Introduction to Permaculture
Embodying the essence of sustainable and restorative agriculture, permaculture is an innovative approach that prioritises the health of the environment and the efficiency of food production. By working in harmony with natural systems and cycles, these techniques aim to minimise waste and increase efficiency. With a focus on soil management, crop rotation, and the integration of crops and livestock, we strive to create self-sufficient and diverse ecosystems that flourish on their own. Livestock, chickens and ducks, are an integral part of this harmonious landscape, providing us with delectable eggs while the ducks also serve as natural pest and weed controllers.
The Origin of Permaculture
A visionary concept in agriculture and land use design, Permaculture was introduced to the world by the pioneering efforts of two esteemed Australian ecologists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in the 1970s. The term ‘Permaculture’ is a succinct way of expressing the idea of ‘permanent agriculture’ or ‘permanent culture’, reflecting the founders’ commitment to a more sustainable and harmonious way of life. Recognizing the devastating impact of traditional industrial-style agriculture on the environment and human health, Mollison and Holmgren set out to create a new, more responsible, regenerative approach to food production and land use.
The Mandala-Shaped Planter Garden
Infusing the principles of Permaculture with the rich cultural heritage of the Balinese people, we have crafted a beautiful and functional mandala-shaped planter garden. Not only is its visually stunning form a joy to behold, it also serves as a simple and efficient means of planting. But, most notably, the mandala shape symbolises balance in life, embodying the essence of a harmonious and sustainable approach to agriculture and land use.
The First Harvest in Permaculture
After composting the soil in August and planting in September, finally our Permaculture Farm Garden began to give us a harvest. Various vegetables, such as lettuce, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, bok choy, zucchinis, celery, parsley, leeks, eggplants, red radishes, white radishes, cucumbers and green beans, are being harvested regularly, albeit in small amounts. As each day passes, we are proud to see a steady increase in the variety of vegetables grown on our farm.
Although the current harvest is limited, we are confident in the quality of each vegetable. Our priority is quality over quantity. The vegetables we cultivate are healthy and display bright, vibrant colours, indicating the presence of important nutrients, antioxidants and freshness. We distribute these crops to customers who have placed their orders in advance.
The Beauty and Simplicity of Cultivating Crops in Their Natural Environment
We believe that this innovative farming methodology will serve as a shining exemplar of both sustainability and environmentally responsible agriculture to the community. We also open our farm to the public with the aim of educating and showcasing the natural process of growing vegetables. Our focus is on utilising natural elements such as sunlight and rain, rather than relying on artificial greenhouses or plastic structures. We invite everyone to visit and experience the beauty and simplicity of cultivating crops in their natural environment. Come and experience the harmonious balance of nature at our permaculture farm garden. (Dhamar)