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PermaPai Project
PermaPai Project
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Post Restante, Pai, Mae Hong Son, TH
(+66) 0829340357
www.permapai.com www.permapai.wordpress.com
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PermaPai Project

Project Type

Rural, Intentional Communities, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

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.

Project Description

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!).

Before Permaculture

2008 - Monoculture cash crops of garlic, rice and GMO soy bean. The land was compacted, alkaline clay with no topsoil.

After Permaculture


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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A beautiful 3.2 acre property surrounded by hills, bordering a mountain stream is now for rent beginning in September 2013! A perfect opportunity for those wishing to gain permaculture practice before starting their own property and escape the fast-paced

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New Shelter for Volunteers

A new covered campsite for volunteers that maximizes our rainwater catchment in our tanks.

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Food Forest Update 2012

After just one year, the food forest is really taking off!

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