Kick Starter staff picks new project by Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados

by Lorraine Ciarallo

The Permaculture Research Institute (CPRI) of Barbados has been in the making since 2012 and I am proud to finally announce that our project has started.

A couple days ago CPRI launched its KickStarter crowdfunding video campaign which I would like to share with you. The purpose of our project is to set up a permaculture school in Barbados to teach, educate and demonstrate through the principles of permaculture how to grow food, repair landscapes & build community. Permaculture is a design science, inspired by nature and guided by ethics. Its purpose is to meet the needs of humanity while benefiting the environment. To this end, it empowers individuals, local communities and the larger public to build sustainable & environmentally friendly:

  • Food and Land Systems
  • Social and community systems
  • Shelter and home systems
  • Livelihood and business systems

I hope you will take the time to watch the video. If this campaign is successful, it will help ensure the life of this project, a project which I am committed to for the next 3 years. It is super exciting for me to share it with you and I hope, you find it exciting too! 

Please watch this 3 minute video before reading further. (Above or at Kickstarter here)

Now…can you see why I am excited? Would you like to help me roll out this amazing campaign? If so, I would be indebted to you if you could do the following:

1. Claim a reward by donating Any amount

Pledges can be as low as $1.00 Canadian and the quantum of your pledge will NOT be displayed, just your name as a “backer”.


Should you decide to pledge choosing a donate tab of your choice, it will prompt you to sign in with your Facebook account, or sign up with KickStarter. Please take the time to complete this important short step that is secured by KickStarter, thank you.

2. Share this campaign with your family members and friends, and ask them to do the same.

3. Post and share the campaign on your Facebook page, twitter and with others you know who would love to help us reach our goal. Thank you so much for your help!

For your convenience, the following is a short version that you can use to email family and friends and/or post on social media outlets.

“A Crowdfunding community initiative that I personally support has been started to assist in launching the Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados. Through the support of many people, rather than relying solely on, and chasing grants, we kindly ask you to watch this 3 minute video. Should you decide to support this project on KickStarter, pledges can be as low as $ 1.00 CDN and the quantum of your pledge is NOT displayed, just your name as a “backer”. By choosing a donate tab, it will prompt you to sign in with FB, or sign in with KickStarter. Please complete this important step secured by KickStarter. Thank you. Here is the link to the 3 minute video “.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

Help CPRI with its goals to empower people to green Barbados with food gardens everywhere on the island!

God bless!

Lorraine Ciarallo
Site Manager, Designer and Consultant
Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute (CPRI) of Barbados
Graeme Hall, Christ Church


Filed under Agriculture, Barbados, Energy, Environment

16 responses to “Kick Starter staff picks new project by Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados

  1. Green Monkey

    Hi Lorraine, I remember a few years ago when we first heard from you in your posts on BFP as you were seeking out information on how you could go about relocating to Barbados from Canada in order to establish a permaculture project in the island. I am so glad that your perseverance seems to be paying off and your dream project is set to take flight. I will definitely be making a contribution to this worthwhile project and encouraging others to do the same.

    We desperately kneed to spread this knowledge on how it is possible to grow our food in a sustainable manner and without poisoning our land and water resources. Wishing the best of luck and sincerely hope you can raise the necessary funds.

    Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture
    UN Agencies Call for an End to Industrial Agriculture & Food System


    The successes of small agro-ecological farms

    The successes of small agro-ecological farms are well known (see [3]). Study after study has documented improvements in yield and income as well as environmental benefits from eliminating agricultural input and polluting runoffs, increase in agricultural and natural biodiversity, reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and most of all, improvements in water retention, carbon sequestration and resilience to climate extremes such as drought and floods. There is evidence of improved nutritional value in organically grown food, not just from reduction or elimination of pesticide residues, but from increased content of vitamins and micronutrients [13].

    Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is in no doubt that agroecology is a solution to the crises of food systems and climate change [14]. He cites a study [15] published in 2006 on 286 recent sustainable agriculture projects in 57 developing countries covering 37 million ha (3 per cent of the cultivated area), which found that crop productivity on the 12.6 million farms increased by an average of 79 per cent, while also improving the supply of critical environmental service.

    Noémi Nemes from FAO point out that an analysis of over 50 economic studies demonstrates that in the majority of cases organic systems are more profitable than non-organic systems [16]. In developed countries, this is due to higher market prices and premiums, or lower production costs, or a combination of the two. In developing countries, greater profitability is due to higher yields and high premiums. The increased profits are accompanied by enormous savings due to reduced damages to the external ecosystems from polluting agrochemicals.

    Source here:
    (4th link down from the top of the list)

  2. Nostradamus

    Agree with Green Monkey that we desperately need initiatives like this. Opportunity for us all to put our money where our mouth is and make a donation in support of this very worthwhile project. Good luck Ms. Ciarallo . You will need it because in this country you will find a lot of platitudinous long talk and not much action.

  3. Not so fast

    Their are countless examples of successful and profitable greenhouses and permaculture in North Amercia and Europe so why not invite these companies in to do business rather than create another government boondoggle studying what is already known?

    Oh I get it! Its more Canadian government money for the bureaucracy to study and spend money. All the consultants and CIDA or similar organization will get their fees and this will undoubtedly be on the rezoned former green area of Graeme Hall.

    Just another loan that will never be repaid and part of the international welfare game! What happened to Ethanol.

    Nothing against permaculture but what’s really going on and who benefits will answer your questions.

  4. John

    What loan are you referring to?

  5. Anonymous

    @not so fast

    This is a PRIVATE project and it’s only connection to the government is that they have been GIVEN land to undertake the project on.

    Why make assumptions and jump to ignorant conclusions so fast Use ya brain nuh!

  6. Not so fast


    Let’s not make assumptions

    Where is the transparency, the town hall meetings, applications to agriculture and The Chief Town Planner?

  7. Nostradamus

    @Not so fast
    Why would you need “… hall meetings, applications to agriculture and The Chief Town Planner” to grow food and cultivate agricultural land? And especially one using a system “based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximise effect and minimise work. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants.”

  8. John

    “not so fast” should change to “not so smart”

  9. Not so fast

    What part of “I have nothing against permaculture” don’t you understand”

    Is it comercial or research, how many acres, where, for whose benefit?

    maybe you can supply all that information so this doesn’t become an anti permaculture issue?

  10. Nostradamus

    @ Not so fast
    Did you click on the link or read the project outline? I cut and paste a few lines from Kickstarter for your benefit and hoping that it may put your mind at rest somewhat.

    “A Permaculture Research Institute is a internationally recognized centre for the education and demonstration of Permaculture in a given region of the world. CPRIB will be the first PRI in the Caribbean and will serve as a hub for courses, resources and information”. “Our aim is to be an educational catalyst for the harmonious integration of landscape and people.”

    “With 15 acres of land, an abandoned donated building………”

    You could also check the website “about” tab as well as Facebook

    The way things go around here, I can understand your scepticism. Your questions did cause me to dig a bit deeper. Whether you were playing devil’s advocate or not it’s always good to question.

  11. Green Monkey

    “Is it commercial or research, how many acres, where, for whose benefit?”

    Going by what I can find with a few searches on the internet:

    Is it commercial or research?
    I would say primarily research and teaching and commercial only to the extent that any PRI is expected to to earn enough money by selling its produce and teaching services to cover the ongoing cost of the operation. PRIs are required to register as a non-profit organization.

    See this:

    About the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI)


    The Permaculture Research Institute works to establish a global network of educational demonstration sites, which operate as education centres that seek to replicate themselves across their respective surrounding regions. Each demonstration site seeks to become financially self-sufficient within three years through both reducing the need for cash inputs by providing as much of their own needs, sustainably, from the land-base of the project itself, and through selling knowledge – running courses to help others follow their example (emphasis added /GM). Each educational demonstration site thus works to build communities around them where locals can re-skill and transition to live resilient lives independent of the globalised, industrial system.


    The ultimate aim is a worldwide network of interdependent communities who can cooperate to vision and rebuild economic harmony that is not dependent on perpetual growth or resource depletion and which reinvests all surpluses into their people and the land (emphasis added /GM). The goal is to create self-replicating demonstration sites which will not only spread permaculture education worldwide, but also share knowledge and techniques between sites for the advancing of permaculture design systems themselves.

    At the link directly above there is also a downloadable Memorandum of Understanding that the local organizers of any prospective PRI is expected to sign with the governing Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. It lays out in detail the conditions that the local organizers have to fulfill to be recognized officially as a regional PRI. The first condition of the MOU is that a PRI has to be registered as a non-profit organization.

    How many acres?
    According to the CPRIBarbados website,15 acres plus an abandoned, one story building.

    Graeme Hall

    For whose benefit?
    It appears to be for the benefit of locals, Caribbean region students and students from further afield who could learn how to produce food using low impact, permaculture techniques. In the longer term view, benefits would accrue to the island and region as a whole. Assuming permaculture techniques can be proven viable and more locals become aware of how to use the permaculture approach there would be less use of chemical herbicides and pesticides, artificial fertilizer etc. and a building up of healthy, nutrient dense, water retaining top soil vs the top soil degradation that often accompanies the standard agro-chemical, “factory farming” approach. In addition there would be less outflow of foreign exchange to buy food and agricultural chemicals if more people find that they can use permaculture techniques to grow their own food locally.

    Undoubtedly there is also some benefit to the permaculture movement as a whole and to the governing Pemaculture Research Institute organization also, as the local PRCIBarbados will assist in the worldwide spread of knowledge and awareness of the benefits of permaculture.

  12. Not so fast

    Thank-you Green Monkey

    Good information

  13. Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

    @Not so fast

    You can find there more Info about it.

  14. Green Monkey

    Just came across this concept for building a home kitchen garden which seems to be an approach that would fit in with the permacullture concept.

    The Secret to Building a Salad Keyhole Garden

    I’ve always been a bit of an equal-opportunity gardener: a few veggies, some blooms, and a few foundation trees for structure. But this year I’ve decided to focus my gardening efforts on a new type of themed garden: a salad keyhole garden.

    What is a Keyhole Garden?

    Raised beds are nothing new. The idea is to elevate the garden to maximize drainage, improve the soil, and enhance access. Keyhole gardens are a riff on that idea, with one addition: a center compost area that works as a self-fertilizing element for the plants. A salad keyhole garden takes it a step further, by planting specific vegetables and herbs together–to be picked at the same time–to create a delicious dish.

    What’s most interesting about keyhole gardens is their bountiful history. They began as an invention of charitable organizations to help people in poor countries create a self-sustainable, controllable food source. Considering that the construction of keyhole gardens often utilizes recycled materials – think cast-off tin and upcycled bricks – schools in some of those countries utilize the gardens as a way to both grow nutritious ingredients for school lunches and as a learning tool, for children to take the idea home to their parents. The center compost bin serves a dual purpose: it provides nutrients to the plants and offers a spot for recycling kitchen waste.

    One of the biggest attractions of a keyhole garden is its ease of construction. Nearly any material that will withstand the stressors of weather–rock, stone, bricks, metal–will work for the walls. Although there’s no right or wrong height, a keyhole garden typically maxes out at about 6 feet wide, but smaller diameters will work well too. The access notch makes the garden look like a keyhole, and leads to the composting center. That’s often placed on the least sunny side of the bed (usually north), to allow the plants to better capture sun.

    More info here:

  15. Do you want to know more about the Caribbean Permaculture Institute of Barbados? Please check our “ugly sad story” as ex-administrators of this Institute at the following link:

    Yes, Barbados and Barbadians need and deserve permacuture projects… but surely not delivered by people that have this kind of behaviour. Ms. Ciarallo wanted to “monopolize” Permaculture in Barbados, but I guess she is not going to! There are more people already working in Permaculturere in Barbados… We hope more and more permaculturists come to Barbados and work ETHICALLY…

  16. John

    I read your article Ceiba Permacultura. It is a shame you worked so hard and they let you down (providing your article is true).

    My suggestion is to get over it and move forward. Don’t think anyone has anything to gain by you “slandering” the CPRI project.