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Our family objective is to build an ABUNDANT and resilient lifestyle and help others do the same, by using ecological approach to reduce monetary dependence, while forging new relationships with everything that surrounds us. Relationships are formed through direct interactions, where as money typically robs us of these connections. Greater autonomy draws upon simplicity, yet natural design is infinitely complex. Isolated features should there for become integrated in meaningful ways, so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture helps us complement component thinking with the application of whole system design.

“The strength of a community may be measured by its ability to recycle resources sustainably, that are mutually beneficial and return a yield that compliments almost everyone”.

We provide a free community service for residents of Niton, whitwell and chale villages which can access our garden material drop off. We cover our soils directly with the donated plant remains, known as a raw mulch. Composting occurs naturally, slowly feeding surrounding food crops and fruit trees. A mulch cover revolutionized how we garden, productivity increased and labour saving are among its greatest assets.

Chickens

Chickens are marvellous animals, my life is richer when they are near. All chickens originate from Junglefowl, a forest bird that will eat a variety of foods. Like its ancestor Chickens also seek sanctuary in trees to roost at night, mostly to avoid ground predators and protection from the elements.

The path to self sustaining systems is to recognise natural patterns and design a way to cooperate and complement how things are. The Tree cone chicken house bellow provides a roost that is based on natural behaviour.

The cone has structural roosting bars inside, underneath a wide mesh platform will catch a falling chicken but allows all waste to fall to the ground, minimising cleaning and preserving the structure. The ladder is designed to challenge ground predators but ease a chickens ascent or descent. The cone also does not encourage insect infestations and hastens the drying of feathers which is really important in winter.