1º Ciclo de Encontros "Ambientes comestíveis - Florestas de Alimentos e Agro-florestas em Zonas de Incêndio" em Chão Sobral
O programa é co-criado pelos participantes e vai ser em detalhe adaptado aos interesses e perguntas dos participantes de cada encontro.
Porquê / Why:
"Porque vivemos num barril de pólvora ... " e precisamos testar práticas, gerar conhecimento e entender as diferentes maneiras de lidar com o nosso ecossistema, reduzindo o potencial destrutivo do fogo e gerando economia, serviços ecológicos e saúde.
"Because we live in a gunpowder barrel ... " and we need to test practices, enacting knowledge and understand the different ways to deal with our ecosystem, reducing the destructive fire hazard and generating economy, ecological services and health.
Visitas de estudo guiadas a zonas de incêndio, ambientes comestíveis e sistemas agro-florestais locais
Apresentações e oficinas temáticas
Actividades práticas agro-florestais e florestais para apoiar projetos locais
Guided study tours through fire-prone landscapes, edible landscapes and agroforestry systems
Presentations and workshops
Agro-forestry and forestry hands-on activities to support local projects
Sábados / Saturdays - 25 Maio/ May, 1, 8, 15 e 22 de Junho / June 2013
9h-17h com intervalo para almoço.
Chão Sobral - Serra do Açor - Freguesia de Aldeia das Dez - Concelho de Oliveira do Hospital - Distrito de Coimbra - Portugal
Organizado por João Gonçalves - Terras Altas - Permacultura Aldeia Pedagógica
Organised by João Gonçalves - Terras Altas - Permaculture Learning Village
The project has internet access, renewable energy (solar), multi-functional open plan space, large kitchen dining area, a couple of caravans and plenty of room for tents. These would all be made available for the duration of your stay.
What we would like from you is to water and tend to the various growing areas including a poly tunnel, greenhouse, various raised beds etc. But most importantly, Queen Bee - the Hive cat, recently brought 5 kittens into the world which would need some TLC. This would roughly consist of 1-2 hours of work per day.
Ray (project manager) will be in the UK to take care of the links back home, raise some funds, and get out and meet like minded people through his work with Greenpeace at Glastonbury. He will be away for 6 weeks, from the end of May until July. The length of time that you were able to commit to can be negotiated, but to be here for 6 weeks would be best.
If you would like to know more about The Hive, have a look at our website at www.thehiveportugal.org. If you are interested in the position, please email Ray as soon as possible, at email@example.com, leaving phone or Skype details so that Ray can give you a call.
Please pass this on to any like minded people you know, as this is a matter of some
We look forward to hearing from you,
All at The Hive
We have 5 trees, planted 2 years ago at the same time. The tallest is about 2 mtrs.
They were seeded at the same time, but have different growth pattern and shapes.
This site receives the strongest autumn winds we get around.
They are also exposed to the north freezing winds, and tip damage accurs in such events.
They will function has a south side windbreak edge along with Rosemary planted under their canopy.
In the future they will be pruned so as to cut limit their growth vertically and expand their growth horizontly.
They are the south edge of a agro-forestry flood irrigated tiny system that includes other trees like olives, pomegranate, peach, plums, apples, cherry, and kaki, plus perenials like palm cabbage, jerusalem artichoke, raspberry and mint.
Annual crops this spring include potatoe, lettuce, beet, palm cabbage, onions.
This tree performs the functions:
- capture wind energy and transform it into (very useful) wood, protecting other trees from wind damage
- capture sunlight relieving sunlight stress from other (deciduos) trees
- nitrogen fixing into the soil
- production of mulch, litter/leaves to use in the vegetable garden nearby
- produce seeds with new "local" genetics
Just today as I was looking through some cartography maps I found online (http://mapas.igeo.pt/). I found that there is a mountain further over beyond the one facing my land called 'Cabeço Grande'.
The (small) mountain that faces my quinta is called 'Cu de Boi'. From what I've been told, this translates to 'the bulls ass'.
I first thought that 'Cabeço Grande' would mean 'big head'.
Really got me wondering if there ever was some kind of relationship between the bulls ass and the big head. I started imagining that perhaps it's part of a bigger image (like a whole bull!!) and that maybe there is some kind of terraneous constellation thing going on here that I don't know about.
I was really getting excited :-)
Further research however seemed to indicate that Cabeço is more likely to mean 'mountain' (see the link below). So if there is a relationship then I am none the wiser on it. If anyone is any wiser then please send forth your wisdom :-)
I tried looking up Cabeço Grande on the web but the the closest I could find was Cabeço Gordo in the Island of Faial. One of the islands of Acores.
Cabeço Gordo (Portuguese for "fat mountain") is the highest mountain, massive stratovolcano and the largest geomorphological structure that forms the island of Faial.
|The Caldeira crater of Cabeço Gordo, located on the island of Faial|
|Close-up of the caldera base, showing the|
junct fields, peat bogs and swamps
Looks beautiful. Must be an amazing place to visit.
[reflecting into history]
The thing about the bull reminds me of a dream I had when I was a kid, where I was next to a field where there was a bull. I didn't realise it would eventually materialise in this form, much more delightful to the I ...
Now that I mention that dream it reminds me of another dream I had of having tombstones of my relatives in the back yard (the dream was relative to the house I was living in at the time), and now I find myself in this strange land (yes it's strange here), where in my back yard there is a chapel. The chapel of Saint Gabriel (same name as my father) with some tombstones just above.
So it does leave me in wonder.
The essence of Enchanted Acres as a project stretches between Portugal and the UK where we wish to provide informative workshops in order to pass on the skills and vital knowledge that will enable people to live in harmony with our planet, to the benefit of each other, our children and our wider friends, family and community.
We wish to demonstrate the skills that will inspire healthy living and sustainable methods, covering a variety of topics including herbalism, juicing and raw food creation, the making of natural fuels as well as eco building, reflexology, meditation, recycling, rainwater harvesting, foraging, permaculture gardening and basket weaving, while also highlighting the dangers facing our pollinators, marine life and other creatures that are having their habitats destroyed by humans.
We believe such knowledge should be shared freely, ensuring that accessibility is open to everyone, without the burden of financial cost.
We hope that by sharing and teaching information and skills that we have gained from years of research and application we can reach a wider audience, which, in turn means people will be more willing to offer their new skills to others in a similar vain…aiding us to work together to sustain a healthy mind, body and spirit, while hoping to undo some of the damage from Ecocide which is harming Planet Earth every second of every day.
With this crowd funding appeal we are specifically looking for funds to facilitate the hands on practical applications of Enchanted Acres Portugal.
For us to get the vital pieces of the jigsaw in place we need £3400 – This money will enable us to start building the main framework in the following ways:
- £650 to hire a digger and create rainwater harvesting systems
- £900 to purchase trees and seeds with which we can plant the beginnings of an extensive food forest.
- £1850 to get the materials with which we can make a brilliant growing space and a straw bale, cob wall classroom where lessons and discussions can be held in any weather conditions.
You can see more information and donate via http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/investment/enchanted-acres-1963
Once these fundamental stages of the project are in place. People from all over Europe can come and learn with us at no cost, either in Portugal or back in the UK. For UK sessions we will have set dates in central locations and can bring information sourced from Enchanted Acres Portugal to share with as many people as possible.
We can also supply eco friendly accommodation on site, where people can stay and retreat while learning. To remove the need for money from this area too, we plan to set up a wish list of skills which we and other participants would like to learn, with the offer of free accommodation in exchange for such knowledge.
If we manage to exceed our target amount, we intend to use all extra funds to buy more trees which will be planted to offset the carbon footprint from people travelling to Portugal and any journey back to the UK. We will continue to fund further growth of the project through selling tipis and at set times through the year offering the site as a holiday destination for families and couples retreat holidays.
We have scraped every penny together to get this project off the ground, but this is the last part that we simply can not not fulfil without your help. We are hoping that what to you individually is a small amount of money, will collectively be enough to really get things moving!
We know together we can make a difference to so many people and future generations. We hope you can join us on this wonderful journey, where, with your generosity and our hard work we can build a brilliant space for learning and sharing which can help so many people and form a more secure future for generations to come. Thank you xx
About Clare and Andy Monson:
We are tipi makers currently based in West Cornwall, where we live with our son Thomas who is 4 years old, and our ‘rescue’ animal family consisting of a rather strange but adorable hairless dog called Benji, Molly the blind cat, Frugal the irritating puppy, Puck and Torsie the tortoises and Cuckoo and Dandelion our silkie hen and cockerel.
We grow our own vegetables within a permaculture framework and keep healthy using herbalism, meditaion, reflexology, yoga and juicing, while living as much of a low impact life as possible and recycling or re-using everying we can.
This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our volunteers or visitors to say a few words. Serge is one of our longer staying volunteers, and has kindly agreed to share his diary.
A Visitor’s Perspective: Serge’s Diary
A week has passed since my latest trip back to Lisbon (this time to spend a few days with Yoska and her parents, who were visiting from Holland), and life on the farm goes on as quickly as ever. It took me very little time to adjust back to the rhythm compared to my last holiday, which may have something to do with it. The weather has, for the most part, remained unchanged, and we are still enjoying plenty of sun. This allows for uninterrupted work and productivity; much is getting done.
Spring is truly upon us, with buds and blossom everywhere. The main focus for WWOOFer related activity has been on preparing the land (primarily the lower pastures and raised beds) for planting. Watering has also been necessary to ward off the ill effects of the dry spell on the plants and earth, along with weeding, planting out seedlings and digging water channels. Apart from the seasonal labour there have been some other projects, ranging from the educational and interesting to the mildly unpleasant (the latter referring to the emptying of the compost toilets- don’t worry, the poo had already been composting for a year!).
I was given the opportunity to slaughter my first animal: a duck. The five ducks (now four) don’t lay, and serve little purpose other than being eaten. An effective and painless method was employed to kill the duck, which involved breaking the duck’s neck by placing it on the ground and standing on a broomstick on top of it, then taking it by the legs and pulling them sharply upwards. Not knowing what to expect, I yanked with all my might- and pulled the poor duck’s head clean off! Needless to say, it made a huge mess and I felt sorry for it, but the method was effective in that it suffered little. This was immediately followed by the plucking (much easier while the body is still warm), gutting and removal of the feet. The following day the duck, expertly prepared by Andrea, appeared on our dinner plates in the form of arroz do pato (duck rice). It was a satisfying and delicious experience.
Working on, but unfortunately failing to fix, the rotavator.
I am now entering my final month as a Casalinho WWOOFer, though I have chosen to stay a few days longer in order to become a certified permaculturalist by participating in the PDC (Permaculture Design Course). Considering I was entirely foreign to permaculture (and indeed agriculture) before this WWOOF experience, it is a big step, and I am glad to be taking it.
Other highlights of the past week include:
-Teef’s puppies, now six weeks old, are becoming a dominant theme. There are eight of them, all tirelessly yipping, chewing and bouncing around. They are a joy and a nuisance in equal measure. (Andrea’s note – Five still looking for new homes. Can you help?)
-Luisa and Carlos, a couple who stayed at Casalinho whilst looking for land in order to pursue their aim of self-sufficiency, recommended several sustainability-oriented groups in Luxembourg. When I go back home I will definitely be looking to participate in the permaculture transition activities.
Puppy photo by Yoska.