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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Monster Broom

Wikipedia tells me ”Plants of Cytisus scoparius (broom / giesta) typically grow to 1–3 m tall, rarely to 4 m.” We’ve been cutting down specimens easily 6m today.

We’re so happy to see these go. Broom is incredibly flammable, and having a giant impenetrable thicket of them (belonging to our neighbour) so close to […]

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Join us! Permaculture Design Courses

We’re really excited that our first Permaculture Design Course of the year begins in just a couple of weeks. We’re looking forward to welcoming back Joshua Gomez who has worked with us here so many times before. There are still spaces, so please join us!

 

 

But if May doesn’t work […]

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Big Boys Toys!

I am indulging my inner 6 year old by getting excited about the machine!

Hired locally, it’s doing the groundwork for a ferrocement tank build project that we’ll complete during the summer.

 

 

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Can’t Beat It!

 

You really couldn’t beat the view from yesterday’s work spot. We were doing a spot of work exchange with a friend. Tough work, cutting and hauling these burnt pines, but followed by a picnic on the walk back which couldn’t be beaten.

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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.

Many of the trees are […]

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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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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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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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Nice Spot for a Teabreak

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