Archive for September, 2012

September 29, 2012

FOOD FOREST… VOLUNTEER GARDEN FOR THE PANYA PROJECT…

by kaiconfusion

About how I created a new organic forest garden at Permaculture Project Panya in Thailand.

Table of contents

  • PROJECT OUTLINE
  • TIMEPAPS VIDEO
  • PROJECT PDF HAND OUT
  • PROJECT PRESENTATION
  • ABOUT FOOD FOREST
  • LINKS & RESOURCES

PROJECT OUTLINE

The Forest Garden Project had become my biggest and main project at the Panya Project Northern Thailand where I have lived and worked  between March and July 2012. I got the idea for the Forest garden coincidently while we were cutting weeds to build a new compost pile. The idea of planning, designing and planting a forest garden really fascinates me as I considered my self a bit of a forest man.
I love the idea of the food forest, as it truly can provide for all our true needs!
The project includes so many steps, so much knowledge about ecology and strategies on how to work with the land in the most effective way, too much to explain in detail. I hope with my explanations the video, the PDF,  and links you will get an idea and hopefully you will get excited about Food forestry too and try it yourself ! It can be done by anyone and anywhere!

TIMELAPS VIDEO

PROJECT PDF HAND OUT

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FOREST GARDEN PROJECT – PANYA 2012 pdf.

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PROJECT PRESENTATION AND INFORMATION

Idea – motivation

The creation of a forest garden that after a period of planning and designing, will grow into a new place for quiet observation, contemplation, inspiration and transformation of an abandoned place that was taken over by weeds for many years. Everyone at Panya is invited to continue what we’ve started as a playground and experimental field and thereby create more beauty and diversity, experiencing the forest garden as a place to implement your knowledge which you gain during your stay at Panya. Thus every helping and love giving hand is welcomed.

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Clearing the space by cutting weeds.

Food forest

A food forest or forest garden is a self sustaining, man created imitation of a natural forest system, that rather than an annual garden has a long or indefinite life span and that after an intensive designing period, doesn’t need much intervention any more. A well working system will be high in diversity and productivity.
Every forest consists of seven layers which

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September 22, 2012

Tacomepai – Permaculture Design Course PDC 2012 – Thailand

by kaiconfusion

About our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) experience at Tacomepai Organic Farm 2012 in Pai
Northern Thailand

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After our real introduction into Permaculture at the Panya Project we are now Permaculture designers…
after taking the Permaculture design Course in July 2012 at Tacomepai near Pai in Northern Thailand !!!

…If don’t really know what permaculture is – CLICK ?WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?  – for a short introduction.

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Permaculture Design Course 2012 Tacomepai Thailand Pai

The PDC class of Tacomepai 07/2012 in the forest of Northern Thailand.

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‘THOUGH THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD ARE INCREASINGLY MORE COMPLEX,
THE SOLUTIONS REMAIN EMBARRASSINGLY SIMPLE….’
Bill Mollison, co-founder of the world-wide permaculture movement

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The Permaculture Flower

Permaculture Principles

Pictures can explain better than to many words, which means I’ll write just briefly about our PDC course but I have posted a lot of pictures!!! First of all: It was such a great experience that I need to share this with you guys and I hope you will too, share with many people more.
That’s also why I can not stop encouraging everyone to look into Permaculture! It is for everyone, it is fun and meaningful and a real solution to our global, local and even personal problems!
PDC stands for Permaculture Design Course and was developed by Bill Mollison to teach principles and foundations of sustainable design.
All PDC courses offered throughout the world must follow the same format. The idea and concept behind it is, to give participants of the course no matter in which part of the world, the basic skills and understanding to design whatever it might be like your life, your house, your garden or any project in a permaculture way.
People who take the course will learn and understand the principles and philosophy of permaculture and will be given lessons in ecology, design, system thinking, food forestry, urban permaculture and many things more!
A great website providing PDC lectures for free is  permaculture-media-download.com/introduction-to-permaculture

The course that we have taken at Tacomepai

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September 18, 2012

Compost Heated Shower – In 4 minutes…

by kaiconfusion

A belated supplement to one of my projects at the Panya Projects earlier this year.
I have written and posted some pictures but here is now a small timelaps on
the compost heated shower.

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If you want to know more click HERE! to get to the article.

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September 14, 2012

What is Permaculture???

by kaiconfusion

  I have recently updated the Pages about Permaculture
within my BLOG and finally created a PAGE about

CLICK BELOW

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?What is Permaculture?

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I want to especially recommend you to check out the Introduction to Permaculture documentary by Geoff  Lawton!

  I hope you will have the time to look into it and like it!
As with all the content of the BLOG I am interested in feedback, additions, questions etc.
Also feel free to share POSTS, PAGES and any other Content of the BLOG with others
Help spreading the word

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so you can get an E-mail message when I have posted a new article.

Kai

September 9, 2012

Four Berliners off to Sumatra!

by kaiconfusion

Today we are off to Sumatra in Indonesia, which is the 6th largest island of the world, to head to a truly
magical place a super volcano and in the same time the worlds biggest volcanic lake…

Babe and Danny both friends from Home have joined us for this trip!
Babe arrived in Kuala Lumpur on the 3rd of September. She had a terrible flight!
Her plane had to returned after 3 hours flight over the Indian ocean, back to the airport with
technical problems! What a nightmare! Kathie left Melaka in the morning to surprise her at the KL airport.
They went to an island off the west coast of Malaysia called Pulau Pankor for a few days.
Danny is travelling around  Asia since March and he had visit us a few weeks ago in Tacomapai already.
He has also visited Panya for a course in Food Forestry here is a video from his BLOG.

Across the channel by ferry, probably more than 20 hours of sitting in a bus a head of us…
We are all in great excitement and anticipation of this magnificent place I have visited before
on my trip in 2007 and that I had fallen deeply in love with called Danau Toba!

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An amazing band I want to show you!  #Mother Falcon# – from Austin…

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Kai

September 3, 2012

TACOMEPAI – traditional organic Thai farm

by kaiconfusion

 

Photographs of Tacomepai and links to other projects at the end of the article…

Since we have set out on this journey, our Ideas on how to live and travel have fundamentally changed.
We have grown so much more conscious about so many things. Life feels so much more real, happy, meaningful and great. Both of our lives have changed a lot through discovering these new and deep perspectives of life that we have found in experiencing permaculture at the Panya project and other places, learning and understanding meditation and spirituality, staying in nature and meeting all these energetic, like minded awakened people living for positive change!

We left the Panya Project for Tacomepai near Pai (Northern Thailand). IMG_4307
Tacomepai is not a farm in the sense of food production for profit neither are Panya or Pun Pun or any other projects that we have visited. That’s important to know to understand why we all of a sudden are so much into farms. That’s also why we call them by a different name like permaculture place or project or sustainability projects etc.
So what is Tacomepai then?
Tacomepai is a traditional organic community farm run by a local Yon family. It also is a living space for anyone who wants to learn from and stay with Sandot, the owner, how to live, build, teach, eat healthy, learn about wild foods etc. in a sustainable way with a lot of freedom, independence of much money, happiness and in balance with nature.

IMG_4084Sandots philosophy in short is back to nature, back to the forest and keeping traditions and local knowledge alive.
Living a simple life, sustainable and self sufficient with nature rather than against her! He really is a creative inspiriting happy character.
The farm is about 15 acre in size. He has rice paddies, where he grows organic sticky rice which he plants once a year with a seed ball method similar to Fukuoka.
The rest of Tacomepai, about two thirds of the land, is reforested and pretty wild. He doesn’t have annual gardens since in his opinion only what grows naturally is strong and healthy and that is what he eats.
Volunteers however mostly feed from vegetables from the market and rice from the farm.
There are many huts spread around the property all build in traditional hill tribe style. The whole farm has a very rural feel to it and life is very close to nature. Sandot is a very dedicated person trying to share his knowledge and visions and educate the local community, farmers and of course the many foreign volunteers that come visit.
Sandot has recently started a new project near Tacomepai. It’s primary goals are reforestation,
education and promotion of alternative and sustainable farming and living!!!
The big dream is to create a new eco village.
There is plenty of opportunity to help, learn and also to live there and create and realize own ideas!

http://www.wethetrees.com/projects/29-the-new-land


Please share this article with others!

Kai

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