the permaculture farm concept


The thoughtful mood of a crisis gave my idea of an own farm an abetment and provided the long-term orientation. Because I realised that self-sufficiency could represent a certain level of crisis security, but the climate crisis demanded more of me. I did not come out of the responsibility to think about the world of tomorrow and to consider whether more is possible than my self-sufficiency.

The basic idea of the permaculture was already obligatory and I played with the idea to extend this basic concept by a significant holistical point of view. A perspective which could integrate the human with all his needs into interrelation to the system and would lead to act more than to supply the person with food. The construction of a comprehensive ecosystem puts the human in a connection to his environment and pays attention to the fact that neither the person nor the nature is a pure resource which is exploited.

As well as the human carries physical, mental and emotional needs on himself, all living beings are carried in this system by the needs which allow a good life. The question, how it goes for the human, if he works on the field, if he comes in contact with the food, when he prepares this food and eats it, must play a role again if our thoughts rotate around food. It must be relevant how the movement of a human can be so integrated in this ecosystem that the ecosystem profits from it and has also an added value. The creation of a habitat for all living beings stands at the uppermost place.

The vision of my permaculture farm is therefore the vision of a good life, which enables an independence for me and makes encounters with other living beings more careful – between humans and human to nature. I would prefer to push back dependencies on money flows in order to become more independent of the consents of others and to decide more freely. Because “when we are free, our understanding of what life is all about is no longer so easy to confuse with other people’s expectations of us.“ (The school of life Berlin)




# Establishing a holistic approach

Everything that is to be done on the permaculture farm is previously viewed with a holistic eye. It answers the question of what impact human action will have on all living beings, including himself, in this small ecosystem. Thus, human must integrate himself holistically and have always to reflect because he is in interrelation with the system surrounding him and himself. The needs of the human have to be integrated in such a way that they serve the system and are also a benefit to the system. The ecosystem is designed in such a way that the human feels comfortable in it, has his places and at the same time respects that other living beings also have their place there. During the management have the idea the highest priority that the ecosystem is gained and only taken something from it as much as the system can tolerate without harm and with being able to regenerate. Priority is given to mindfulness and appreciation, knowledge and self-empowerment, attention and enjoyment and life in harmony with nature and the seasons over a possible profit.

# Soil structure and soil fertility

An ecosystem can only be built holistically if it is also future-oriented. A future orientation is created by a permanently fertile soil that is able to hold resources and stay healthy, as well as by a basic flexibility that can react to change.
The ecosystem in the soil is just as basic as the visible world above it and must be treated with due care. All interventions in this soil system must be soil-friendly in order to build up humus and to bind CO2 in the soil.

# Establishment of protective measures

The ecosystem gets a special protection. Protective actions will be taken to protect the resources of this system in particular.
These include reducing water consumption, minimising management effort, preventing soil erosion and creating ecological niches for domestic animals.

# Prevention of harmful environmental impacts

From everyone in this permacultural ecosystem is expected that he understand himselves as an integral part of the ecological system and avoid behaviour that has a harmful effect on that ecosystem. No pollutants are introduced, no heavy agricultural machinery is used, no waste is produced which cannot be introduced into the cycle as a resource and does not accept exploitation and destruction of natural resources. The economic principle is economics in accordance with natural resources, including one’s own, work power, time and energy.

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## Consistent inclusion of soil life

## Call for the regeneration of the mother soil, biodiversity and water cycle

## No- till and preservative agriculture

## Restoration of microbial processes in the soil

## Recarbonization to bind CO2 in the soil – Operating carbon farming to transform atmospheric CO2 by photosynthesis into plant material (above ground and in roots) and humus (organic constituent of soil)

## Building humus as a CO2- storage

## Production of evergreen fields


* Observe and interact
* Catch and store energy
* Obtain a yield
* Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
* Use and value renewable resources
* Produce no waste
* Design from patterns to details
* Integrate rather than segregate
* Use small and slow solutions
* Use and value diversity
* Use edges and value the marginal
* Creatively use and respond to change