concepts of permaculture
The concepts of permaculture form the basis for fws's achievements in sustainability. Permaculture is a holistic design tool that uses natural principles to allow humans to live more harmoniously with their environment.
It uses what we see in nature to model a productive system. It observes how everything from soil to water, insects to plants, animals and trees interact in the natural environment. It looks at the environment as a whole, not as many individual systems.
Permaculture concepts not only have relevance in western society, but also throughout developing countries. The ability to work with nature can eliminate the need for expensive and unsustainable chemicals.
The ability to mimic nature can allow a subsistence farmer to become as productive as the natural systems that once surrounded us. By operating harmoniously with the environment around us, we can all become more sustainable and productive.
permaculture in practice
At Kesho Leo, our priority is to produce all the water, food, energy and building materials to provide for a large number of people. We believe that the ideals of permaculture can meet these needs in an environmentally harmonious and sustainable fashion.
We look at the project as a whole, not as many individual systems. Everything interacts with something else – all with the aim of creating stability, sustainability and productivity.
fws’s permaculture practices at Kesho Leo are also appropriate for use by our subsistence farming neighbours. Our systems are aimed at being productive and long-term - very important factors for anyone farming in a developing country.
some of Kesho Leo’s best examples of permaculture
- The Kesho Leo building was designed to maximise rainwater harvest and then store it in below-ground tanks. A combination of wind and solar energy is used to pump the water for use in the kitchen and washing areas. ‘Waste’ water is then used for irrigation and the production of food.
- The majority of food produced on our farms ultimately ends up in our compost toilets. From here, it is used to produce more food from our fruit trees or indirectly through the production of fodder for our livestock.
- Our ‘show farm' has an intensively productive system where soil, water and nutrients are all managed in a cyclic fashion.
Want to learn more about permaculture?
Why not attend one of our PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) courses in Tanzania?