• Design for Sustainability
    and Organic Food Systems

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For Migrants, Refugees and Sicilian Youth

17 Oct - 18 Nov 2016
Comunale di Floridia, Viale Turati, Floridia, Sicily

Presented by Sicilia Integra, Gaia Education, University of Catania and Passwork

An Official Contribution to the United Nations SDGs

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A 5-week practical course designed to provide the knowledge and practical skills on regenerative and organic farming techniques in the context of the three dimensions of sustainability– environment, society and economy, with culture as an underlying dimension.

The course draws on the experience developed in a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and transition settings across the Earth and in the context of the booming Sicilian organic agriculture.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approaches will support migrants and unemployed youth to reflect and act on viable alternatives towards food security while promoting good food and healthy diets, strengthening local economies and sustaining small enterprises and the viability of small farms.

It is expected that the combined tools of an interactive curriculum and a series of pilot activities will support a pathway for migrants and unemployed youth to develop new skills, improve their social status, create sustainable communities and enter the organic agriculture regional and European job market.

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Week 1 - Social Design

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May East, Chief Executive Gaia Education, Findhorn Ecovillage supported by Caterina Timpanaro and Vincenzo Santiglia

Week 2 - Economic Design

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Massimo Candela, President Italian Permaculture Academy, Ecovillage Torri Superiore


Week 3 - Ecological Design

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John Button, Permaculture Designer Educator, experience in 30 countries, 5 continents


Week 4/5 - Organic Food Systems

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Prof Paolo Guarnaccia, Department of Agriculture University of Catania

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