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Wendy Howard
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Benfeita, Arganil, Portugal
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Warm Temperate
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My Projects

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Quinta do Vale

Quinta do Vale

Benfeita, PT


(projects i'm following)

O FOJO Permaculture | Integral Education Center Internatinal permaculture research centre Quinta dos Melros Quinta Nemus seghersecoplant; natural waterpurification systems and growery Monte do Carrascal Mais que palha Quinta das Abelhas Milkwood Al Baydha Project Nemenhah Perma-Village Model Uniao Progressiva Chao Sobral Mountain Steep Permaculture - Permacultura em Declive de Montanha Texatelier Gaia's Food Forest Garden Wyalong Farm Demonstration and Education Centre
Blake Kirby Christopher Henrichs Christopher Paul Ripley Cina Tanzarella Clay mark Dan larke Daniel Tyrkiel Dennis Maltz Dusty Hicks Elizabeth Sweet Francisco Amaral gaurav Gurjar George Fulton Gonçalo Teixeira Grant Curry Guy Miklos Jamie Wallace Jan Braheny Janice Little Jared Stanley Joe May katarina kostic Lisa Duncan Maria Lua Martin Lindstrom Maurício Umann Miguel Ventura Miguel Ângelo Leal Ole Deschout Ollie Brown Quinta Nemus Raye Hodgson Ricardo Vieira Sara McDonald Sean Cassette Sebastien Cador Sophie Hill Tana Olive Thiago Torres Vanesa Presa Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes Velvet Ginnis Wendy Lally Wendy Lehman Willi Paul Wojciech Ryszard Górny
Andrew Ramponi Blake Kirby Chairity  Waugh Chief Phillip 'Cloudpiler' Landis Christopher Paul Ripley Dusty Hicks Elizabeth Sweet Eric Toensmeier gaurav Gurjar Geoff Lawton George Fulton Guy Miklos Helder Valente Jamie Wallace Jan Braheny Jared Stanley Joe May Kwame Frimpong Lisa Duncan Maria Lua Martin Lindstrom mary combs Matt Powers Matthew Lynch Maurício Umann Ole Deschout Paula Mendes Peter Koll Quinta Nemus Raye Hodgson Sean Cassette Sophie Hill Thiago Torres Wendy Lally Wendy Lehman Wojciech Ryszard Górny
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About Wendy Howard

I grew up on the fringes of a small market town in southern England at a time when growing all our own fruit and vegetables, keeping chickens, wasting nothing, and living in a house without central heating on which we did all our own maintenance was a perfectly 'normal' and natural way to live. Nobody thought twice about it.

I studied ecology as part of a biology degree at university in the 1970s, but didn't finish. Something essential was missing. I had no sense of what it was at the time, only that being directed into ever more narrow academic specialisation felt instinctively 'wrong' and the subject had lost its juice. How could something so lifeless successfully model life?

The sense of a mismatch between our models of the world and the reality of it kept growing as I went on to work in a number of different areas in the UK, Europe and the United States, and the discomfort it caused drove me into exploring a wide range of subjects looking for answers. That led me into training in and practicing natural medicine for a decade. When I eventually came across permaculture, there was a recognition and an immediate 'Yes!'.

Moving from Scotland with my 3 children to practice permaculture and natural building on a quinta (a smallholding or homestead) in Portugal in 2010 involved, for me, stripping much of that lifetime's learning, experience and discovery down to an ever more simple and practical conception of life. As the building and renovation work on the quinta comes closer to completion, I will be working to pass that on through the project's website and in residential courses here.


A note on updates

Most of my updates will be posted to my project page which is now up and running, so if you want to follow what I'm doing, you'll get more news following Quinta do Vale. Hope to see you there! Happy growing!

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My Permaculture Qualifications
Pri verified
2014 Online Permaculture Design Course
Type: Online Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Online
Date: Apr 2014
Other course verified
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Online
Date: Jun 2014
Other course verified
Reading the Landscape
Type: Other
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Online
Date: Jul 2014

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