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Tashigar Norte Permacultural Project
Tashigar Norte Permacultural Project
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Finca Tashigar Norte, Pedro Gonzalez, Nueva Esparta, VE
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

Andre Nichols Carlo Makhoul Elio José Sánchez Parra Isaac Ruiz Tashigar Norte Walter Yoia Wilhelm Trujillo Probst
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Tashigar Norte Permacultural Project

Project Type

Rural, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Tashigar Norte is a project linked to the International Dzogchen Community founded by Namkhai Norbu who teaches Tibetan Buddhist courses, along with Yoga and Dance courses. We have a vision of sustainable development that incorporates agricultural projects and tourist activiites. We also offer Permaculture courses and workshops and facilitate local schools educational visits.

Project Description

Located on the tropical Caribbean Island of Margarita, in the Valley of Pedro Gonzalez, Tashigar Norte is a natural haven of varied fruit and vegetable plantations set amongst local flora on 30 hectares of land.

Originally developed in 2002 as a 15 acre plantation for organic Aloe Vera we have been consistently diversifying our activities and currently produce commercial quantities of Mango, Lime, Coconuts, Tamarind, Papaya and other crops.

In 2005 we established a large camping area located in an upper part of the farm to facilitate visitors to our Buddhist programs and Yoga and Dance courses that we regularly organize. Here we also planted extensive ornamental gardens incorporating Swale designs. A nursery for fruit and date trees and varied plants was also developed.

With the success of this we started to transform the 3 hectares area of fruit plantation from traditional methods to incorporate more Permaculture design considerations and plant diversification in 2010.

In 2012 we ran a Introduction to Permaculture Course and undertook to implement a totally new approach to our 25 house residential area. We have planted extensive communal kitchen gardens producing Pumpkin, Aubergine / Eggplants, Bananas, Spinach, Sweet Peppers, Beans and others.

We also intend to introduce greater diversification within the Aloe plantation and to develop our infrastructure according to Bioarchitectural Design principles.

This year we have plans to construct 2 Mountain retreat cabins with composting toilets, a 1000m2 Therapeutic Wellbeing & Yoga Centre, a new 50 M2 classroom, a new raised nursery as well as developing walking trails, rainwater collection systems and further re-cycling facilities. We aim to develop a work-exchange program where we will provide food and accommodation in exchange for assisting us in the remodeling of old infrastructure and new construction using ecologically sensitive building techniques.

We are open to ideas, suggestions, questions and proposals – please feel free to contact us by email, visit our website at www.tashipark.org and www.tashigarnorte.org  or Skype us at tashigar.norte



Here we share with you images from our progress with the first composting toilet in Tashigar Norte. If someone is not smiling. Report them!

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Here we show some of the works we have done and we keep doing. 1. Dry toilet, finished. 2. Swales system to collect water from village. Waiting for rains season to plant new trees. 3. Channel system to use WWTP water, done. In progress the coconut plan

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Other projects

A view to all our Permaculture ideas

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Swales system design for the northern sector of the farm

The objective of this project is to use the system of rainwater harvesting in the village of North Tashigar

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Using the treated water for our WWTP

Tashigar Norte village, consisting of about 20 houses, sends its wastewater to one WWTP located in north-eastern sector of the farm. This sub-project aims to provide a use for treated water.

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Our composting tolilet system is going on!

Dry toilet in progress! A brief review of our permaculture development desing.

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Here we show our first area which we designed using permacultural principles

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