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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Composting at Casalinho

As you may have read elsewhere on this blog, we rely heavily on our animals to not only contribute to our compost, but to assist in it’s preparation too. The outside part of our animal pen actually operates as our initial compost bay. All the animal green feed and all our household and garden […]

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Our Week in Pictures: 17th November 2014

Our weekly round up of what volunteers have been working on at Casalinho, our developing permaculture project in central Portugal.

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Our Week in Pictures: 10th November 2014

Our weekly round up of what volunteers have been working on at Casalinho, our developing permaculture project in central Portugal.

Well autumn has certainly arrived! Cooler temperatures and the threat of rain have reminded of how much winter preparation still remains undone.

 

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A Visitor’s Perspective: Sam’s Diary (Part 1)

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our volunteers or visitors to say a few words. Sam arrived at Casalinho this week and has kindly allowed us to share his online thoughts. Here, he describes how the animals assist us with our composting system.

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Our Week in Pictures: 8th September 2014

It’s been another week of harvesting and processing. I’ve been making the most of the summer sun to dry as much as I can, with particular emphasis on things that can add variety to the animals’ winter feed.

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Our Week in Pictures: 1st September 2014

The start of a new month and we’re wondering how the summer managed to pass so quickly! This week Jeroen has been working on replacing a friend’s roof, and here at the farm we’ve been caught up in a frenzy of harvesting and preserving our bounty.

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Tolerance 2: Goats Speak Up

Living with the chickens is all very well. We can put up with being used as perches.

But we really, really wish ….

… that they wouldn’t crap on us!

 

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Ronaldo, our Billy

We’ve had a new arrival this week, Ronaldo. He’s unbelievably stinky, and he’s our new Billy goat.

When a friend mentioned that she knew of a male goat seeking a new home, having been abandoned once and now unwanted, I grabbed the opportunity. Until now we’ve been borrowing the services of a Billy from […]

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The Nursery Wing!

There’s a nasty disease that I’ve been unable to name which kills rabbits around here. Unfortunately a case of it hit here last week and we lost most of our rabbits with no warning It was particularly upsetting as three of the adults who died were fairly new mothers with litters still tucked up […]

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Casalinho’s Maggot Breeding Enterprise

This is my attempt to provide additional protein for the poultry, giving them a better diet whilst reducing my feed bill. Stop reading now if you’re of a delicate disposition, but before you dismiss maggot breeding as feed just consider that it’s a free product produced out of something that would be otherwise wasted.

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