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Introduction to Permaculture with the Rythms of the Mountain in Chao Sobral

Posted by João Gonçalves over 9 years ago

Guided tour in Chao Sobral, real life examples ...







Permaculture Design Principles explained during the following subjects



During the morning, starting 8h30:


Rhythms of Agriculture:

- Farming practices:

  - Farming with the 4 seasons

  - Crop rotation and animal rotation (sheeps and goats)

- “Return of surplus”: The construction of terraces and "tunnels"

- Permanent biomass harvest from the mountain shrubs (Erica, Cytisus, Genista)

- Farm animals, and manure production: goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits, oxen

- Hay, perennial grass harvest and fixing carbon in the soil

- Water systems, springs, waterways, tanks, creek "summer dams", community ownership and management

- Trees

  - Mulch, poles and fire wood from the pine and strawberry tree forest

  - Nitrogen fixing trees

  - Tree crops

- Wild useful herbs

- Fires


Hands on, depending on the season:

- Potato harvest and vegetables for lunch

- Making bread in wood fired oven

- Making fresh goat cheese


12h Lunch break



Afternoon subjects, 14h:


Collective and Culture Rythms


- Building houses with xist and chestnut trees wood

- The conviviality and the works of the “União Progressiva de Chão Sobral” (peoples association)

- "Zone 4&5" The management of the commons land

- The writers and literature in Chão Sobral

- Local trades and business

- Economy “0 waste”

- Handicrafters “live”:

  + Knifes

  + Carpets made with cloth stripes

  + Arraiolos tapestry

  + Treeroots handicraft

  + Medronho, spirit, liquors

  + Xist, souvenirs







- 30 euros

- 5 euros for UPCS Association Members or students

- Contacts: joaovox @ yahoo . com or 96 96 80 009






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