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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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.

1) Highlight of the week was the surprise birth of a little goat kid on Friday morning. In this photo she’s only a few hours old and already determined to follow her Mum outside.

2) One of the great things about olive harvest is the number of prunings that come back for the goats to enjoy. This load came from our neighbour Jorge who no longer keeps goat. We’re happy to collect them, our goats are happy to eat them, and it saves Jorge having to dispose of them. Win-win-win situation!

3) The garlic we planted just a couple of weeks ago is doing tremendously. The broad beans are not far behind. Must be all that rain we’ve been having! Hopefully they’ll get a good start before the temperature drops.

4) The rain has been pretty hard at times this week. The chickens don’t seem to care, dancing in the mud to keep everyone amused.

5) Tent protection, tarpaulin style! Effective, although noisy in the wind.

6) This week’s most exciting news. New accommodation in the pipeline! More on this to follow.


We’ve got some gaps in our volunteer diary for the coming months. Come and join us!


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