“Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.” – Bill Mollison
Since acquiring our farm in 2006, development of the property was done with permaculture principles in mind, even though none of us knew the word “permaculture.”
- Rain-retaining terraces were carved into the hillside.
- Pesticides and herbicides were never used.
- Crops were always planted in an integrated manner.
- Our animals were welcomed for insect control and fertilizer, as well as for eggs and the rest.
However, ever since our Farm Manager, Junia completed his Permaculture Design Course with Tom Kendall in Australia, we’ve levelled up!
Here are some of the additional practices we have adopted:
- Contour chop and drop
- Planting of more chop and drop plants in less fertile spots
- 18+ days composting and complete cessation of commercial fertilizers
- Layering of plants
- “Chicken tractor” – use of chicken runs to prepare and fertilize a new plot for planting
Results to date
On the farm land we did contour chop and drop several years ago. The soil has healed, and the water retention is higher because of the greater organic material in it. Because of the increased foliage, there has been a corresponding increase in animal life.
Junia now offers 3-day, 5-day and 10-day workshops on permaculture, with theory and hands-on practice. Attendees and trainers should always approach these workshops with an attitude of learning. Everyone has knowledge to share. Everyone has insights to gain. You can see the latest information on upcoming permaculture workshops here.
Junia also offers individualized on-site permaculture design and recommendations for hotels, restaurants and other interested folk. For more information, you can get in touch with him via our contact form.