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Great article in The Huffington Post: Is this the coolest place or what!

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Op Scheppen! Het tweede boek van Sandra komt er aan.

Op Scheppen

“Maar wat voor mest wil je dan?” Vraagt Monsieur de la Noix nu iets dringender. Ik geloof dat hij begint te vermoeden dat we echt niet zo slim zijn als onze bemodderde regenlaarzen en oude spijkerbroek doen vermoeden. Santi en ik kijken naar onze tenen en wiebelen heen en weer “Uhhhh, het is voor onze groentetuin om groente te verbouwen,” mompel ik deze keer om Santi wat bijstand te verlenen. Monsieur de la Noix heeft eindelijk begrepen dat hij het zo eenvoudig mogelijk moet maken voor ons en bromt ons een multiple choice test toe. “Wil je oude mest, nieuwe, medium oude, wil je er stro in hebben? Wil je je grond verbeteren of de productie juist verhogen?”Landbouwgronden zijn uitgeput, zoetwaterbronnen raken leeg en varkens krijgen betonnen flats toegewezen. Kunnen we onze boodschappen uit de supermarkt nog wel vertrouwen? In een stiekeme hoek ligt de voedselmaffia er op de loer die reguliere cornflakes in gekopieerde dozen met biologische labels verpakt. Daar verdienen ze meer mee dan met de cocaïnehandel, laten ze weten.

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In Boeddhistisch klooster Plum Village waar Sandra en Santi non en monnik waren leerden ze over mindfulness en konden ze urenlang stil zitten in meditatie. Nu wonen ze op hun boerderij in Zuidwest Frankrijk en hebben ze hun pijen verruilt voor een tuinbroek. De glamping die ze hebben opgestart loopt inmiddels op rolletjes en ze verleggen hun blik naar het terrein van 5 hectare die bij de boerderij hoort. Sandra en Santi ontdekken een regenererende manier van tuinieren en stappen op het karrespoor van leren boeren volgens de principes van permacultuur. Hun tuin “Simply Permaculture” is inmiddels een non-profit organisatie die permacultuur in actie laat zien middels demonstratieprojecten op een terrein van 5 hectare. En wat blijkt? Zo ver ligt tuinieren niet af van een mindful leven in het klooster, het is ook heilzaam voor jezelf en de wereld. Je wordt er alleen wat viezer van.

Op Scheppen

Zijn de meeste boeken op het gebied van permacultuur vaak wat droog en theoretisch, Op Scheppen is doorspekt met ervaring over verschillende uitgeprobeerde permacultuur technieken en staat vol humoristische verhalen over Sandra en Santi’s ervaringen als beginnende boeren. Een stukje permacultuur theorie komt aan de beurt samen met het hoe en wat van het aanpakken van diverse permacultuurprojecten aangelengd met hier en daar een lekker recept van eigen bodem. Een stukje bewustwording wordt aangereikt wanneer je meegenomen wordt via een maaltijdsalade en rijst naar de landen waar de producten verbouwd worden en onder welke omstandigheden. Een klein stukje mindfulness komt aan de beurt via een geleide meditatie en een oefening van diep kijken. We zakken op onze knieën om de grond eens van dichtbij te bekijken. We ontdekken het wereldbelang van de wriemelende wormen en ontmoeten een heuse neushoornkever. Vooral gaat het boek over de lol van het buitenspelen, technieken uitproberen, vol nieuwsgierigheid nieuwe vaardigheden leren, ervaringen en miskleunen delen, het intense genoegen van de smaak van vlees en groenten van eigen bodem en de liefde voor de natuur die als een spinnenweb alle elementen met elkaar verbindt.

Voorjaar 2018 kun je je bord bij houden om Op te Scheppen!

2017 Visites guidées, stages, manifestations et plus au jardin de Simply Permaculture

Ci-dessous un aperçu des visites guidées, stages, manifestations et autres activités au jardin de Simply Permaculture. Nous pouvons offrir des visites guidées et stages sur demande à d’autres moments à condition d’avoir au moins 4 participants. Vous pouvez aussi combiner un stage chez nous avec un séjour dans l’une de nos tentes de Safari ou en chambre d’hôtes. Nous espérons avoir le plaisir de vous recevoir très prochainement à www.simplypermaculture.com! Contactez-nous à hello@simplypermaculture.com pour plus d’infos.

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stage simply permaculture

15/16/17 avrilPrintemps de DurasOuverture du jardin avec visite guidée (introduction à la permaculture) et repas (entre 12-14h sur réservation),Repas €12,50 puis visite guidée à 14h30,Si repas, visite à €5, sinon €7,50

Dimanche 23 Avril : visite guidée à 15h sur rdv (minimum 4 participants) – techniques de jardinage en permacultureTarif : €10 par personne (adulte et ado), gratuit pour les enfants de 1 à 12 ans.

Dimanche 7 Mai Journée Internationale de la PermacultureAtelier : Permaculture sur mesure - comment démarrer chez vous ?Le matin : Présentation des principesL’après-midi: Permaculture sur mesureAide et conseils pour démarrer un projet en permaculture chez vousInscription préalable (minimum 4 participants): les participants recevront un questionnaire avant de venir et pourront apporter photos et autres documents utiles à l’élaboration de leur projet.  Tarif : €95 (déjeuner et boissons inclus)

Dimanche 21 Mai: visite guidée à 15h sur rdv (minimum 4 participants) – les animaux en permacultureTarif : €10 par personne (adulte et ado), gratuit pour les enfants de 1 à 12 ans.

Samedi 3 Juin : Rendez-Vous aux jardins et manifestationRetour à la terre, oser et faire : Journée de rencontre et d’échange avec des personnes qui ont osé revenir à la terre et débuter une activité professionnelle et qui offriront tout au long de la journée des présentations avec séance de questions/réponses. Samedi à 10h: Visite guidée – Introduction à la permaculture.Déjeuner sur réservation : €11 par personne

Samedi 17 JuinAtelier : Permaculture sur mesure - comment démarrer chez vous ?Le matin : Présentation des principesL’après-midi: Permaculture sur mesureAide et conseils pour démarrer un projet en permaculture chez vousInscription préalable (minimum 4 participants): les participants recevront un questionnaire avant de venir et pourront apporter photos et autres documents utiles à l’élaboration de leur projet.  Tarif : €95 (déjeuner et boissons inclus)

Dimanche 25 Juin : visite guidée à 15h sur rdv (minimum 4 participants) – techniques de jardinage en permacultureTarif : €10 par personne (adulte et ado), gratuit pour les enfants de 1 à 12 ans.

Jardin fermé du 1 Juillet au 31 août

Dimanche 17 septembre : visite guidée à 15h sur rdv (minimum 4 participants) – les animaux en permacultureTarif : €10 par personne (adulte et ado), gratuit pour les enfants de 1 à 12 ans.

Dimanche 8 octobre : visite guidée à 15h sur rdv (minimum 4 participants) – techniques de jardinage en permacultureTarif : €10 par personne (adulte et ado), gratuit pour les enfants de 1 à 12 ans.

Joli article avec Simply Permaculture dans le Festin

Cliquez ici pour un joli article avec Simply Permaculture dans le Festin

 

projet de démonstration de vignes en permaculture par www.simplypermculture.com

Située dans le bordelais, notre ferme, Simply Permaculture, est à proximité de vignes. Notre ami, sean feely, vigneron en biodynamie (www.chateaufeely.com) et passionné en permaculture, se demandait comment intégrer celle-ci dans son travail et nous avons réfléchi ensemble a l’élaboration d’un projet de démonstration de vignes en permaculture. 

 

 A voir sur place chez Simply Permculture, Bonac, 47120 Saint Jean de Duras

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Stinky Corners; how to make your own composting toilet of recycled material

A fun project for the winter. Dry toilet here we come:composting toilet

 

Step 1: Build a square box

Make a square box in which fits a container and a watering can (we will come back to the use of the watering can) and paint it if you want to. It looks easy, but I managed to make it slightly crooked, but hey, I am learning and slightly crooked is still working. We’ve used old wood we still had lying around.

Step 2: Saw a hole for the seat

Over the square box you need to make a seat in which fits the toilet seat. We still had a piece of a kitchen top lying around and used this. We put the toilet seat on it, drew with a pencil the hole and sawed it out. Plus two little holes for the screws of the toilet seat. The new seats are great these days, because you have some leniency for the place of the holes.You also need two hinges, because in the future you want to be able to lift this whole thing up. 

Step 3: The separator composting toilet

Now here comes the cool part and the most expensive part of our dry toilet. We are trying out a separator. What does the separator do? Well it separates pee and poop (let’s call it what it is). A lot of you probably don’t know, but pee is great stuff. It is sterile for about 24 hours and there are no bad bacteria’s in it, hence why you can drink it when you have to survive in the wild. However it is not only good for spare drinking water when you need to survive, it is also great for the garden. It still contains lots of nutrients and when you dilute it about 1:10 with water you can use it straight on the veggie garden and the plants will be grateful. After 24 hours there is some chemical process going on and the pee starts to become stinky. Don’t use it on the garden anymore, but you can still throw it on the compost heap if you want to. One thing to keep in mind; if you take lots of medicine or the pill, part of this will come back in your urine, it is then maybe better to throw it on the compost heap.Another great thing of the separator is that your poop falls in the bin and remains fairly dry. Together with sawdust or ash that you throw on it after you’ve done your thing it will take out even more moisture. This is a positive thing, because it is actually the moisture that will make it stinky. When added lots of moisture to poop the decomposition will be an-aerobic and this will stink. But when it is dry, the decomposition will be aerobically which is not stinky. Well we are ready to try it out. We bought ours on the internet, just type in toilet separator.

Step 4: Putting it all together composting toilet

You need to create a little space where you can slide in the separator. We screwed in a little piece of wood with some rings in between all the way at the edge. Close the box. We used plastic cover for the kitchen table we still had, because we wanted to do something fun and not make the box to heavy. Then we added two handles (which we recuperated from an old serving tray) so we can carry it easily around if we want to. Put it all in the corner where you want it and assemble:Now the watering can comes in handy because you put a hose on the end of the separator and direct it straight into the watering can. Then at the end of each day, you add water. You can add the water through the separator so you rinse the separator and hose at the same time. Take out the watering can and water your plants. The watering can is all the way up front, but you normally pee forward and men will have to sit down for a pee, otherwise you’ll have a hard time aiming.scoop out of plastic bottleThen you need another bin for ash or sawdust. We use the ash from our woodstove, or go to the local wood place, bring a shovel and they usually give you sawdust for free (which really works better than the ash by the way). You need a little scoop to scoop the sawdust in the bin after your thing. We recycled a 5L plastic container like so: And tadaaaaa, we have ourselves a retro dry toilet corner.

Ah yes, last little thing. What to do when your bin is full?Make a separate composting corner for this. It needs to compost for about two years, because poop can hold some nasty bacteria’s. After that, use it around trees, but not on your veggie garden just to be sure.

Volunteer weeks at Simply Permaculture 1-15 April 2016 in SW France

Simply Permaculture volunteer weeks 

Would you like to discover the working of a permaculture farm and small campsite first hand? 1-15 April 2016 we will organise again the annual volunteer weeks.

In the first spring sun we are going to do the odd job like gardening, handy stuff, painting and more. Included are of course: good food, ping pong contests and hanging out around the camp fire.There are many things to do. As long as the weather permits we will be outside. There are lots of gardening jobs in our food forest, the swales and the veggie garden, but gardening is not the only thing we will do. There are also cleaning, painting jobs fencing and other things dependent on the skills of the volunteers. There are no costs and we work 6 hours a day (9-12 and 3-6)

What we Ask We are looking for independent workers who are not afraid off physical work. You stay a minimum of one week, but of course you are welcome to join us for both the weeks. Men and women are all welcome, but unfortunately we don’t receive children this week.What we offerTransfers from the trainstation in Ste Foy la Grande3 meals a dayShared 2-person bedroom in our holiday home.You take care of your trip to Simply Permaculture (fly to Bordeaux and on with the train to Ste Foy la Grande or fly to Bergerac, where we will come and pick you up).

Want to come?Send us an e-mail and tell us a little about yourself, your age, what you like to do or special skills and for which dates you would like to come. We have a maximum of 10-12 persons so don’t wait too long.

Simply Permaculture is a farm, a garden to visit and a demonstration site to inspire you. The farm comprises 12.5 acres of land designed according to the permaculture principles. There is a glamping site with 6 safari tents and 3 cottages. We are situated in the countryside belonging to the village of Saint Jean de Duras in the Lot et Garonne department, close to Bergerac, SW France.Click here for a you tube movie about our place or visit us on www.simplypermaculture.com

Kennen jullie Simply Permaculture al?

the garden of Simply Permaculture

Er is weer van alles gebeurd in de tuin van Simply Permaculture in 2015. Tot nu toe was de tuin alleen toegankelijk voor onze vakantiebezoekers. In 2015 zijn we een non profit organisatie geworden. De tuin is nu open voor vrijwilligers en bezoekers die ons komen helpen, voor een rondleiding of een workshop komen of gewoon om lekker even te wandelen over het land. Je vindt allemaal borden met uitleg, vragen en funfacts om meer te leren over de natuur en met name natuurlijk over permacultuur. Je kunt allerlei demonstratieprojecten bekijken op het gebied van permacultuur om inspiratie op te doen. We zitten alweer boordevol plannen voor 2016. Bekijk hier wat er allemaal te doen en te zien was in 2015.

The Poisonous Tree; turning to permaculture and self sufficiency
Over the last few years we’ve been watching a bunch of documentaries and films on the food industry and could not believe all the mind-blowing absurdities involved at every level of the process as well as the unbearable cruelty imposed to the animals.

At first we were disgusted, discouraged and slightly depressed. Instead of remaining stuck in apathy, we decided to take it as an incentive to act. The awareness of what we eat and how it is produced just triggered in us the desire and the need to take the matter back into our own hands and start growing our own food following the advice of inspiring people and documentaries we came across. We never expected the amount of energy, fun and inspiration it has given us.

Looking at the food situation nowadays, I have a story in mind I’ve heard some time ago about a poisonous tree:

A person is travelling through a new area and comes across a tree that he has never seen before. It is filled with delicious looking fruits and he decides to taste one. However he quickly finds out that the fruit is poisonous. He vomits it out and is able to survive. When he arrives to the next local village he shares his story so that the villagers can take action in order to prevent others from being poisoned. Some villagers think it is best to chop down the tree and make it go away. Other villagers think they should spare the tree and simply put a sign to warn by passers. One of them who has some knowledge of plans and remedies suggests that he can take the time to study the tree in order to find a cure.

When it comes to the “poisonous tree” of food production, there are different ways of dealing with this situation. And whatever way we choose to follow is to be respected as long as we don’t become righteous, dogmatic or even “preachy” about it.

Some of friends and relatives on scandals and others horrors they discover about the meat business and their decision to no longer take part in it by becoming vegetarian or vegan.

We ourselves are no longer vegetarian (after 10 years of vegetarianism for Sandra and only 3 for Santi) and for a while we did our best to by organic meat or avoid buying meat of “unhappy” animals. We eventually decided to take responsibility for the meat that we eat and decided to raise animals for part of the meat that we consume.

Taking a life is a very confronting and emotional action but it also brought us so much more respect and gratitude to the animals that we raise and take care of.

To us, respecting life is not about not killing at all but to understand and accept that it is part of the cycle of life and death.
Integrating Permaculture on our land

We’ve first arrived on this property at the end of 2007 and there were only the 2 houses and the wooden barn. With only 6 months to build and get everything ready for our first tourist season, there was plenty for us to do. It has then taken us the following 3 years to find our way and our balance with very little time, space and energy to focus on the land.  For the longest time our wish was to replant a forest and bring more life back into the empty 4Ha field. Watching a lot of documentaries during our spare time and in the low season, especially about nature, farming and food, it was only with shock, disgust and discouragement that we’ve discovered the greed, cruelty and sometimes madness pushing the food industry. Our first reaction was to stop consuming “bad” food and produce but as the list was getting longer and longer, we’ve both felt the need to act instead of just react and finally decided to dedicate more time, energy and most of our yearly savings to grow and produce our own food. While looking around and searching, we’ve dived into organic gardening and Permaculture as source of inspiration. After completing a PDC (Permaculture Design Course), we came up with tons of cool little projects and experiments that we have built throughout our land as well as a design for the coming 2, 5 and 10 years in order to turn the 4Ha field into a self-sufficient food forest. We never expected the amount of energy, fun and inspiration it has given us. We are happy to share this with you.Sandra & Santi  

Simply Bed & Breakfast, St. Jean de Duras, South West France

Garden to visit | Permaculture | Place to Stay

Come and visit our 5 hectare permaculture garden. A lovely outing for friends, the entire family, groups or schools. Regular guided tours and workshops. Situated in Saint Jean de Duras, between Bergerac, Duras & Eymet on the border of the Lot et Garonne et Dordogne departments

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