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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Merci, Les Pionniers de Limal

Yesterday we sadly waved goodbye to our most recent group of Scouts, who made their annual camp here at Casalinho. I seem to be forever making excuses for not updating this blog, but it’s been a busy ten days!

So a heartfelt thanks go out to the fourteen members of Les Pionniers de Limal, Belgium (pictured here with volunteers Julie and Victor). What a fabulous group of young people :-)

Grass is enemy number one when it’s growing under young fruit trees so one group of Scouts worked really hard on removing it and laying a thick layer of mulch underneath all the orchard trees and vines. Another group made a superb start on clearing a path up into our forest; improving access, reducing the fire risk and providing us with a big pile of firewood, cones for firelightling and stakes for use in the garden.

The highlight of the visit was the two days spent working alongside our other volunteers cleaning and painting the football and picnic area in Malhada do Rei. The local community had the materials but not the manpower, so Jeroen arranged for the Scouts to step in and donate their enthusiasm and energy. They were rewarded with a superb¬†barbecue prepared by the team at the Casa de Convivio¬†and enjoyed in the newly painted picnic area, now signed with the Scouts’ emblem.

 

 

 

 

 

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