gardening *1)

The whole project will be designed according to permaculture principles. After getting the land we
will observe it for one year to discover all the natural influences like amounts of rain, sun, wind, shade
- in all four seasons; animals living here or crossing the property; duration of vegetation period; days of frost,...

After the first year of observation we will make a permaculture design including a permaculture zoning and the permaculture principles while considering the natural conditions and influences. Consequently this design will be applied.

We´ll follow the guidelines of permaculture:

  • "earth care"- responsible living, respecting the laws of nature, using natural resources mindfully
  • "people care"- forming a transformative culture, including group process work, personal and collective growth
  • "fair share"- simple and sufficient life in tune with nature, shared facilities, communal garden, sharing seeds, sharing clothes...
  • "yeah!" - celebrate!

What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centred around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture, as a systematic method, was first coined by the Australians David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to “permanent agriculture”, but was expanded to stand also for “permanent culture”, as it was understood that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system. Permaculture has many branches, including ecological/environmental design, ecological engineering, eco-construction/sustainable architecture, integrated water resources management, regenerative and self-maintained habitats, agricultural systems modelled from natural ecosystems. Mollison said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; and of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system."