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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Reasons to be Cheerful: Just because …

Just because they’re beautiful ….

 

 

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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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Aphids, Ladybirds and Lamiaceae

 

Many many aphids in the garden this year, it seems more than average. Waiting has been hard, but we’re now started to notice an influx of ladybirds. Nature has her own checks and balances, sometimes you just have to trust and be patient.

The ladybird here is pictured on wood sage (Teucrium […]

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Fabulous Time of Year to be a Goat

 

After some rain, it’s a fabulous time of year to be a goat. The hills are totally yellow with broom and carqueja.

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Meet Lambert Geeny

 

This is Lambert Geeny, our new ram and future patriarch of what we’re hoping will become our new sheep empire.

About two minutes after I took this photo Lambert chased Mr Goat all around the field. Mr Goat is now sulking in his shed, nursing his ego. Lambert is stalking the fence […]

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Glanville fritillary

Glanville fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) on a chamomile flower

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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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Stuck Kid

Goats, when left alone, spend their time plotting new and ingenious ways to escape and frustrate me, trapping themselves in ever more inventive ways in the process. This youngster is no exception, and has managed to get himself stuck in between these fences. His brother was in there too when I was alerted […]

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Tito

 

 

Gorgeous Tito here joined us in December when his owners could no longer look after him. After an adventurous start, he’s chosen to live next to the outside kitchen where there’s a roof he can shelter under and plenty of attention and he finally seems to be content. After all these […]

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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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