The conversion of 4 acres of chemical monoculture into a thriving Permaculture food forest, complete with earthworks, as a prototype Permaculture farm in northern Thailand to promote sustainable practices.
Initially 4 acres of chemical, monoculture, PermaPai has been regenerating the property using Permaculture techniques. 2 acres of food forest have been planted. There are now 3 swales, 4 hand-made dams, a well, water tanks, a ram pump, and natural buildings on the property. We are now open to volunteers via HelpX, WWOOF and the Worldwide Permaculture Network (email us if interested!).
2008 - Monoculture cash crops of garlic, rice and GMO soy bean. The land was compacted, alkaline clay with no topsoil.
2012 - A Polyculture Food Forest Reforestation Site
Photo above: Amla, Papaya, Cotton, Cha-Om, Banana, Lucaena leucecephala, Parkia speciosa (legume tree with edible seeds) and galangal. There are more species planted in this space which are not visible in the photo due to excessive weeds, such as pomegranate, turmeric, ginger, finger ginger, sweet potato, mango, laab laab bean and peanut.
2012 - After just 2 years of implementing Permaculture techniques, our degraded land is being transformed into a productive forest with healthy soil. Mulch has really done the trick!
We welcome volunteers from all around the world to help make our vision a reality. Please contact [email protected] if interested!
Vision for the Future
Our next steps include setting up a foundation to create a solid legal framework to work within, building up closer ties with the local community and hosting workshops and courses to build up our infrastructure.
Ultimately, we are working towards becoming a Permaculture teaching and learning centre for both the international and local community. The idea behind PermaPai Project is to set up a prototype Permaculture demonstration site to present an alternative model to current ecologically damaging agricultural systems, such as slash and burn, and chemical monoculture cash crop production. Our immediate goals include a community food forest, garden and seed bank.
We are looking forward to any input, ideas and collaboration via the WPN. We are looking for architects, builders, carpenters, engineers, gardeners, Permaculturalists and anyone with experience, expertise or enthusiasm to share. Please contact us and get involved! We are looking forward to hearing from you! :)
For more information, visit our blog: www.permapai.wordpress.com
Or our website: www.permapai.com
Thanks once more for any input, advice or recommendations shared! It is greatly appreciated for the success of our young project!
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