What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don't need loads of land to practice it and it's a design method that can be applied to all social systems.

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New piggies!

Beautiful new pigs, two days old in these photos, enjoying their first exploration of the outside world.

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And here’s proud Dad, Duroc, looking on from the other side of the fence.

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Quite rainy

That’s the art of British understatement by the way.

Attaching new electric fence so we could move the pregnant pigs, after their shelter flooded.

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WTF is THAT?!!

First foray outside for the latest goat kid, and Pringle the cat isn’t quite sure what to make of it. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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And finally, a kiss <3

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Land Clearance

Land clearance is the project of the moment, with the deadline for clearing land next to the road fast approaching.

Today’s area to tidy up – the hugel edge next to the road We’d allowed these pines to grow as a privacy screen, but most need to go.

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Many of the trees are infested with pine processional caterpillars, a symptom of unhealthy monoculture. They can be harmful to both humans and pets, so care needs to be taken around them. Thankfully ours haven’t started to drop yet, so we’re doing this work just in time.

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I’ve been burning the pine infested with caterpillar nests. The caterpillars shoot tiny hairs out of their bodies which can cause skin and bronchial problems, so you need to be careful not to be breathing in the smoke.
The sheep seemed to be determined to graze as close to the fire as they could. Looking, no doubt, for some new creative ways to die (for those of you who don’t keep sheep, this seems to be their life’s mission).

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A good day for ducks.

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Tree feeling means lots of firewood for next year, but what to do with all the branches? As they were still wet and the needles still attached, they didn’t really ‘chip’ in the chipper, but produced this lovely loose course mix.

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We’ve shredded this directly onto the hugel edge, where most of it can stay as the organic material isn’t very thick in places. It’ll also make a nice mulch where it’s acidity isn’t a problem, and animal bedding.

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Lots more work to do!

 

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Welcome to the World, Little Chap

There’s something about cold, wet evenings that seems to encourage goats to give birth. Welcome to the world little chap.

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With thanks

With huge thanks to the generous hearted person who anonymously gifted us food for the dogs and cats. We (and they) are so grateful.

Com enorme agradecimento à pessoa de coração generoso que anonimamente nos doou comida para cães e gatos. Nós (e eles) estamos tão agradecidos.

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Morning greetings

I so enjoy my morning greetings each day.

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Collaboration!

Taking advantage of a rainy day to plan 2018’s Permaculture Design Courses here at Casalinho. We’re excited to be working with Social Landscapes this year to present two courses certified by the UK Permaculture Association.

Watch this space, dates and details shortly!

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Busy Day

Busy day, and soon a freezer full of meat. So many thanks to friends who helped.

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Reasons to be Cheerful: Happy discovery

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This morning’s happy discovery – three wee bantam chicks.

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