Aralar Permaculture is a particular project (family of 4) located near Aralar's mountains. 1.6 hectares of land well targeted, fertile, 500m high, with spring and a stone's house with more of 300 years. We are implementing Permaculture's knowledge to develop a site that serves as a demonstration and inspiration for others.
Aralar Permaculture is located near Aralar's mountains. It has 1.6 hectares of land. well targeted, fertile, at 500m high. With spring and a stone's house with more of 300 years. The land was purchased in May 2008 after a long search, and consists of about 3,000 m2 of trees (chestnut, hazel, oak, ash, elder, etc). The remaining land is pasture, almost all covered with brambles and nettles. One half is fairly flat and the other one has a slope of 20-30 degrees. In the middle, a hedge with the spring. In the picture below you see the site when we bought it:
In autumn 2008 we did an access road to the house with an infiltration trench to capture water. We have planted fruit trees: apple, pear, fig, cherry, plum, peach, loquat, blueberries, kiwis, etc). Also cleaned up some of the nettle and brambles and put alfalfa, clover and grass. We prepared a small pond to store some water. In the next picture you can see some of these changes:
In the next picture is the distribution by zones of the site. Note that slope is important in some places and we must take account of this to stablish zones:
At this time we are fixing the house, expanding the pool (passes form 1m3 to 7m3), we have 2 water tanks of 1000 liters in the highest point for irrigation by gravity, and are mounting the irrigation system. We are also repairing the fence, because wild animals come from the forest and damage the fruit trees. When the fence and irrigation system is finished we will start with a orchard.
As future projects we want to repair a hydraulic ram to pump water to tanks without pumps. Build a home-made turbine to generate a small amount of electricity, thermosolar panels to heat water. And we have more ideas but we are developping gradually.
The project is familiar, most of the time one person is working alone in their spare time. One of the things we want to show is permaculture can be done with little labour. We have hand tools and basic agricultural equipment (cultivator, brush cutter)
In the future we want to build more tools and equipment, preferably hand tools (wood chipper for example). I think this could be one of our specialities.
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At the moment it is not possible to visit the site, perhaps in the future with the realization of workshops and courses. Don't worry, you can follow us here.
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Evolution of Mandala-Lauburu-Garden
Evolution of Mandala-Lauburu-Garden: some pictures taken during this summer
First Permaculture Introduction's course: July 2012
From time to time give a course in our local environment, this has been the first one and was great.
Summer tasks in Permacultura Aralar
A list of our summer tasks
Lauburu garden finished
Finally our Lauburu-Mandala-Garden is going !
First Guided Tour in Permacultura Aralar !
Our first guided tour, we've scheduled more in July and September.
Lauburu-Mandala garden: the concept
Our concept about Lauburu-Mandala garden, One project desired and almost finished
It’s a special moment when you end the installation of water, open valves and water comes out wherever you want, clean and fresh, without effort or pumps, only by gravity’s force.
How we pump water in our permaculture site
Water Tanks finished (II)
Finally we've finished our water tanks with 2000 liters. A few improvements and all is fine now.
How we use drip irrigation with our ten kiwis
Kiwis and their structure
Kiwis need work, here's our plantation
Earth Dam (I)
An approach to our earth dam, completely handmade with earth and stone of the site itself and about 7m3 capacity
Water Tanks for irrigation (I)
To irrigate by gravity we have installed two tanks totaling 2000 liters
Making an access road: earthworks, evolution, problems, tips
Evolution of the access road since we made it in summer 2008. Our experience could be useful for you.
Irrigation system, current status and a brief review of the future
Here shows you the current status of the irrigation system in our site, we are improving the system with one earth dam, water tanks and more..