During the first year, we have focused particularly on the development of the “Base Camp”: a basic and pleasant place to stay for our small family and our visitors.

At the same time, we have dedicated ourselves to collect information and knowledge through contact and communication with the local people. The meticulous observation of the microclimate corresponding to the 7-hectare site – and all its factors of influence – has also been crucial to consequently creating a permaculture design appropriate and specific to this place.

The next 3 years we will focus primarily on water harvesting. In the first 2 semesters, we will design topographical plans and carry out selective experiments, and so, step by step, we will achieve the realization of a Keyline design.

In parallel with the construction of a greenhouse, we will develop composting systems and install the first terraces and beds of crop. In addition, animals will be integrated into the project.

What is Permaculture?

“Permaculture is the conscious design of agriculturally productive ecosystems that protect the diversity and stability of all its inhabitants. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, shelter, and energy in a sustainable way.

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating areas as mono-productive systems”.

Bill Mollison – “known as the father of Permaculture” – biologist, researcher, scientist, activist and Australian naturalist.