Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Community Leaders

Jesus Leon Santos was awarded a 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize, as an indigenous farmer who works with Mixteca traditions, and has conserved more than 4,000 acres of farmland while creating more economic growth.  And the Hopi Tutskwa PermaCulture program has a community tree-planting project, where volunteers planted 320 trees in five community orchards.

The power of these programs is that they are rooted in the traditional ecological knowledge that spans centuries, and use the permaculture principle of looking at all physical, ecological, and social resources available -- whether traditional or modern.

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