Wild Food in the Monsoon Season
It’s the time of year when the skies cloud over and inundate us with rain over the span of a few months. The rain pours down from the sky and once the ground is completely saturated, floods sweep across the flatlands. This water is captured on slightly sloped terraced for growing the most successful mono-cropped species of plant throughout the history of agriculture, rice. Although we also grow rice, nature provides an abundance of other wild foods to compliment our diet and flavour our lives. Our two favourite plants to gather from the forest on our land is of course wild mushrooms and a lesser known neighbour, the fiddlehead fern. Of course both are extremely tasty when cooked up in a curry and a great example of the natural caring capacity of our land.
The Future of Landscape Design
Some goodbyes are harder than others. We wish the best to Mateo and Lulu and feel good knowing that the future of landscape design is the the hands of people that also understand the principles and ethics of permaculture. These two interned at Almost Heaven Farms for two months and quickly became part of the family. Partaking in everyday life on the farm taught them about how people interact with and are part of the landscape. As well as fine tuning their observation, drawing and mapping skills, they also learned the day-to-day skills needed to run a farm. They easily learned how to cut grass for the animals, dig raised beds, turn compost and plant out vegetable seeds. Upon leaving they presented us with three sets of maps that they made of our land and a plant database of everything growing here, cultivated and wild. Hope we get to see you again and look forward to hearing more about your work in the future.
The Biofertilizer Tunnel
As one of our permaculture teachers, Chris Evans says, the key to success is taking what you learn and implementing it right away. For us it was a no-brainer. As soon as we learned about biofertilizers and their benefits for regenerative agriculture, we got on it. This is a mini biofertilizer factory producing 13 different brews, ferments, minerals and even biochar for use at Almost Heaven Farms and the surrounding community.
Biofertilizer Training Complete
A mind-blowing, game-changing training hosted at Almost Heaven Farms and facilitated by Juanfran Lopez teaching the latest in microbiology and plant and soil health. For too long agriculture has been in the hands of the chemical industry and now we are bringing biological science back to the farmers. Empowering those who work the land with the theory, skills and resources need to improve production and build soil using local resources. Four trainings across Nepal including at our partners Himalayan Permaculture Centre and Sunrise Farms.