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Posted by corinne chamorro over 11 years ago

we finally start the agricultural part of the project on a rented piece of land and to connect with other "eco-sensitive" people we organize practical and theorical session in our place.

 We finally start the project on a piece of land of about 1 hectare, planted with olive trees. Most of the trees are old and they suffered graetly from drought. As a matter of fact the land is regurlarly ploughed with no cover plants. However it's a good piece of land (as there is no bad land in permaculture) full of treasures: wild asparagus and blackberry bush amongst others.

It is located in cultivated area above the oued (dry river). Water is provided by the city; it is spring water but we have to pay for it.

We can't afford to spend a year observing the land through the seasons. I guess we'll make no big mistakes digging swales in the sloping part of the land. We'll grow cereals and nitrogen making plants while we start designing.

We met other permaculturers located in the north of Tunisia, that was a big time very refreshing. Because here in Tunisia we feel a bit lonely in our way of thinking. That's why we are organizing an event on the international permaculture day (5 of may). We invite people to join us for a digging swales day!


Nous nous lançons enfin sur une terre d'environ 1ha plantée d'oliviers. Ce sont pour la plupart de vieux arbres qui ont bien souffert de la sécheresse: la terre est régulièrement labourée et laissée nue.

C'est une bonne terre, ceinturée de figues de barbarie et, surprise, d'asperge sauvage et de ronce (qui font des mûres), ce qui pour nous est un véritable trésor: on adore ça et on en trouve pas normalement dans notre zone géographique. Cette parcelle se situe dans une zone cultivée juste au dessus du lit du oued.

L'eau provient de la source en amont et il faut payer et réserver le droit d'usage.

La parcelle est en L avec une longueur en pente.

Nous ne pouvons malheureusement pas nous permettre de ne rien faire sur la parcelle pour l'observer au fil des saisons. Je pense qu'on ne prendra pas trop de risque de se tromper en aménageant des baissières sur la partie en pente en amont des arbres. On va semer des céréales et des légumineuses pour avoir un apport de matière organique et d'azote et surtout pour couvrir le sol.

Ce qui nous laissera un peu de temps pour faire le design de la parcelle.

Nous avons rencontré d'autres permaculteurs installés au Nord de la Tunisie, ce fut un véritable bol d'air car ici les initiatives alternatives sont encore rares: on se sent un peu seuls. Alors on se lance et on profite de la journée internationale de la permaculture pour organiser un atelier chez nous pour réaliser nos baissières.





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