Finca Biensevive has recently submitted a collaboration with the prestigious Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. The following is the Questionnaire and its answers:
Questionnaire for PRI project development.
This document is a response to inquiries regarding PRI involvement in the establishment or development of permaculture projects, demonstration sites, and education centers. The answers help PRI get to know the project and decide the best course of interaction.
· What is your current knowledge and understanding of Permaculture?
· What sort of service or relationship are you looking for from PRI?
· Do you have land?
Where is it?
Give exact latitude and longitude if possible, or give its location in Google Earth.
Mediterranean. Soft winters, hot summer
-Growing season, etc.
What is it like?
-landscape profile, soil, water, access roads, structures, facilities.
What was the lands previous uses and development?
Can you send any maps of the property?
Can you send photos of the property?
Do you have a structure that can function as a teaching facility, or other structures on site?
Do you have a development fund, if so what is your budget, or proposed method of funding?
What organizational or legal structures do you control, if any, that are relevant to this project?
How many people are involved?
-What are their skills/experience level regarding permaculture?
-What other relevant skill sets does your group have?
-Accounting, business, legal, teaching, administration, education/teaching, farming, animals, forestry, computers… etc.
-How much time do they have to work on this project?
Please visit the Project Establishment Timeline for an overview and guidelines of creating a permaculture project.
Answers for PRI project development.
1.- Our knowledge of permaculture is through extensive reading and thanks to our site and the sourrounded country side. My skills though are yet quite limited. The area is very rural, although it is disappearing because young generation do not care about it
2.- We do not exactly know what sort of service we look for.
Our webpage (near full completion) www.sierramountainrefuge.com can show you our project basis.
I guess that our land is perfect to develop a full permaculture project because it is what has unconsciously been done by last land owner (old traditional country man), We have become close friends and a lot of feedback from him is available (although he is a native and very local old mind).
I guess what I can expect from you is real help to implement and/or execute things in the landscape because the eco tourism that we can do).
But to get the best from the land I need local help, and permaculture skills, I have someone that can be there (salary 1.200 euros a month this is our mayor obstacle to reach that amount to have someone to help us doing the work),… I already have my site in the wwoofing movement and people are getting in touch with us. We already had a german family a month and a half. But it is crucial to have local people as well doing the work,…
3.- Yes we have our own land. 17 acres
4.-Location N 38°-02.338´, W006-22.934´. You can take a look at www.walk-tentudia.com, maps and location for visual approach.
5.- Thanks to its forested land, strategic location (south west, close to Atlantic sea, altitude between 700 m and 1.000 m, and in spite of being mediterranean climate (summer high temperatures and lack of rain, soft winter) it benefits of an extraordinary microclimate that allows an spectacular biodiversity in a relatively small geographic area.
– Average annual temperature is 15 C degrees
– Coldest month January with average temperature 7 C degrees
– Hottest month is july with average temperature 25 C degrees
– Period free of frost is 225 days from 4 April to 15 November
– Rainfall occurs mainly in winter (38%) and then spring and autumn (29% and 28% respectively).
6.- Growing season, all year round depending on what trees or vegetables or plants,…
7.- I believe that through our webpage you can have response to many of the questions on landscape profile, soil, water, access roads, structures, facilities,…
8.- Land previous uses where traditional dehesa uses (cork trees, goats, sheep, cow, olive trees, cultivation of wheat, vegetable garden, fruit trees, all with hand work and donkeys and mules, no trucks, tractor,… Soil has been arable.
9.- With the restoration of old building yes we will have a very nice, confort, stone made country house. It is currently under construction
10.- There is no development fund
11.- We plan to run it as a business (organizing walking holidays and renting rural house for weekends,…)
12.-We are a married couple with three kids (Javier and Sandra 36 year old, Sandra jr 5, Erika 4 and Javier jr 3 months). Our mayor skills are business, management (law degree, MBA, working experience as project manager,…),…
13.- Photos in the website www.walk-tentudia.com, maps attached. We have full time because we need it as a new incomes source
We are by 921 summit (on mapas pablo dos 005), on the right hand side, before Ayo. ( means stream) Valle del Moral. Ten minutes walking to the summit
Bye thank you very much
Javier, Sandra, Sandra jr, Erika, Javier jr