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Gralha Azul Farm
Gralha Azul Farm
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Santo Antonio do Pinhal, Sao Paulo, BR
Climate zone:
Sub tropical

Andrea Montini Brett Sanders Debbie Magee João Gonçalves Juliano Riciardi Sirma Aylanc Teresa Ferreira Ávila Dominot Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
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Gralha Azul Farm

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Commercial, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Gralha Azul Farm was started on a degraded pasture at the Mantiqueira Mountain Range, a very steep and rainy region, to show that agriculture can restore the land. It is Alex's family home, office, and habitat.

Project Description

Gralha Azul farm was started by Alex and his wife, Laura, as a way to practice sustainability concepts that they have studied for many years, to promote small scale agroecology techniques on a region that people raise cattle on a very inappropriate terrain, and raise the couple kids on a place where they can learn how to live on a living planet.

Alex and Laura have lived for 2 years on a trailer,  to start land restoration and building infra-structure. 

Now at Gralha Azul farm there is an adobe house, a green house, a farm barn and a not finished restaurant.

The farm produces food for the family and a small surplus for sale.

Some products: Rice, beans, corn, pumpkin, squash, peanuts, manioc, cassava, bananas, watermelon, carrots, lettuce, brocolli, cauliflower, potato, amaranth, garlic, onions, many more vegetables. All seeds are produced at Gralha Azul farm.


Alley Cropping

Alley cropping and gardens

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Wheat Fields

Wheat almost ready for harvest

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Food Production


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Grass in, compost out

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Green Manure

Green manure growing well

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Animal Tillage

Breaking the old system

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Renewable Energy Systems and Green roof

View of the energy system and green roof

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Before and after

7 years after the Permaculture design implementation

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A view of the paradise

There is no doubt that we can shape our world. As the Chinese use to say, the "outside"landscape is a reflection of our inner landscape.

Posted about 13 years ago (3 comments)
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