Summer 2014!!

The wait and deliberation is over.'Urban Agriculture - Permaculture and Local Food Systems' will be held this summer. Yippee!

Mark Wilson will no longer be working with the course, and therefore a new coordinator position has been announced. If you would like to apply for that position, or others at Cemus, you must apply no later than midnight on Wednesday, March 19 -

To apply as a student for the course, you can do so here - . For guaranteed admission, make sure you apply before Monday, March 17!

Any questions or comments can be directed to



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Practical Info – Study visits weeks 1 – 3

**For all events wear shoes and clothes which you don't mind getting dirty

Wednesday, June 12

13:15-16:00 Flogsta Food - Flogstavägen 81 - map

We will depart together from Blåsenhus after Daniel's lecture. One group will take bikes, while the others the bus.We will have fika too, so bring anything you may want to share.

Monday, June 17

Immediately following the lecture (ending at 13:00) we will together walk down to Valegården - map - for lunch. There will be vegetarian lunch available for 40kr, bring cash! If you want to bring your own lunch you may obviously do so, but try to bring something which doesn't need microwaving if possible.

Wednesday, June 19

The lecture and the practical workshop will both be held at 4H Gränby - map. There are no options for buying food in Gränby, so if you want to stay for the workshop, which we highly recommend, please bring food to share. Lecture will start at 10:00 sharp, so make sure you are on time!

Monday, June 24

Following Joel's lecture, we will visit Gottsunda Matparken for a tour and a wild design exercise. In case you are joining us there, the site is found approximately here (it is out in the field to the east of the map marker) - map. Those going to the lecture will have the option to bike or take the bus directly from class with Chris and Mark.


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New schedule posted

The newest and most updated version of the course schedule has now been posted. See you Monday, June 10 at 10:00 at Blåsenhus, Sal 12:128!

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Course schedule 2013

Hej new students! We are currently in discussions with a range of different lecturers for this summer's course. At this moment we are preliminarily looking to have classes on the following dates:

June 10, 11, 12; June 17, 18, 19; June 24, 25, 26; August 5, 6 ,7; August 12, 14.

In terms of class times, refer to the 2012 schedule which should give you an accurate idea. As soon as we have a more exact schedule it will be posted here, so check back in. Any questions or comments can be directed to Mark or Chris at

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Urban Agriculture – Permaculture and Local Food Systems 2013 – apply now!

It is now currently possible to apply for the 2013 summer course Urban Agriculture - Permaculture and Local Food Systems. To do so, just log-in to your personal profile at then search for 'permakultur' and make sure to choose 'sommar 2013'. This link should also work to lead you to the course -

More news about this summer's course will be posted here shortly. Until then, best of luck, hope to see you this summer and make sure you let us know if you have any questions or issues with registration. --

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UAG 2014 Lecture Presentations

June 9

UAG Course Intro Presentation 2014

June 10

Systems Thinking and Sustainable Development- Ingrid Moum Rieser

June 11

Rebecka Milestad - Local Food Systems: a strategy for sustainable development?

Aksel Naerstad - Global Food Systems and Food Sovereignty

June 16

Urban Farming - Margareta Stuguland & Christian Odberger

From Seed to Seed - Basic Plant Knowledge. Margareta Stuguland & Christian Odberger

June 17

Intro to Permaculture Part 1 - Martin Gustafsson & Christopher Wegweiser

June 18

Intro to Permaculture Part 2 - Martin Gustafsson & Christopher Wegweiser

June 24

Applied Permaculture Rikkenstorp - Joel Holmdahl

Agroforestry - Joel Holmdahl

June 25

In Transition for Resilience - Emilia Rekestad


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UAG 2014 Course Literature – Reference List

Compulsory Literature - Books

Please note: two copies each of the compulsory course books, and one copy of the supporting course books, are in the Cemus library. These books are for reference use in the library, but are not available to be loaned out. 

  • Roberts, Paul, 2008. The End of Food. London: Bloomsbury.

- - The End of Food is to be read in its entirety. Also, please read the prologue and chapters 1 - 4 by Seminar 1 on June 16 - -

  • Whitefield, Patrick, 2004. Earth Care Manual - A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and other Temperate Climates. East Meon: Permanent Publications.

- - Earth Care Manual is intended as a reference, not necessarily for you to read in its entirety. However, please read chapters 1 + 2 by June 17; and please read chapter 13 by June 24. - -

Suggested Literature – Books

The following books are recommended reading for completing the assignments as well as for further developing your understanding of the course subjects. It is not expected of you to read all of these, but some of them, or parts of some of them may be helpful or of interest to you.

  • Aranya, 2012. Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide. East Meon: Permanent Publications.

  • Holmgren, David, 2002. Permaculture, Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Hepburn, Victoria: Holmgren Design Services.

  • Pinkerton, Tamzin and Hopkins, Rob, 2009. Local Food - How to Make it Happen in Your Community. Totnes: Green Books Ltd.

  • Jeavons, John, 2012. How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine. New York: Ten Speed Press.

  • Gunnarsson, Elisabeth Svalin, 2012. I trädgårdsmästarens spår: Kunskap för en hållbar trädgård. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.

Compulsory and Suggested Readings, Videos and Podcasts

Week 1 - Compulsory

June 10 – Systems Thinking and Sustainable Development

Jacobus A. Du Pisani Professor of History (2006) Sustainable development – historical roots of the concept, Environmental Sciences, 3:2, 83-96

Meadows, Donella H. Excerpt from Thinking In Systems – Chapter 2: The Basics. 

What is Resilience? Stockholm Resilience Centre. Chapters 1-2.

Video - Johan Rockström - Let the Environment Guide Our Development

June 11 - Local Food Systems: Producer/Consumer relations

Edwards-Jones, Gareth et al. 2008. Testing the assertion that ‘local food is best’: the challenges of an evidence-based approach. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 19, pp.265-74.

June 11 - Global Food Systems and Food Sovereignty

Roberts, Paul. End of Food. Prologue and Chapters 1-2.

Video - Seeds of Freedom 

Week 1 - Suggested

LiteratureMeadows, Donella. Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.

Literature – Allen, Erika. Growing Community Food Systems. Post Carbon Reader.

Podcast - Carbon Farming with Connor Stedman

Video - Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities 

Video - Food Inc.

Week 2 - Compulsory

June 16 – Urban Agriculture

McClintock, Nathan, 2010. Why farm the city? Theorizing urban agriculture through a lens of metabolic rift. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3, pp. 191–207

Magid, Jakob, et al., 2006. Possibilities and barriers for recirculation of nutrients and organic matter from urban to rural areas: A technical theoretical framework applied to the medium-sized town Hillerød, Denmark. Ecological Engineering, 28, pp.44-54.

June 17 – Introduction to Permaculture 1

Whitefield, Patrick. Earth Care Manual. Chapters 1-2.

Holmgren, David, 2007. Essence of Permaculture - A Summary of Permaculture Concepts and Principles. Hepburn, Victoria: Holmgren Design Services.

June 18 – Introduction to Permaculture 2

Harper, Peter, 2013. Permaculture – The Big Rock Candy Mountain. The Land, 14. 

Week 2 - Suggested

Podcast - Whole Systems Design and the Resilient Farm with Ben Falk 

Video - Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change 

Videos - A permaculture garden setup on the Univ of Massachusetts campus-

Part 1 

Part 2 

Part 3 

Video - A Farm For the Future 

Week 3 - Compulsory

June 23 – Foodonomics: The Economics of Food in the XXIe Century

June 24 – Permaculture Design

Whitefield, Patrick. Earth Care Manual. Chapter 13.

June 24 - Agroforestry

Jacke, Dave and Toensmeier, Eric. 2005. Edible Forest Gardens - Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture. White River Junction, VT, USA: Chelsea Green Publishing. pp.25-39.

June 25 – In Transition for Resilience: What Creates Opportunities for Wholesome Sustainability?

Smith, Amanda, 2011. The Transition Town Network: A Review of Current Evolutions and Renaissance. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 10:01, pp.99-105

June 25 – Health and Connection to Nature

Shroeder 2008 - Felt Sense of Natural Environment 

Abram, David. 1997. The Spell of the Sensous, preface 

Week 3 - Suggested

Literature - Benyus, Janine. A Biomimicry Primer  

Literature - Abram, David. The Perceptual Implications of Gaia.

Link - Ask Nature 

Podcast - Agroforestry with Steve Gabriel

Video - Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA 

Video - Andrew Faust at Occupy Wall Street NYC - Consumer to Producer Cultures 

Video - Forks Over Knives (click the ab button to get rid of subtitles)

Week 4 & 5 - Compulsory

June 30 – Wild and Edible Plants

Pollan, Michael. Why Cook?

July 1 – Food Preservation

Sandor Katz, Wild Fermentation. Chapters 1 – 2.

Hemenway, Toby, 2005. Finding a sense of surplus. Permaculture Activist, 46, [online] Available at:

Week 4 & 5 – Suggested

Podcast - Radical Possibilities with Ethan Hughes

Video - Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

Video - Greening the Desert with Geoff Lawton 

Video - Lessons of the Loess Plateau, China 

Video - The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil


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Seminar 1

Seminar 2

Seminar 3

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