What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture is a philosophy of working together with, rather than working against nature, of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor, and looking at plants and animals in all their functions rather than treating any area as a single product system” – Bill Mollison, founding father of permaculture.
Growing your own
We sourced many local flower plants and trees and planted them accordingly. We sourced papaya, banana, lapsi, bakeno and whatever else we could lay our hands on. Some of the seeds that we couldn’t get from local plants and some trees were bought at the market. The plan for the future is to become completely self-sustainable, using only our home grown produce. Being in the hilly region with an altitude of 700 meters, this part of Nepal has the ideal condition to grow anything.
Even though we only have a small plot, by following the permaculture design and philosophy we have been able to produce enough healthy vegetables and crops (rice) to keep ourselves and (depending on the size of the group) our visitors well fed. Other resources are produced locally, like milk, cheese and fruits. We keep several chickens and fish here as well. We use compost and manure from animals and we do not use harmful pesticides. That’s why our produce is packed with vitamins, minerals, organic matter and taste fantastic. We aim to provide solid alternative living and fresh organic produce for our guests. By selling the surplus in local veggie market we get some extra income.
Basically, we grow food everywhere. We even use our boundary fence as trellis for our green beans and other vegetables. In terms of fruits, we have bananas, mangoes and peaches and we are planting even more fruit trees. Growing food at the source helps combat climate change and our dependency on valuable fossil fuels. By growing locally, not only do we get the freshest produce, it also reduces the need to transport food in fuel thirsty vehicles. It also helps to boost the local economy. Farmers benefit directly from this sort of approach.
We have great plans to expand the resort. We want to build a big structure with plastic and glass bottles that we have gathered throughout the years. We also want to build more cabins and even a deck watching out over the beautiful Marshyangdi River. Keep following us on Facebook to see our progress.