January 2015: Food Forest Madeira, Portugal: 5ª Natureza

January 2015: Food Forest Madeira, Portugal: 5ª Natureza.

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Here is the Food Forest course wrap up from our time in madeira at the beginning of the year.  Many great things took place on the land and internally. From banana circles to tamarillo orchard retrofit! Another weekend food forest course coming up as well in Colares, Portugal.  http://treeyopermaculture.com/previous-treeyo-courses/january-2015-food-forest-madeira-portugal-5a-natureza/


Pressing publish from the studio at Terra Alta on a EDU tree chapter article on Windbreaks.  Great way to add biodiversity back in and bring crop resilience.  http://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-6-trees/windbreaks/



Windbreaks were once a commonplace element in the landscape when farming was small scale intensive and resource efficient. As agriculture practices transformed and land use became the growing of extensive and energy intensive systems, windbreaks and the diversityand stability that they brought to the landscape was withered along with the natural capital around them. Windbreaks, formed in a triangular shape, are key elements in sound designs as to deal with sectors. Sometimes it is a drying summer wind limiting growth of crops while other times it’s a cold winter wind whipping valuable heat from the house. Both are leaks of energy causing resource depletion yet blocking this through good design is possible. Furthermore, the Dust Bowl in the Midwest of the states in the 1930’s is the classic example in history of what happens when these valuable resources are taken out and the ensuing effects. The American literature classic called the Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, details just this and how the social and economic factors are intertwined so inextricably.

With that, the following are things to consider when designing a sound wind break:

  • appropriate sighting
  • spacing
  • shape
  • species selection
  • management

Restoring Natural Stream Hydrology | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook

Restoring Natural Stream Hydrology | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook.

New EDU article under the water chapter, this time on restoring natural stream hydrology. Explains the patterns and history of degradation as well as some of the tools possible to bring balance. Fun to play in the streams, remember doing it as a child?

excerpt below:


Imagine a stream full of fish and amphibians, the stream winding through an ecosystem, meandering naturally.  The winding action creating habitat as it sreams downward, cleansing water and bringing a wide range of ambiance through edge diversity while being full of logs and big stones.  The tangled messes in front of us looks chaotic, yet this diversity is the fulcrum of order actually. Unfortunately this pattern of wild habitat has not been how land managers have been viewing how they should manage their water resources for quite some time now. Instead the straightening, channeling and “cleaning” of streams has had a detrimental affect on local ecosystems and the hydrological cycle.  For far too long our perspective on water has been to shed it rather than harvest it and then pipe in water at a great expense of energy including finances.  Instead we should look and seek inspiration from our zone five areas that are filled with “junk” and seem rather unkempt.

Three Week PDC, Permaculture Design Course, Europe, Terra Alta, Sintra, Portugal

Three Week PDC, Permaculture Design Course, Europe, Terra Alta, Sintra, Portugal.

Exciting new course at Terra Alta this upcoming spring that last three weeks this time. Increased hands-on including organic gardening, focus on social permaculture, and more trips to the local places that are stunning! And continuing our unique design project that really brings a holistic perspective.

Food Forests or Forest Gardens

Food Forests or Forest Gardens.

First entry into the trees chapter as we prepare for the food forest workshop at Terra Alta next weekend.  proud moment, so many hours, hope it helps you on the journey. Enjoy, i sure did, amazing how much you learn when you write.  The fun part of being an author of an online book.  http://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-6-trees/food-forests-or-forest-gardens/

Quick Summary

A biodiverse forest that is stacked in space and time thus abundantly yielding food and other outputs including building natural capital. Seven layers or so are developed to give yields early on in the system and all throughout its life as it matures. In essence, Vines drape on trees, herbs grow next to shrubs, and roots are dug when appropriate. Meanwhile vegetables are interspersedGuild sectionproducing quickly while groundcovers spread to protect. Support species are highly integrated to develop soils and push the succession forward quickly. Edge is always remembered with maximum production in this system being one where there is not a completely closed canopy. Nuclei developed early on in the system, such as a tree guild, merge over time to form a holistic ecosystem. Animal integration is warranted and evolves, as the system gets older. Prepatory earthworks and soil repair often accompanies the implementation phase. Chop and drop and cycling of the layers over time are the main management tool as well as plant propagation for biodiversity and the stability and resilience that that brings.

Thermophilic Composting Hot | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook

Thermophilic Composting Hot | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook.

An excerpt from our EDU article:

Basic Pattern Process:

Materials are gathered and a pile is heaped together in layers in one or two days to achieve the ideal size and hot compost conditions. Ratios of materials are used to

Hot Compost Pile at Maharishi University of Management, UNI PDC, Iowa, USA 2011

formulate a pile that will heat up and produce a quality compost aimed at improving soil fertility and seeding thewhole soil food web. The pile is monitored for moisture content, temperature and overall quality throughout the duration of the pile. When needed the pile is turned, or often called flipped, to decrease temperature and increase oxygen content. The pile goes through a hot process then turns to cold compost, which is aided further by compost worms. The compost is used in a myriad of ways in the garden, nursery, or broad acre applications through a liquidification process.

August 2014: 9th PDC Portugal: Terra Alta | TreeYo Permaculture

Course Recap

August 2014: 9th PDC Portugal: Terra Alta A principle that guides us in our permaculture design and management of systems is accelerate succession and evolution. When this concept is examined through the lens of a two-week PDC at Terra Alta, this evolution occurs not only on the site but within the inner landscape of all. Problems turn into solutions and as we work with the nature inside each one of ourselves, transformation occurs. This was a special PDC for the group experiencing deep levels of succession within their knowledge around permaculture and relation to self and community.

via August 2014: 9th PDC Portugal: Terra Alta | TreeYo Permaculture.

July 2014: 8th PDC Portugal: Terra Alta

July 2014: 8th PDC Portugal: Terra Alta.

From the blog on the July course in Portugal: When a group forms, when a community is built, when laughs are shared, when emotions are reached, when the journey of seeing with new eyes captivates.  The experience of a PDC is a beautiful experience, one rich with transformation, insight, and good times.  The beauty of people radiate as an opening occurs, relaxation, joking, and sharing all become the impetus for the need to change and drive a deeper reflection and inspiration to be the change. This group of 19 that came together was truly a rich endeavor, living with light and love.


via July 2014: 8th PDC Portugal: Terra Alta.

Permaculture Design Course Spain, Europe October 2014 | TreeYo Permaculture

Permaculture Design Course Spain, Europe October 2014 | TreeYo Permaculture.

Same great TreeYo PDC course, new location, in a nice time of year to enjoy the mountain landscape of Spain. outside of Barcelona are beautiful forests, stunning rivers, and epic landscapes where the journey will be held. Coming together with a new group of people to teach with and look forward to extras of yoga and mindfulness practices and also the integration of deep ecology.

Rain Gardens | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook

Rain Gardens | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook.

Love pressing publish as positive and informative media is needed.  This one is on rain gardens, a simple design feature that directs runoff to basins for infiltration.  Associated plantings can be food producing, biomass producing or habitat producing. Big or small, they keep water quality high and help to recharge groundwater, a vital and dwindling resource.  http://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-9-earth-working-and-earth-resources/rain-gardens/