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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Officially summer!

With the help of fab volunteers Maria, Madalena and João, the Casalinho natural bathing pool is now full and ready to receive hot and grateful visitors.

First clearing the winter’s growth of vegetation and the ever present brambles.

Working by the dam to clear rocks washed into the gate over winter and ensuring it’s […]

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Making Memories

 

This is what memories are made of. Volunteer Maria helps me by holding Ziggy the Piggy whilst we syringe feed her.

Sadly Ziggy didn’t make it, despite our best efforts. We think it’s likely that the move was too much stress for such young piglets. Reg and Geraldine and settling in well […]

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Winter hay

We’ve been working on storing winter hay and bedding today, taking advantage of glorious sun to dry it. With goats, pigs and sheep as well as poultry, we’re needing to up production this year.

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Vietnamese Pot Belly Pigs

New arrivals to the farm yesterday, a lovely little family of Vietnamese pot belly pigs. Two of the the sweetest piglets you ever saw, who sleep on top of Mum and Dad in a big snoring heap! More photos to come when they get to trust me a little […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful: Caterpillar on Lupin

 

I’m afraid I’ve no idea what sort of caterpillar this is, but what an amazing colour!

 

 

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Busy Day in the Garden

 

Anyone who’s spent time with us will know how much time we spend fighting to keep our rotovators working. Here’s a rare shot of one in action! Creating a new kitchen garden bed near the house.

 

 

Connor is planting pumpkin seedlings along the edge of this raised bed. Cardoon […]

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PDC designs – Summer 2016

With our 2017 Permaculture Design Courses coming up soon, time to share the fabulous designs created by last year’s participants.

Josh Gomez will be joining us again 18th – 29th August. See our course listing here for more details and join us this summer.

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Photo Gallery – Permaculture Design Course 2016

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With our summer course season rapidly approaching I was reminded that I hadn’t shared the marvelous photos which Nuno took for us during one of last year’s Permaculture Design Courses. Here are a selection of his photos of the event.

Please join us for a Permaculture Design Course this year. Bookings are now open, […]

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Windy morning

Drifts of broom blossom on the roads

Driving home from Pampilhosa this morning I needed the wipers to sweep the rain of yellow petals away. I’ll pickle some flowers in the next days if I get a chance.

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A Visitor’s Perspective: A Homage to Casalinho

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our visitors to say a few words about their stay. Ollie volunteered with us in 2015, and this is the blog post he wrote about his stay.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live […]

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