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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Training of Permaculture Teachers Course

Andrea has recently returned from this course, working with Looby Macnamara, Chris Evans and Tomas Remiarz to learn more about the¬†tools & techniques for teaching and facilitating permaculture learning. Fabulous to work with a group of such superbly passionate permaculture people, she’s come home full of ideas and raring to go!

We’re hosting […]

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PDC August 2016 – Design Presentations

Each PDC culminates with participants creating their own permaculture design. These photos are a glimpse at some presentations.

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Niels

Izzy

Jordan

Jonathan

Levi

JP

Andy

Pia

Jonathan

Couldn’t resist including this one, taken the morning of the presentations after a late night session perfecting the designs!

 

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PDC August 2016 – Morning Madness.

Morning warm ups during our most recent Permaculture Design Course.

I think they’re about to launch into a Spice Girls routine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or not …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh’s dancing seemingly not universally appreciated ūüėČ

 

But they recover quickly. Yay!

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PDC August 2016 – RAM Pump workshop

During our recent Permaculture Design Course, Jeroen took the participants through the theory and practice of RAM pumps. With a small stream at the bottom of our property, these are invaluable at Casalinho in lifting water to where we can use it.

Taking advantage of the RAM pump pool for a cool down.

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PDC August 2016 – Building a Raised Bed

This practical session followed on from the swale building exercise I published yesterday. A contoured raised bed has been created on the downside of the berm, with the swale itself becoming the path above. For the short term this new bed has been planted up with annual veg, but these will be replaced with […]

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PDC August 2016 – Building Swales.

Learning to measure contours and build swales is a wonderfully interactive part of the PDC course. The swale being created here has wood in the berm to create a higher edge. The swale itself is a path, and we’ve built a raised bed on the downside. It’s been planted with annual veg in the […]

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PDC August 2016 – Making Hot Compost.

PDC participants turning a hot compost pile. Put together at the beginning of the course, it’s nearly ready for use by the end. As we were lacking animal manure (so many projects, so little poo!), we’ve been using the pee from the compost toilet to add extra nitrogen.

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PDC August 2016 – Natural Building Day

Our Permaculture Design Course participants making adobe blocks and beginning a cob bench on the Natural Building day of the August PDC.

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Cob bench in the making

Completed blocks beginning the drying process, which will take about a month.

Moulding the adobe blocks, a combination of straw, clay and sand.

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Scout Camp 2016 – Community Help in Malhada do Rei

On at least one day during our annual Scout camp visit, we like to direct all that energy into helping out our local community. This year the Scouts did a marvellous job of brightening up the bar and bathrooms at one of our local river beaches in Malhada do Rei with a fresh new […]

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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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