Growing food at Boodaville..

(en castellano abajo)

“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.

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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!!

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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.”

Cultivación de comida en Boodaville…..

Como muchos de ustedes saben, hemos dedicado un par de años a la regeneración de la tierra en Boodaville, y debido a la falta de agua, hasta ahora no hemos comenzado a producir nuestros alimentos … ¡pero este año las cosas están 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 años. 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 función del agua disponible, qué área se convertirá en un huerto. Estamos investigando las mejores técnicas para aprovechar al máximo el agua disponible … ¡incluyendo el uso de mantillo, compost, sistemas de goteo, forma, captación 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 sandías! Como su nombre lo indica, es el tipo de planta que necesita mucha agua para crecer.

Aquí hay más información sobre Gerald, nuestro Diseñador de Permacultura para este próximo proyecto, ¡y puedes unirte a nosotros para aprender y trabajar con él en el Curso de Permacultura Viva del 7 al 14 de abril! ¡Todavía tenemos sitios disponibles!

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Gerald “JIDE” Jacquemet

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

Después 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 años 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 enseñar la permacultura con corazon-mente-manos, ofrece tambien talleres, asesoramiento en varios aspectos practicos de la vida sostenible y diseño de hábitats humanos, siempre con el objetivo de reducir nuestra huella ecológica mientras aumentar el “índice” de felicidad.

 

zaïs at Boodaville…

(en castellano debajo de las fotos!)

During a really amazing week in 2017 we learnt about permaculture, and created the zaï / 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 – 14th!

Zaïs

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 zaï 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 zaïs and we will see what is growing there when we go back next week!!!

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

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

 

¡Durante una semana realmente increíble en 2017, aprendimos sobre permacultura, y hemos creado zaïs! 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.

Zaïs

La idea provino de Yacouba Sawadogo a través 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 irían al montón de compost, y así la combinación de alimentos húmedos, agua de lluvia atrapada, brinde un lugar nutritivo para que las plantas crezcan. Sembramos abono verde en cada zaï 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 área para plantar un jardín de calabazas. Elegimos la familia de la calabaza porque el área está en la zona 2 y queremos algo de mantenimiento bajo. Cuando dejamos el sitio en octubre, habíamos llenado unos 30 zaïs y veremos qué crece allí cuando volvamos la próxima semana.

Here Aquí hay un vídeo que explica como usar un zaï!! 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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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.

TIPPEE TOILET DESIGN

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 increíble 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 volverá 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 higiénico irán directamente al suelo y se quedarán allí. No habrá más 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 últimos años!).

Predecimos que el agujero tardará entre 7 y 8 meses en llenarse, y tendremos listo un nuevo agujero y lo trasladaremos al inodoro. El inodoro se moverá por la terraza 3 durante los próximos 18 meses … ¿y luego?

La chimenea de plástico deja salir olores por arriba (¡mientras que dejamos el asiento cerrado!) Y podremos hacer caca aquí … y en teoría hacer pipí también.

En la foto del diseño original en mayo: yo soy el baño, Rob es un arbusto y Edu representa un árbol 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 aún pueden tener en su sistema antibióticos u otras sustancias que no son saludables para el suelo. (No se preocupe, le proporcionaremos un cartel muy claro en el festival de mayo ;))

Olive harvest Part 1, and planting

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Team Mulberry! We didn’t collect the olives, they won’t be ready for another 2 weeks.. so we’ll be coming back again. We planted 2 small trees, lots of seeds, broccoli and put down mulch, mulch and more mulch!! A great weekend 🙂 Thanks to Javi, Fer and Maja.

The tree is so small it doesn’t even stick up above the mulch in the photo! A little mulberry, given to us by Gerald in Albinyana! Thank you
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A geeky post about designing…

#treepropagation #growing #seedlings #design #permaculture #smallandslowsolutions #boodaville #riberola

At the Riberola Festival on 7th October Boodaville ran an Intro to Permaculture workshop and we did a practical planting seeds of 3 different types of trees, which have properties such as – drought resistant, fast growing, providing food for animals, (Jujube is edible for humans too), fixing nitrogen, resistant to high and low temperatures, don’t have loads of pests. The trees are Honey Locust, Jujube and Italian Buckthorn.

We left the seeds in vinegar for a few hours (ideally it would be overnight) and we scratched the surface of the seeds.. this imitates the natural process of the seeds being chewed by animals then in their acidic stomachs for a while.

Here is the picture of the seeds on the 10th November.

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Honestly I have no idea whether anything growing there is the beginning of a tree. I mean I can see what is grass, but the other little things sprouting… I’m not sure!! What I did notice before I pulled out most of the grass is that the one pot with a bit of straw mulch, upper right of the photo you see? That pot had 5 times as much grass as the others. (yes.. i should have taken that picture!!)

¡¡¡THE GAME!!!!  : SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! between the three pictures 🙂

 

Winter Seedlings Photo 1
Winter Seedlings Photo 1
Winter Seedlings Photo 2
Winter Seedlings Photo 2
Winter Seedlings Photo 3
Winter Seedlings Photo 3

And here’s an explanation of what’s going on in these pictures. The level of detail to which we plan every step of the design is incredible to me. There’s so much to think about… I mean it took me weeks to find out which trees would be good to plant and to then collect the seeds. Luckily other permaculturists around have given me some seeds and helped out with that bit – Gerald gave me Honey Locust pods to take out the seeds, Alessandro told me about the Italian Buckthorn on the outskirts of Barcelona, and Richard gave me a bag of Jujube fruit he had collected from a tree about 10km from Boodaville.

The next step is leaving the seeds to grow over winter. They need water, they mustn’t freeze, and some sunshine would be good. Here are some of the things I thought about when I set them up like this

  1. Near the thermal mass wall of the house to prevent freezing
  2. Straw insulation
  3. Leave the crate a little bit away from the wall so none of the trees stay dry under the overhanging roof
  4. Leave the crate directly on the ground so there is drainage and they won’t get flooded in a storm
  5. No straw between the wall and the crate as the wall is the warm bit
  6. Relatively wind protected location
  7. Location that gets sun from 1pm until half an hour before sunset
  8. Overhanging tree will also help prevent frost
  9. Stones to help keep straw in place
  10. The changes I made between photos 1 and 3 in your spot the difference game were the last things I adjusted.

GOOD LUCK TREE SEEDLINGS!!!!!

Thank you so much to Gerald in Albinyana for teaching me all of this!! and any comments, suggestions to people who’ve managed to read this far are very very welcome!!

A little story about this year..

One Sunday in September I went up towards the eco-community at Can Masdeu on a mission. It was before the open days had started for this season, and even after my best attempts at persuasion, Kira and Bernat weren’t that keen to come with me, so they got off the metro early and went to the Labyrinth park. I carried on, went quickly and sweatily up the track to Can Masdeu to collect cuttings and seeds from the Italian Buckthorn trees up there in the food forest. I didn’t see anyone, did the job, then went to find the family in the park. I can’t say it was a bad day.
At home the next day I put some lentils on wet kitchen paper in a tupperware and left them to germinate.
A few days later I arrived at Boodaville with happy tree cuttings in water, sprouting lentils, and a link to the youtube video that shows you exactly how to mix them together so those lentil sprouting enzymes can help the cuttings grow into new trees.
Sadly the volunteers on site weren’t so happy. There had been arguments, expressed and unexpressed differences of opinion, and everyone seemed tired. I couldn’t offer them more than material they needed to work, youtube videos, a list of how to run the site, and to be on the end of the phone. That was just a few days before all the volunteers left, leaving site empty for the last two weeks of the season. Those cuttings are now dead in their pot and the story of this year is that although many amazing jobs did get done, there is so much left on the list…
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BUT
Even with care and lentil enzymes would those cuttings have survived anyway? Who knows! And that is the pattern of a project like this, up and down, but with passion and soul behind it to keep trying, keep learning and know that permaculture is the right path.
Today I’m going back to Boodaville, with family, Maja and other friends, and we will stay in a warm and welcoming house rented from a local in Calaceite. We will harvest the olives, keep going with the unfinished planting jobs, enjoy the richness and complexity of nature and of this ongoing, incredible, soul-filling, rollercoaster of a project.
I’m not sure of the exact date, but it is almost a year to the day that I saw OJ for the last time. I miss him.
I am filled with gratitude to all the people who have stepped in when things got tough this year, especially in recent months Kate, Rob, Kerry, Bernat, Maja and Oriol. And we are looking for people who have passion and love Boodaville to join us for more adventures next year and into the future!

Regenerative Agriculture at Boodaville

Agricultura regenerativa at Boodaville!

#boodaville #agriculturaregenerativa #ecosystemrestoration #permacultureeducation

Permablitz and party..

dome-party

Our last event of the year was a permablitz implementing Natural Farming methods with Kate Curtis and an awesome party in the dome afterwards. Our best event yet! Helen wrote a blog post about it here .

El último evento del año fue un “permablitz” trabajando en técnicas de agricultura natural y regenerativa y una fiesta genial en el domo. El mejor evento hasta ahora!!! Hay una entrada en el blog Living in the Future (en inglés) escrito por Helen Iles

Practical course with Oriol Ferrando

Days 1, 2 and 3! See detail of the permaculture work in the gallery! Hay detalle del trabajo en la galería!

MAS INFO DE LOS CURSOS QUE HACEMOS AQUÍ / MORE INFO ON OUR COURSES HERE