Syntropic addition to the Permaculture Farm
Over the past couple of months we have been preparing beds and paths between the beds to trial the Syntropic System (a type of AgroForestry) on the Kendall Permaculture Farm. The area we have been preparing used to be grazing land for the cows, so a lot of hard work has gone into digging out the grass and making the area suitable for planting.
Yesterday we planted around 1,000 seedlings in the first 5 beds we have ready. It is very exciting and we hope the system is going to work for us. We would like to implement this system for our market gardens, and hope to produce a regular amount of vegetables so that we can supply people, shops and co-ops in our area.
I will not go into detail here about the Syntropic System as there are plenty of other websites which can illuminate you on the system. You can find the course to do if you are interested in Syntropic farming here, the course is in Northern NSW at the Krishna Village and is taught by Thiago Barbosa, who learned from Ernst Gotsch (the founder of the Syntropic System) in Brazil. The Syntropic system seems to easily slot into our Permaculture Systems here on the farm.
We would like to thank all our volunteers for the amazing work they have done so far in preparing this area (no, we have not yet finished…), I have posted some photos below to show the progress. We hope to regularly update this website and our Instagram and Facebook pages with more photos as it evolves. This area will function as a case study (click here for the case study) where we will report on the amount of produce coming from this area and have noted down species planted and other specifics.