resilience
 

Upcoming Symposium

The Potential of Perennials for Food System Resilience

Date: SATURDAY, April 7th 2018, 9:00 – 17:00

Main Symposium with Stakeholders from Science, Civil Society, Private Sector and Government

  1. The potential of perennial plant communities for soil restoration, water protection and biodiversity
  2. The contribution of perennials for food system resilience and decentralized food systems with local business opportunities
  3. Connecting representatives across the science-agriculture-food-value-chain to catalyze transdisciplinary collaboration on a new paradigm for regenerative agriculture and food system resilience

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About

Why this is relevant

Soil is the earth’s fragile skin that anchors the basis of our life. Increased demand for agriculture commodities generates soil degradation beyond the soil’s ability to maintain itself. A new paradigm in agriculture that combines soil restoration, biodiversity, water circulation and productivity for food production is urgently needed.

Perennial plant communities are one key integral part of regenerative agriculture.  They have a potential to support:

  1. Soil regeneration
  2. Biodiversity
  3. Healthy water cycles
  4. CO2-storage
  5. Resilient decentral food systems

Perennial vegetables for food system resilience

Only 12 plant species (and 5 animal species) account for 70% of total nutrition (ProSpezieRara Germany 2014). There is a huge untapped potential of perennial vegetables to support food diversity and resilient food systems.

Cattail, Welsh Onion, Alpine garlic, Caucasian spinach, Udo, Large-leaf Hosta, Daylily, Greater Sea Kale, American hog-peanut, Judas Tree and many, many more wait to be explored.

 

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Program

08:15

Registration & Tea


08:45

Opening

Nadine Stanilewicz, Nada`s World


09:00

Why are we here?

Matthias Brück, perMatur


09:15

Inspiration for edible Perennials:

A paradigm shift towards regenerative agriculture and resilient food systems

Stephen Barstow, Edimentals

Joe Hollis, Mountaingardens

Filipe Pasini, Life in Syntropy


10:30

Break & Perennial Life Experience


11:00

From Listening to Insight

Parallel Breakout Sessions

Methodology: Collective Story Harvesting

What conditions do we need to create so that we as farmers, scientists, civil society, entrepreneurs, cooks, etc. can collectively explore the potential of perennials for food resilience.


12:30

Celebrating Edible Perennials

Matthias Brück

and the Cooking Team


12:40

Lunch & Perennial Life Experience


14:00

From Insight to Learning

Insights from the Morning Breakout Sessions


14:15

From Pioneers to Sciences

And from Academia to Practice

Barbara Herren, World Agroforestry Center

Emilia Schmitt, Geography of Food ZHAW

Christian Andres, Fibl / ETH

Felipe Pasini, Life in Syntropy


15:10

Break& Perennial Life Experience


15:30

Parallel Breakout Session

What conditions do we need to create so that we as farmers, scientists, civil society, entrepreneurs, cooks, etc. can collectively create possibilities for regenerative agriculture and resilient food-systems?


16:30

Feedback from the Breakout Sessions

From Learning to Action


17:00

Closing

Nadine Stanilewicz, Nada`s World


 
 
 

Initiators

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Katharina Serafimova

www.katharinaserafimova.com

mail@katharinaserafimova.com

+41 (0)79 341 97 79

 
 
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Matthias Brück

www.permatur.org

info@permatur.org

+41 (0)76 582 83 87

 
 
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Heiko Specking

www.specking.ch

engage@specking.ch

+41 76 575 52 28

 
 
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Stephen Barstow

www.edimentals.com

sbarstow2@gmail.com

 
 
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Patrick Honauer

www.bachsermaert.ch

 
 

Partners

We would like to enable participation without any financial barriers. We are thankful to our partners for supporting this symposium. Nevertheless expenses accumulate. This is why we would like to encourage you to contribute towards this initiative as you think fit.

 

Projektfonds rundumkultur / "Perennials Symposium"
Stiftung Freie Gemeinschaftsbank, 4002 Basel
IBAN CH26 0839 2000 0282 2031 5
Konto 40-963-0
BCL 8392

 

 

 

 

 
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Registration

 

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Location

Kapuzinerkloster & Garten

Mürgstrasse 18

6370 Stans

Switzerland

 

Hours

Sat, 7th Apr.`18, 9 am – 17 pm

 

Contact

potential@perennials-resilience.org