Tropical Permaculture in Brazil

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Anovafloresta (Aflorestanova in the English instance of WordPress) is a project of soil regeneration using Permaculture as an economically affordable process for reforestation (food forest) and for the setup of an optimized landscape intended to produce organic food and green building.

This website describes the Permaculture features and concepts developed during the creation of a Permaculture 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.

Although our Permaculture training is adapted to any kind of public we provide with a holistic perspective and fundamental concepts like systemic approach and design simulation, Cradle to Cradle, Biomimicry, the laws of thermodynamics (energy conservation and reduction of entropy) ,  Top-down and Bottom-up merging methodology and project management, Process vs Function Business Plan construction, which would correspond to a master class training.

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, providing with an interesting platform for adaptation to climate change.

The objective is to produce a library of functions, vectors of integration (features, fauna & flora) and best of breed solutions that can be reused by low budget producers in a tropical context with the objective of regenerating desertified lands and initiate sustainable and in-fine abundant tropical food production.

The main inputs are plants and animals (local or adapted to the context, e.g. chicken, red worms, supportive and productive plants…) in order to increase positive interactions, fertility, productivity, biodiversity and resilience.

All function and concepts listed in this website can be reproduced successfully in identical contexts as they have been confronted to real implementation and monitoring using Permaculture systemic approach (design, experiment, integrate, stimulate, 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 and already non sustainable.

Resource management is based on

  • capturing sun light using perennials and supportive species to produce organic matter, fertility, fruits and forest derivative products
  • Rainwater harvesting and water recycling
  • Animal integration for optimizing the production and distribution of nutrients (nitrogen and other nutrients), monitoring the global food web balance of the ecosystem and producing low impact animal proteins.
  • Complete recycling (see Cradle to Cradle) as a resource management framework
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