is a permaculture station that has possibilities of becoming an eco-village. This name was chosen to honor flocks of birds known as rabo de pala, or straw tails. This idea is because straw is fundamental in permaculture. It can be used in bio-construction, mulch, compost, mattresses, evapo-transpiration pits, animal feeding, etc.
Days in ecoPalha are guided by natural cycles. The day begins at sunrise and usually ends at sunset. ecoPalha still doesn’t have a daily routine set, it is beginning to shape with time and hard work. Residents usually work 6-10 hours a day depending on the season, and volunteers help with 4 hours of work (sometimes more, sometimes less). The rest of the day is free for other activities. Morning is typically when the day’s activities are defined and performed, so waking up at early is important. The nutrition at ecoPalha is also guided by natural cycles, always trying to eat what the season gives. We follow principles of natural food products, which include everything from natural ingredients for all meals to main kitchen utensils such as cups, plates, pots and kettles (so that if broken, waste is not generated). The food is mostly vegetarian, but flexible on special dates when all residents are in agreement, or through periods of a full 14 days of volunteering. The meat must be from local grass fed and naturally raised animals, ex: the closest naturally raised wild life from the area being reared in pastures, until ecoPalha has its own meat production. When possible, ingredients and products should be purchased from local producers. In the future most products will be planted and produced here at ecoPalha; this is one of the beautiful reasons why it’s so important to care for the soil.
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