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: Spring Flowers

It seems incredible that my last post was about the snow! Beautiful spring flowers have popped up virtually overnight.

Jonquils are a lovely part of the roadside scenery between Aradas and Unhais o Velho.

 

Crocus popping up through the luxuriant chickweed in the […]

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Snow Scene

 

I knew I should have taken the washing off the line!

We’re at around 800m so get snow perhaps once or twice a year. This fall got heavier in the evening, but just lasted 24 hours.

 

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Seasonal decor?

Seasonal decor, Casalinho style. Home made chorizo and morcela dry curing above the stove.

It’s been a busy few weeks, with the killing and processing of our first home grown pig and the completion of the olive harvest keeping us busy. More on what we’ve been up to in due course, but in […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful: December Sunset

Who needs TV when nature offers so much to watch? These December sunsets all captured inside 20 minutes, looking towards Aradas and Unhais o Velho.

 

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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 😉

 

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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