Posts tagged ‘living of the land’

January 6, 2017

Sitio – living on a Farm in South America

by kaiconfusion

Living of the land and transforming an old family farm in rural Brazil into a Permaculture landscape.




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March 16, 2016


by kaiconfusion

Birnhornweg Areal View


In time for beginning of spring from April 2016, after having spend much of the winter designing my brother’s urban property in Berlin, I will start to build what I have designed on paper and engage into my second larger transformative experiment with permaculture. (THE FIRST EXPERIMENT)

Permaculture Design

The Design Process

Permaculture is a design science that aims to redesign our way of life through our understanding of the ecosystems.

The world is changing fast and those changes are not always to our benefit. The excessive wealth and conveniences of a few are seriously damaging the lives of many today and risking to destroy the future for all.

There are many dark scenarios for the future and the reality gives us a good idea of how Bad that can look like. The sooner we accept that, we can become the architects and designers of this change and create the world we Do want.

It is time to wake up to the fact that we are the ones who have to do it. There is NO looking or hiding away from it! The crisis has long arrived at our door steps. It is more important than ever to look forward and take our fortunes back in our own hands! Why don’t we turn our fears into our greatest strength? Permaculture is here to help us design this world that we want – Now!

This is not about landscape gardening, this is political!

Entrance view


This project is only a small contribution and directed at my own family primarily. But there is plenty of space for FAIR SHARE !

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December 30, 2015

My year 2015

by kaiconfusion

The year 2015 has gone to fast like every year. It was a fruitful year with rich harvests I am deeply grateful for all the gifts of life!IMG_20151024_133131-002

In New Zealand and Australia I was able to experience its magical natural treasures, visit and live in amazing communities and learn more about permaculture.

At the Riverside Community I could design and implement a Permaculture demonstration Site which was a big step for me, not only to live but also to work with Permaculture. (I will soon post more about this project!)
While at Riverside I met Ligia from Brazil. We are traveling, living and working together since we met in March!GARDENS 2

Of course then there was the meeting with David Holmgren in Australia the co-founder of the Permaculture concept.

IMG_4541In July this year I returned home to Berlin to see friends and family it surpassed all my hopes, I had the best return I could have wished for. My Brothers family owning a house and garden at the outskirts of Berlin. They have grown interest in living more ecological so I have started working at their home helping to make some changes. IMG_4822The idea quickly formed to do a proper Permaculture design for the entire home for witch I will spend much of the winter planing and designing. For some of this periode Ligia and I found an old farm house in France near La Rochelle for house-sitting for two month.

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December 20, 2013


by kaiconfusion

This story is about contemporary working and living realities on Australian farms. About working and travelling in Australia, farm work, fair wages, working conditions and conventional farming vs. sustainable farming methods…
A story and photo collage about farm work on a farm in Donnybrook in Western Australia with insides on working conditions and foreign workers exploitation not on a permaculture or organic farm but on a conventional farm.
Farming methods with sprays and disregard for people and nature that causes land erosion, pollution, destruction and workers exploitation and discrimination. All that is part of the reality of how food comes to our tables from ploughing to sowing over weeding, picking, washing and selling. All done without honourable ethics like the ones of permaculture but with nothing but greed for money. Our farm does not represent the all agriculture but after having talked to many workers in this sectors, stories like ours and much worse seem to be very common…

Kathie and I have compromised with many perhaps to many things while working for this farmer family. Our goals and our own virtues in mind we just kept going no matter what as long as we could. We came to Australia with the idea
already set in out mind to, as quickly as possible find and buy a car – leave the city –
get a job that would provide us with enough work for full-time employment for 3 to 4 month to save up heaps.
This plan worked out but not as smoothly as we had hoped …
farm work australia work and travel jobs
Right from the start we learned that conditions on the farm will be tough. No one really minded to work hard but the way workers were treated by this family were absolutely subhuman.

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November 6, 2012

What is Bushcraft?

by kaiconfusion

I have recently updated the Pages about BUSHCRAFT & SURVIVAL within my BLOG
Finally I have created a PAGE about




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

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September 29, 2012


by kaiconfusion

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

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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!







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.

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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June 22, 2012


by kaiconfusion

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Geoff Lawton – “All the World’s Problems Can Be Solved in a Garden”

The word permaculture is derived from the words permanent agriculture and permanent culture. “ It is a way of arranging your life to be happy and abundant.” You can meet your own needs without making anyone else’s life less pleasant. Human habitats can be made highly productive with much less work than is taken to make them destructive under present systems. By making decisions in designing our lives we can manage our resources well […].” Graham Bell

Permaculture gardening is about using sustainable and efficient methods that are in balance with nature by observing nature and working with it, rather than against it. In permaculture gardening, mulching, composting, seed saving choosing perennial plants over annual plants, giving thought into the design process on where to plant what when and together with what(companion planting),
are essentials ingredients for a healthy and successful functioning system.
It is about working with nature rather than against it. Acknowledging it’s friendship discarding the idea of its enmity.

At Panya however, there are three main garden systems. The contour garden, the biodynamic garden and the forest garden. There are of course several small gardens around the property each house has its own small garden and there are fruit trees and shrubs and other plants wildly planted everywhere at Panya. Most spaces are somehow used for food production not all of them are managed equally time intensive. It has become a beautiful densely vegetated living space!

Kitchen garden IMG_3305
The kitchen garden is build on contour right in front of Sala and kitchen keeping the distance conveniently small for maintenance watering and daily harvesting.
Here Panya grows most of  its annual and seasonal vegetables. Some of the veggies and herbs you can find here are tomato, egg plant,  chillies, potato, corn, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, lettuce, beans and herbs like basils and hibiscus to name a few.
Most of the garden beds are build from split bamboo as walls which are then filled with layers of compost. Plants are planted out in crop rotation and watered with a water efficient drip irrigation system.

Biodynamic garden IMG_3380
Biodynamic agriculture (originated by Rudolf Steiner,) is a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system.” Wikipedia (06/15/2012)
The main difference to other spaces at Panya is that in the biodynamic garden Panya uses an astronomical sowing and planting calendar. Since bio dynamic looks at things in a very holistic way it takes more factors in to account that have an influence on the ecosystem than conventional agriculture does. The sowing calendar looks at moon phases and its effects on soil and plants and the relationship of macro and microcosm.

Forest garden/ food forest
“Forest gardening can be viewed as a way to recreate the Garden of Eden”. Wikipedia

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December 10, 2011

The Bush Tucker Man

by kaiconfusion

For everyone who is interested into Australia and going in the bush.
Les Hiddins is going on tours to far remote places all over Australia’s outback.
He shows some survival skills, traditional skills of aboriginal communities and especially he presents all you need to know about bush tucker – the wild edibles of Australia and how to live and survive of the land.
Every episode is worth watching!

The first episode

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