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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Scout Camp 2016 – Milking the Goats & Feeding the Pigs

One of my favourite activities with our annual Scout camp is teaching the Scouts to milk the goats. This year we’ve also had the pigs so the braver Scouts were hand feeding them. All fingers still intact Lots of photos, proof for the Scout’s parents that they really were on a farm and not […]

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Scout Camp 2016 – New Parking Space & Learning to Render

We’ve enjoyed hosting a Belgian Scout Group for their annual camp. As one of their activities they’ve built a brilliant new parking area here, already in use as we now have a PDC group on site. Jeroen has also been teaching the Scouts how to render, and they’ve been practicing on one of the […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful: After the Rain

After the rain comes the most marvelous rainbow. Proof that the sun must be up there somewhere!

We’re still hunting for the pot of gold

 

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Our Postcards Now Available

I’m so very pleased to have this new postcard collection available for sale to our supporters (and anyone else!). Full colour, high quality images on the front, with the back printed for use as a postcard (or put them on your wall!)

The majority of the photos were taken by the most wonderful Marjolein […]

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Preserving an Abundant Harvest

As summer draws to a close we’ve a huge abundance of foods coming out of the garden.  Nothing will be allowed to go to waste. As I look around me, these are just a handful of examples happening right now. 

Whilst we use a wide range of techniques to preserve our […]

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Healing Agriculture article

Healing Agriculture is a new(ish) blog and website produced by Katie Shepherd with a view to showcasing

‘the many people working in broad scale agriculture in Europe, aiming for ‘beyond sustainability’, using the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in their farming work and lives. ‘

At Casalinho we are honoured to […]

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A Visitor’s Perspective: A Letter to Dona Céu

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our visitors to say a few words about their stay. Dominik and Matic wrote this note to the lady who runs our local bar in Unhais o Velho.     Olá Dona Céu, (Scroll down for English)

Vamos embora amanhã, por […]

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A Visitor’s Perspective – Sam Hangs with Beyonce

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our volunteers or visitors to say a few words about their stay. Sam worked with us this summer, and these are his reflections. 

I’d never had to chase a goat before. Especially not one hell-bent on using his new […]

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Our Week in Pictures: 31st January 2015

Our round up of what we’ve been working on at Casalinho, our developing permaculture project in central Portugal.

With our first volunteers of 2015 now fully on board, we’ve been hard at work planting the new trees which I talked about last week. Now the mulberries and walnuts are in we are working on the […]

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Our Week in Pictures: 14th January 2015

Our round up of what we’ve been working on at Casalinho, our developing permaculture project in central Portugal.

Our first volunteers of 2015 are due to join us any day now, and we’re looking forward to getting some old projects finished and some new ones on the go.

Here are some photos to give […]

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