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: 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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Our Week in Pictures: 29th September 2014

Another busy week! Making up for the rain of last week we’ve been cracking on with the first part of our grape harvest and wine making. Harvesting and produce preservation continues, with tomatoes and quinces still being top of my processing list.

Volunteer Marjolein has been filming this week, which has given Jeroen a […]

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Our Week in Pictures: 22nd September 2014

We’ve had our first taste of autumn weather this week, somewhat early, with lots of rain and tremendous thunderstorms.  We can’t really complain though, look at these photos of Lisbon today.

Wet soil easily compacts so we’ve not been doing a great deal in the veg garden as a result. A seemingly simple task of […]

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In the Kitchen: Elderberry & Pear Chutney

 

With a proliferation of elderberries and plenty of windfall pears at the moment, this elderberry and pear chutney recipe has been a tasty way to ensure that none go to waste.

As with most of my recipes, my quantities are vague and my ingredients interchangeable. Taste it when it’s boiled down and […]

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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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In the Kitchen: Sorrel ‘Pickle’

We’re fortunate in that we have a great deal of sheep’s sorrel (Rumex acetosella) growing wild all over the garden. It’s got a very strong lemony flavour (to the extent that it’s known as azeda in Portuguese, literally meaning sour), and is a versatile addition to the foragers collection. A few leaves make a great addition […]

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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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In the Kitchen: Fruit Scrap Vinegar

Here at Casalinho nothing is wasted, and I really mean nothing. But if I can squeeze in an extra step between kitchen, animal shed and compost, you can bet I will! Fruit scrap vinegar is a fabulous way of doing exactly that. Make a secondary, tasty product from something which many households would simply throw […]

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In the Kitchen: Carqueja Cordial

Carqueja (Genista tridentata) is currently colouring all our hillsides a glorious yellow. It’s a relative of the spinier gorse which those from northern Europe are probably more familiar with.

 

As well as making great goat fodder, the flowers can be collected and dried to make a fabulous tea. My neighbours have told […]

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Calendula Hand Scrub

I liberated a couple of calendula plants from a pile of builder’s rubble in the springtime. I planted them in one of our soft fruit beds, intending to save some seed and plant amongst the veggies to confuse the pests with their bright flowers. They’ve done so well that I’ve got flowers aplenty. […]

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