Tropical Permaculture in Brazil

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The many introductions to Permaculture;

Permaculture is about the positive relationships between elements in a complex system.  Relationship is a wide concept and most of the time it is used to described a static ecosystem by Permaculture teachers, youtubers  and enablers . But relationship in a biological universe happens both in space and time. The relationships in time is the connection happening in the different steps of a process; Event/cause/effect paradigm and the dynamic of flows. Most of the functions described in common literature about Permaculture use the simplicity of static model to ease the spread of Permaculture experience. At some point we will need a more professional approach to teach the dynamic of flows in complex ecosystem. Systemic approach will help mainly in simplifying this understanding of dynamic as we do not really need systemic approach, the basis of Permaculture , to explain system interconnectivity in space.

If nature would be a fox Permaculture would be “The little Prince” . St Exupery novel which became an international best seller gives a beautiful  perspective on existentialism.

How permaculture find its place in our existence,  in this technoworld loosing pieces of meaning everyday ?  What has become common human ambition since we walked on the moon? Can we still connect to the earth and claim modernity ?

Two authors of existentialism can give us a clue on where to situate Permaculture; Camus the sweet guy, claiming that sense and emotions were the only reason for life, Sartre the intellectual, favoring logic, would explore the  complexity of our condition to define  essence .

Permaculture in both perspectives provides with a way to find reason.

Within the  poetry of nature,  we human can be both spectators and actors, using Permaculture, accepting this way the heritage of Camus.

In the  complexity of an ecosystem we can find roots and logic as a mirror of our own complexity and destiny. Sartre philosophy would become then a credo; be what you are building.

“The meaning of life is that it ends”(Kafka)… so let’s forget our ego and reconnect  using the rules of nature.

Our very practical project, source of never ending discoveries is as following;

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

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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