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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Busy Day in the Garden

 

Anyone who’s spent time with us will know how much time we spend fighting to keep our rotovators working. Here’s a rare shot of one in action! Creating a new kitchen garden bed near the house.

 

 

Connor is planting pumpkin seedlings along the edge of this raised bed. Cardoon […]

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Summer Internships 2017

 

We are now inviting applications from those who would like to make a commitment to join us for summer 2017 in one of three dedicated roles. In return for your commitment you will have the opportunity to take part in one of our scheduled Permaculture Design Courses at a significantly reduced cost […]

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A Visitor’s Perspective: A Homage to Casalinho

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our visitors to say a few words about their stay. Ollie volunteered with us in 2015, and this is the blog post he wrote about his stay.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live […]

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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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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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A Shitty Day

We know how to enjoy ourselves!

Our neighbour kindly allowed us the contents of his goat shed if we cleaned it out, and as you can never have enough goat shit, it was on with the wellies and in we went.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Tree Planting Project – Mulberries and Walnuts

Planting new trees has always been a significant part of our plan for Casalinho. Trees to enhance and repair our environment, to feed us, our animals and our soils. Almost all the fruit trees on this property were destroyed before we knew it, but we’re told that the lower portion of the property alone […]

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