I grew up on a farm and my grandfather had a big vegetable garden which was used by the whole family. My favourite stew was the one with kale, which my mother made deliciously. The kale was harvested after the first frost for the best taste.
When I moved out from my parents’ house, I bought a bag of cut kale in December. When I was making my first own stew, I expected the same delicious taste that I experienced at home. However, the taste was so disappointing! Where did the taste go? How was it possible that the difference between the kale from my grandfather’s vegetable garden and the kale from the supermarket was so big? I made the stew the same way as my mother, so that could not be it. This was the first moment I realised the difference between industrial vegetables and vegetables from your own garden. Having an own vegetable garden is the secret for the best taste!
Nowadays, we are used to the taste of the fruit and vegetables from the supermarket. Everything we buy there, grows on artificial manure and the greenhouses are made in such a way that the producers can profit as much as possible. The roots of the plants never touch the soil, which is also the reason for losing the original taste. The soil is responsible for the quality and taste of the fruit and vegetables as it feeds the plants with lots of minerals and trace elements for the most nutrients.
Fortunately, the demand for allotment gardens and city gardens is increasing nowadays. Permaculture makes gardening attractive and easy again and has worthy, biological and tasteful food as a result. Permaculture helps you work together with nature and lets you see the connections between the soil, manure, vegetation, seasons, climate and much more!
The future of permaculture
Permaculture is the alternative for industrial agriculture and in this way, also the alternative for monoculture. We need more farmers who harvest a diversity of vegetation decentralised and who provide this harvest for local communities. For example seasonal vegetables and fruit, nuts, potatoes, grains, mushrooms, milk and milk products, eggs, meat, canned food, jam and honey. My personal belief is that many health problems could be fixed prevented in this way. Worthy and biological food is an important element for our health and this shows as we have never seen so many food allergies and health problems that are related to the wrong nutrition. Our humanity is lost when it comes to food. Permaculture is the solution!
My resume as permaculture designer
In October 2012 I graduated in the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) that was given in Australia by Geoff Lawton. I was inspired the most in the summer of 2013. In this summer, I followed an internship of 10 weeks at ‘The Permaculture Research Institute‘, also given by Geoff Lawton in Australia. After this, I started to transform my own garden with much passion into a garden that completely functions in the vision of permaculture. In the following years, I worked on several farms in Italy for more experience.
Originally, I am a graphical designer. Before I came in touch with permaculture, I performed this profession independently and successfully. Because of this, I am good at converting complex information into a clear, visual image. Now, my background in the graphical world is a big advantage for me, but also for you: I do not only tell you a story about all of the possibilities, but I can also present it to you with a complete design of your new garden. In this way, you know exactly what the best arrangement for your garden is and how it can lead to the most efficient way of working and the most harvest. Besides an elaborated design, I also provide you with multiple hand-outs that you can use as a guideline.
- 2012: PDC (Permaculture Design Course), Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Research Institute Australia
- 2013: Internship, Permaculture Research Institute Australia. Trainings included:
- Earthworks course, Geoff Lawton
- Project Aid Workers course, Geoff Lawton
- Teacher Training course, Geoff Lawton
- Compost soil course, Paul Taylor
- Urban Permaculture Design and Consultancy course, Nick Huggins
- Introduction to Apiculture (Bee-course), Peter Stace
- Permaculture tool use and repair, Danial Lawton
- 2012: Trimming olive trees, La Bianchina, Jolanda van Dijk
- 2013: Workshop about soil, Marc Siepman
- 2013: Workshop on how to grow mushrooms, Bruno van Haudenhuyse
Do you also want a permaculture design? You can always contact me.