• Valerie

Respecting MOTHER EARTH with permaculture

Updated: May 18, 2020

Nature has always been my primary source of inspiration. My childhood in my grandparents' farm, a whole year backpacking through the remote villages of Latin America, the return to my homeland in the countryside where I could find my roots again and live surrounded by nature,... all these moments most likely sparked my vocation: living in contact with nature, cultivating the land to the rhythm of the seasons, feeding my family with healthy and nourishing food, and sharing my passion for the earth.

For the past 20 years, I’ve enjoyed designing my garden according to the permaculture principles, with a vast biodiversity, and a variety of small ecosystems interacting with each other. These new designs show the beauty of Life in all its aspects. Permaculture defends three principles: respect for the earth (water, soil, forests, oceans, mountains, mangroves...), respect for people (for oneself, others and future generations) and the sharing of resources (limiting our consumption, moving towards more moderation and frugality and redistributing surpluses where food is lacking). These principles are common to all traditional cultures attached to a place, which have been able to establish a balance with their environment, connecting their populations to Mother Earth. In this conception of the world, human beings have their place in Nature, and Nature serves them.

More than a concept, permaculture is an art of living, a philosophy, a way of acting that favors working with, and not against, Nature. Nowadays, permaculture aims to provide for the needs of the population within the limits of our ecosystems. Of course, this requires a creative adaptation by everyone as well as an educational and cultural revolution. All around the world, people are working to implement these principles, contributing to a big change and a new dream.

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