This blog describes the Permaculture features and concepts developed during the creation of a horticulture farm, including a food forest, integration of animals, a vegetable garden and a low footprint habitat.
We propose a Permaculture training associated with these features and concepts . The training is not limited to the list of functions and techniques published in the website.
We welcome students and volunteers who wish to participate to our projects of reforestation, green building and food production and processing.
All functions are developed in a humid tropical context, except the periods influenced by El Niño causing a shift to dry tropic context, in order to create an abundant food forest associated with horticulture and animal integration.
The objective is to create a library of functions, interrelations (fauna & flora) and know how that can be architectured by low budget farmers in a tropical context in the objective of regenerating poor lands and initiate alternative tropical food production.
The main inputs are plants and animals (local or adapted to the context, e.g. chicken, red worms, fish, supportive and productive plants…) in order to increase positive interactions, fertility, productivity, biodiversity and resilience.
All function and concepts listed in this blog can be reproduced successfully as they have been confronted to real implementation and monitoring using Permaculture systemic approach (design, act, observe, experiment, stimulate, integrate, monitor).
The functions are developed using local resources, with no external manure. No organic fertilizers e.g. cow manure have been used as it would mean accentuating land depletion in cow pastures located in the neighborhood.
Resource management is based on
- capturing sun light using perennials and supportive species to produce organic matter, fertility, fruits and forest derivative products
- integrating animals for optimizing the production and distribution of nutrients (nitrogen and other nutrients), monitoring the global food web balance of the ecosystem and producing animal proteins
- Complete recycling (see Cradle to Cradle) as a local resource management framework