PEOPLE CARE - LOOK AFTER SELF, KIN AND COMMUNITY.
If people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper.
LA VIGNE (lieu-dit in Cantal)
A STOP AT OUR FRIENDS
24 July 2015
This couple and their daughter choose to live a simple life in the countryside in the area of Cantal. Hugo has spent a lot of time on the site in the past and now a small troglodyte house and its adjoining swimming pool have emerged. Anais has worked so hard in the garden and it was completely worthwhile because she has created a small lush jungle.
She doesn’t know what permaculture is,
but she has automatically applied certain principles.
A wide variety of plants and flowers mingle together in a rather dense way and seem to flourish. She makes all sorts of associations and covers the ground consistently with whatever she finds, so that it is permanently covered. She explains to us that she spent a great amount of time this winter designing the plan of the garden and thinking about the locations of each plant.
Hugo is a clever DIYer and tinkers with all sorts of things
to make daily life easier and improve energy performance.
He dreams of expansion, a second child and an underground tunnel, so they can store all their food - they have no fridge.
It was very interesting to visit their place and listen to their explanations. Obviously there is no need to have followed a PDC course to begin designing with common sense! What would it be like if we introduced them to the Mollison bible?
ON THE WAY
UNE NUIT À CALAIS
07 Août 2015
LES FRATERNITÉS OUVRIÈRES
VISIT AND INTERVIEW
6 August 2015
This place is well known by the permaculture community, so we made the detour to Belgium to visit the place and its owners. It is Thursday, doors open at 2pm and we are welcomed directly into the house of Josine and Gilbert. There are a few other members of the Permaculture Association and lots of good humour as they hand out site maps and a biscuit before allowing us to get lost in the narrow jungle.
Wow! There were about ten people to start with, but it wasn’t long before we didn’t bump into each other. It is so dense that you have to jump over or slalom between the 2500 varieties.
Gradually, the little remaining space is filled with visitors. In addition to the prowess of these varieties, it is really very interesting to see how the plants and trees support the density such as the forest so well. But on the other hand, it’s less obvious for picking.
Back home, we just about cross each other in the room to make our order of seeds! Apparently it is not uncommon to see more than a hundred people on a Thursday afternoon says Gilbert.
It’s the same for free courses, there are 120 places but sometimes 200 people turn up! That’s where free audio lessons on the internet are interesting.
The collection of seeds is equally impressive,
6000 kinds are stored in small boxes, which fill the room.
After discussing with Josine, we learn that they began to do this because of the crisis at the time, they federated and the movement quickly grew. A lot of help and sharing have given birth to this exceptional garden and others.
Even if several principles of permaculture are present (density, diversity, sharing, generosity), they remind us that permaculture did not exist in France at the time, so they did not design the site on these principles. Their objective was social (to create a link) and especially to prove that it was possible to break free of pesticides and the agro-chemical business. A successful mission!
Their blog :
THE MILL OF THE CONCH
Nestled in the gorges of the Orbieu in the South of France, the old water mill is surrounded by nature and woods. We are restoring the buildings and the abandoned gardens, gradually cultivating the fertile land. Some of the land on the site of the mill has gradually been cleared and cultivated to make space for orchards, a nursery and a family garden.
CREATING A FRUIT ORCHARD
An orchard of fruit trees of rare and/or rustic varieties (cherry, pear, plum, persimmon, pawpaw (sort of mango tree)...) was undertaken in November 2013. Today, after planting, taking cuttings, grafting wild trees and sowing fruit tree seeds, we have more than 80 fruit trees/bushes on site - an exciting start on our journey towards our agro-forest.
A small nursery of plants, trees and shrubs has been developed so they can be multiplied and we can monitor the plants while waiting for the right time to plant them.
THE FAMILY GARDEN
The garden lands are now re-opened, producing all sorts of crops and vegetables. A greenhouse was built in order to grow seedlings and plants, protecting them from the cold. In order to have a rich biodiversity, we have introduced all kinds of flowers and aromatic and medicinal plants. Also we have planted perennial vegetables and built raised beds. The goal is to design a balanced eco-system with a wide range of species for both humans and animals, using both Permaculture and agro-forestry techniques to enhance the fertility and the nature.
CIE DE LA CONQUE
The purpose of our association Cie de la Conque is to enhance nature, develop our well-being and produce art, putting at its heart the principles of Permaculture. Through our association we organise different workshops, internships and retreats to share knowledge and skills. The long-term goal is to be self-sustainable; being autonomous in drinking water, food production and energy but also not forgetting or undermining the importance of social activities and culture.
PORTFOLIO GALLERY A
DU 13 August au 05 September 2015
PROMOTIONAL FILM - we made for Laya Point as barter for a PDC (course on permaculture).
Their website: www.layapoint.com