Long-term design at Boodaville

People often ask me about the permaculture design at Boodaville. It is a massive task putting together this whole complex design in a way that people can see it clearly and I am simultaneously trying to run the site as an education centre (which is part of the plan!). So I have compiled here, in English with about half the documents translated into Spanish all the information that has been written so far, and the rest of it is still in my brain… but it is there I promise!! I just need to grasp the concept of getting it out of my brain and written down and then make it a reality. I’ve been moving directly from brain to reality with a few diagrams along the way!!

Here’s to a design that can be seen more clearly by all! And then used to make the site the efficient permaculture designed dream!!

So here you have :

Summary of the future vision

Future vision working document from which overall design can be mapped

Data collected to make calculations for water etc.

Annual Reports, with yearly targets







April at Boodaville..

31288513_10156028237193153_3991843596763398144_oThank you so much to our volunteers this month!!! Maja, Simon, Roy, Claudia, Judith y Gala have done some great work preparing for the living permaculture course, dealing with loads of rain :), planting gardens, digging a new toilet hole, preparing the dome for this season, and looking after the site of our small Boodaville community. We said goodbye to Claudia, Judith and Simon this week but Maja and Roy are living there all season, so if you are coming to the Festival, or to our next course in June they will be there to welcome you!


Gala at the river! Look how much water there is!!! That is the same swim spot we always go to, compare with last July :


I was between Barcelona and Boodaville in April, here’s a spot of Urban Gardening we did with some families from the neighbourhood on Montjuic!! ūüôā

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Wicking bed!!


We finished the wicking bed during our Living Permaculture course, here are the designs and photos of the process!!

Read more about wicking beds here : https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/diy-instructions/wicking-bed-construction/

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Day 1 and 2 of our Living Permaculture Course…

Hemos empezado el curso y despu√©s de un d√≠a de teor√≠a vamos adelantando el trabajo practico de crear dos “wicking beds” (huertos especial para usar muy poca agua) y para plantar calabacin y calabazas en los de za√Įs y finalmente vamos a poder plantar algo de verduar en frente de la cocina! (ver las entradas previas para mas info!!

We’ve started the living permculture course and after one day of theory we are moving forward with the practical tasks of creating wicking beds and planting on top of the za¬®s. We’ll also e planting food in front of the kitchen!! (see previous blog posts for more info)

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Growing food at Boodaville..

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“Nothing in nature has only one function; it is furiously efficient in this way”

 Toby Hemeny

As many of you know we have spent a couple of years regenerating the soil at Boodaville, and due to lack of water we have not previously started to produce our own food… but this year things are about to change….

We now have a 10 000 litre rainwater tank, and some kitchen gardens where we have mulched and planted green manure for two years. In April Gerald Jaquemet is coming to spend a week with us implementing plans we have for highly water efficient gardens where we will actually produce food to eat for the first time.

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These are the kitchen gardens, the photo was taken Spring 2017 and you can see the cover crops.

We are busy calculating, based on the water available, what area will become a vegetable garden. We are researching the best techniques for absolutely making the most of the water available.. including use of mulch, compost, drip systems, shape, rainwater catchment and many other things!! Above all we are finding the right kind of plants for the climate – please don’t expect to be eating watermelons!! As that name implies, it is the kind of plant that needs loads of water to grow.

Gerald, Tristan and Sara taking a break down at the river during our workweek in July 2017

Here is some more information about Gerald our Permaculture Designer for this next project, and you can join us to learn and work with him at out Living Permaculture Course 7 – 14th April!! We still have places available!!


Gerald “JIDE” Jacquemet

“Learning submerged in nature is something that Gerald experienced from a young age.

After attending his first PDC and practicing Permaculture Montsant in 2009, and since then, he lives with his family in the coastal mountain range of Tarragona, in a natural environment applying the principles of permaculture in the various projects developed on the farm, an invaluable learning throughout 8 years of rural life.

Passionate about creative processes applied to sustainable life since 2004 when he started working in bioconstruction in California, Gerald is convinced of the importance of the role of permaculture in the awakening of consciousness, with which we will be able to adapt urgently to the challenges of global crisis.

He tries to teach permaculture with heart-mind-hands, also offers workshops, advice on various practical aspects of sustainable living and design of human habitats, always with the aim of reducing our ecological footprint while increasing the “index” of happiness.”

Cultivaci√≥n de comida en Boodaville…..

Como muchos de ustedes saben, hemos dedicado un par de a√Īos a la regeneraci√≥n de la tierra en Boodaville, y debido a la falta de agua, hasta ahora no hemos comenzado a producir nuestros alimentos … ¬°pero este a√Īo las cosas est√°n por cambiar!

Ahora tenemos un tanque de agua de lluvia de 10 000 litros y algunas huertas donde hemos abonado y plantado abono verde durante dos a√Īos. En abril, Gerald Jaquemet viene a pasar una semana con nosotros implementando planes que tenemos para jardines altamente eficientes en el uso de agua donde realmente produciremos alimentos para comer por primera vez.

Estamos ocupados calculando, en funci√≥n del agua disponible, qu√© √°rea se convertir√° en un huerto. Estamos investigando las mejores t√©cnicas para aprovechar al m√°ximo el agua disponible … ¬°incluyendo el uso de mantillo, compost, sistemas de goteo, forma, captaci√≥n de agua de lluvia y muchas otras cosas! Sobre todo, estamos buscando el tipo correcto de plantas para el clima, ¬°por favor no esperes comer sand√≠as! Como su nombre lo indica, es el tipo de planta que necesita mucha agua para crecer.

Aqu√≠ hay m√°s informaci√≥n sobre Gerald, nuestro Dise√Īador de Permacultura para este pr√≥ximo proyecto, ¬°y puedes unirte a nosotros para aprender y trabajar con √©l en el Curso de Permacultura Viva del 7 al 14 de abril! ¬°Todav√≠a tenemos sitios disponibles!


Gerald “JIDE” Jacquemet

Aprendiendo sumergido en la naturaleza es algo que Gerald experimentó desde muy joven, por tanto desarrolle este fuerte conexión con ella.

Despu√©s de atender su primero PDC y practica en Permacultura Montsant en 2009, y desde entonces, vive con su familia en la sierra litoral de Tarragona, en un entorno natural aplicando los principios de permacultura en los varios proyectos desarrollados en la finca, un aprendizaje inestimable a lo largo 8 a√Īos de vida rural.

Apasionado por procesos creativos aplicados a la vida sostenible desde 2004 cuando empezó a trabajar en bioconstrucción en California, Gerald esta convencido de la importancia del papel de la permacultura en el despertar de la consciencia, con cual estaremos capaces de adaptarnos urgentemente a los retos de las crisis global.

Intenta ense√Īar la permacultura con corazon-mente-manos, ofrece tambien talleres, asesoramiento en varios aspectos practicos de la vida sostenible y dise√Īo de h√°bitats humanos, siempre con el objetivo de reducir nuestra huella ecol√≥gica mientras aumentar el ‚Äú√≠ndice‚ÄĚ de felicidad.


za√Įs at Boodaville…

(en castellano debajo de las fotos!)

During a really amazing week in 2017 we learnt about permaculture, and created the za√Į / compost system at Boodaville as an effective low-labour way to deal with food waste. Marc Haetjens was an excellent teacher and gave everyone the chance to use tools, work on the projects, and ask questions about anything and everything permaculture related.

Marc will be back in June 2018 for our two-week living permaculture course  and we will build a new roof on the old house!! We also have a course on drought resistant food production and regenerative agriculture from April 7 Р14th!


The idea came from¬†Yacouba Sawadogo¬†via Alessandro Ardovini and was implemented by Marc Haetjens. We made 30cm circular holes in the ground, filled them with kitchen waste that would normally go on the compost heap, and let the combination of moist food, trapped rainwater, provide a nutritious place for plants to grow. We seeded green manure in each za√Į and gave each one a heavy mulch of straw. The holes are about 20cm deep which means that there is enough decompacted healthy soil being made in this area to plant a squash garden. We are choosing to plant from the squash family as the area is in zone 2 and we want something low maintenance. When we left site in October 2017 we had filled about 30 za√Įs and we will see what is growing there when we go back next week!!!

Here is a video about how to use a za√Į!! essential knowledge for anyone who comes to volunteer with us!!

¬°¬°We are now booking for our next course ‚Äst 7 ‚Äď 14 April 2018! Read info here!!


¬°Durante una semana realmente incre√≠ble en 2017, aprendimos sobre permacultura, y hemos creado za√Įs! Muchas gracias a Marc Haetjens, que fue un excelente maestro y le dio a todos la oportunidad de usar herramientas, trabajar en los proyectos y hacer preguntas sobre cualquier cosa relacionada con la permacultura.

Marc volverá en junio de 2018 para nuestro curso de permacultura de dos semanas y construiremos un nuevo techo en la vieja casa.


La idea provino de Yacouba Sawadogo a trav√©s de Alessandro Ardovini y fue implementada por Marc Haetjens. Hicimos agujeros circulares de 30 cm en el suelo, los llenamos con desechos de cocina que normalmente ir√≠an al mont√≥n de compost, y as√≠ la combinaci√≥n de alimentos h√ļmedos, agua de lluvia atrapada, brinde un lugar nutritivo para que las plantas crezcan. Sembramos abono verde en cada za√Į y les dimos a cada uno un acolchado de paja. Los hoyos tienen unos 20cm de profundidad, lo que significa que hay suficiente suelo sano descompuesto en esta √°rea para plantar un jard√≠n de calabazas. Elegimos la familia de la calabaza porque el √°rea est√° en la zona 2 y queremos algo de mantenimiento bajo. Cuando dejamos el sitio en octubre, hab√≠amos llenado unos 30 za√Įs y veremos qu√© crece all√≠ cuando volvamos la pr√≥xima semana.

Here Aqu√≠ hay un v√≠deo que explica como usar un za√Į!! conocimientos muy importantes para cualquier persona que viene a hacer voluntariado con nosotros!¬†


¡¡ Reserva tu plaza para nuestro curso de 7 a 14 de abril!! info aquí!!

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Volunteer places available…

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We are opening for the season in just 2 weeks! And have places for volunteers who can stay minimum one month.

We are looking for some people to start on the 17th March! (The first few days will be unpacking after winter and setting up the spaces so they are ready to live in again!) and we will be having an opening season calçotada on the 24th!!
The usual situation is 3 Рmax 6 people living on site, working together to keep the Boodaville project running in 2018, and also doing some work on the land and buildings to move forward with the permaculture design.  You can see all the projects for this year in Part D of the Annual Report. As you can see, we run many events so volunteer work includes preparing for them, and helping make the events successful. During the events there are groups of up to 20 people on site!!

¡Abrimos la temporada en solo 2 semanas! Y hay oportunidades para voluntarios que pueden permanecer mínimo un mes.

¬°Estamos buscando a algunas personas para comenzar el 17 de marzo! (¬°Los primeros d√≠as estar√°n desempacando despu√©s del invierno y configurando los espacios para que est√©n listos para vivir nuevamente!) Y vamos a montar una cal√ßotada el d√≠a 24 ūüôā

La situaci√≥n habitual es 3 – 6 personas viviendo en el sitio, trabajando juntas para mantener el proyecto Boodaville en funcionamiento en 2018, y tambi√©n haciendo alg√ļn trabajo en la tierra y los edificios para avanzar con el dise√Īo de la permacultura. Se puede ver todos los proyectos para este a√Īo en la Parte D del Informe anual. Como pod√©is ver, llevamos a cabo muchos eventos, por lo que el trabajo voluntario incluye la preparaci√≥n para cursos y apoyo para que los eventos tengan √©xito. Durante los eventos, hay grupos de hasta 20 personas en el lugar.

Tippee toilet!

(en castellano debajo de las fotos!)

During a really amazing week in 2017 we learnt about permaculture, built this new toilet and prepared the hole to be able to use the humanure effectively!! Thanks so much to everyone who came and enjoyed so much learning and doing with us. Especially to Marc Haetjens who was an excellent teacher and gave everyone the chance to use tools, work on the projects, and ask questions about anything and everything permaculture related.

Marc will be back in June 2018 for our two-week living permaculture course  and we will build a new roof on the old house!!

TIPPEE TOILET : The toilet has been built and placed over a 1m cubed hole and pee, poo and toilet paper will go directly into the ground – and stay there! There will be no more moving humanure from one place to another (sadly for Rob Durand and Franny Jones who have been the true stars in that area in the last few years!).

We predict the hole will take about 7-8 months to fill up, at which point we will have a new hole ready and will move the toilet. The toilet will move around terrace 3 for the next 18 months.. and then?

The plastic chimney will take smells up and away (as long as we leave the seat closed!) and we can poo here.. and in theory pee as well.


Here is the photo from the original design meeting in May: I am the toilet, Rob is a bush.. beginning with W (I’ll have to find out which bush we’re supposed to plant before the toilet hole fills up!) and Edu represents a very happy, well fed fruit tree living near, but not too near, the humanure.

We WILL have signs to ask people not to use this toilet if they may still have in their system antibiotics or other substances that are unhealthy for the soil. (Don’t worry – we’ll provide you with a very clear sign at the festival in May! ;))

¬°¬°We are now booking for our next course –¬† 7 – 14 April 2018! Read info here!!

¬°Durante una semana realmente incre√≠ble en 2017, aprendimos sobre permacultura, construimos este nuevo inodoro y preparamos el hoyo para poder usar el “humanure” de forma efectiva! Muchas gracias a todos los que vinieron y disfrutaron mucho aprendiendo y haciendo con nosotros. Especialmente a Marc Haetjens, que fue un excelente maestro y le dio a todos la oportunidad de usar herramientas, trabajar en los proyectos y hacer preguntas sobre cualquier cosa relacionada con la permacultura.

Marc volver√° en junio de 2018 para nuestro curso de permacultura de dos semanas y construiremos un nuevo techo en la vieja casa.

ASEO DE TIPPEE: El inodoro se ha construido y colocado sobre un agujero de 1 m cubico, y el pis, la caca y el papel higi√©nico ir√°n directamente al suelo y se quedar√°n all√≠. No habr√° m√°s trabajo de mover caca de un lugar a otro (¬°por desgracia para Rob Durand y Franny Jones, que han sido las verdaderas estrellas en esa tarea en los √ļltimos a√Īos!).

Predecimos que el agujero tardar√° entre 7 y 8 meses en llenarse, y tendremos listo un nuevo agujero y lo trasladaremos al inodoro. El inodoro se mover√° por la terraza 3 durante los pr√≥ximos 18 meses … ¬Ņy luego?

La chimenea de pl√°stico deja salir olores por arriba (¬°mientras que dejamos el asiento cerrado!) Y podremos hacer caca aqu√≠ … y en teor√≠a hacer pip√≠ tambi√©n.

En la foto del dise√Īo original en mayo: yo soy el ba√Īo, Rob es un arbusto y Edu representa un √°rbol frutal muy feliz y bien alimentado que vive cerca, pero no muy cerca, del abono humano.

Tendremos que pedirles a las personas que no usen este inodoro si a√ļn pueden tener en su sistema antibi√≥ticos u otras sustancias que no son saludables para el suelo. (No se preocupe, le proporcionaremos un cartel muy claro en el festival de mayo¬†;))