The Ten Steps of the Permaculture Client Contact

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Index

0. Introduction to Permaculture Client Contact

1. First contact with potential Client

2. Client completes the Client Contact Work-sheet

2. Review of Client Contact Work-sheet

3. Respond to Client with Goals Articulation and Lifestyle Questionnaire

4. Review of Goals Articulation and Lifestyle Questionaire

5. Prepare and send preliminary quote for Site Survey

6. Clients acceptance of quote and subsequent performance of Site Survey

7. Review of Site Survey Data and preparation of Site Survey Report

8. Forward Site Survey Report and quotation for Master Planning Services to client

9. Client accepts Master Planning Services

10. Master Planning Commences

Section ? – The Ten Steps of Permaculture Master Planning

 

1. Introduction to Permaculture Client Contact

 

One of the first questions we need to assess as Permaculture Designers is who are we designing for?

In the most general terms, we are producing designs for those we care about. That could just be yourself.

It could be your:

  • family;
  • your friends;
  • colleagues;
  • neighbors;
  • strangers; or
  • it could be an individual, a group of people or a company.

SometimesI it might not immediately be obvious who it is you are designing for and you will need to assess who the true client is.

The term “client(s)” is often used in permaculture design – the common feature is that they have a sense of ownership over a place or project, and the power to make a decision about its future. Listening to the client(s) is the first step.

2. Site Survey

Checklist for Information Gathering

(detail depends on who the client is)

The people

Who is involved/ affected, their motivations, visions, desires – it’s important that everyone gets heard right at the beginning!

Habits

Diet, Routines – daily/ weekly/ annual, Use of space (especially design site),

Resources

Time, money, materials, skills, experience, physical ability, contacts

In relation to the design

Expectations – degree of detail, budget, timescale, and deadlines

 

The site

This part goes together with one or several site visits (ideally, at least once with the client  – see Observation/ Site survey.

Site history

Legal situation – ownership, liabilities, boundaries, public access

Who uses the site, when and how?

Interaction with neighbors

Known and perceived problems and potentials

For non-site designs, similar questions need to be asked.

Finding out Client Information

An in-depth talk (or Interview) is often the best way to find information. This is best combined with a site visit.

Questionnaires can cut down time needed for interviews if handed over beforehand. They can also be filled in by people who are marginally involved. Questionnaires need to reflect case-specific conditions and will be different for each design.

These methods can be combined, which often results in greater depth of information:

  1. Send or hand out the questionnaire
  2. Arrange a time for an interview based on the questionnaire
  3. After the interview, consider if there are any follow-up questions.

Remember – communication is the key to mutual satisfaction!

 

3. Goals Articulation and Lifestyle

In Permaculture Design we design to assure our client’s needs are meet and we also need to work to provide for their other life desires.

We like to discuss the Goals of our Project by using the construct of a Lifestyle Choices. When we think of our “Permaculture Lifestyle” or what Lifestyle we can achieve with the tools and techniques afforded to us with Permaculture, we design to create a specific Permaculture Lifestyle.

One strategy to help us assure our Permaculture Goals is shown in the below “Smart System”:

Once we have reviewed our Goals in line with the Smart System we can then move to Articulating our Goals.

The Permaculture Goals Articulation Process allows for the designer to take a concept and move it into a more concrete reality by exploring how the concept will be implemented and how it can be measured in the continual improvement process.

Goals Articulation Questions

As the first step of working with you to create a Permaculture Design for your property, you will need to begin the process of Goals Articulation.

This process will clarify exactly what is desired and expected from your space, and give everyone involved a starting point for discussions and the next steps in the overall design process. Please involve your family in this process – if possible, you should all work to answer these questions together!

Take some good time to work on this – it is the most important part of the entire design. Sit down, get comfy, take a deep breath (or 3), and go for it. Feel free to use as much paper as you want! Draw, doodle, or cut out pictures to express what you want!

  1. Imagine someone who has never been to your place before arrives, and spends twenty minutes wandering around, speaking to you about topics other than and landscape. As they leave your place, I stop them and ask for five words that express the qualities of the site they just wandered through and unconsciously imbibed. What words would you want them to say? What qualities do you want your landscape to express? (you can list more than five).
  1. What objects do you want at the site? These can be living or non-living. You can also list particular plants or animals you want here, too.
  1. What do you want the site to do for you? What do you hope to achieve? Is there a specific look or feel or image you want to express or embody?
  1. What problems do you have with the site? Are there drainage problems, access problems, aesthetic problems, insect problems, etc? What is the worst problem?
  1. What qualities, features, things, or patterns of your landscape to you particularly like already?

Project

XXXXXXXXX:

XXXXXXXXX.

Easthampton, MA 01027

 

Client:

XXXXXXXX

XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

XXXXXXXXX

 

 

GOALS ARTICULATION:

 

Mission Statement:

The intensively managed forest garden of the xxxxxxxxxxx is a highly productive oasis of beautiful and functional plants at the interface of urban Easthampton and the riparian forest. This (adjective here) garden and home complex models the synergy of function and aesthetic possibilities for shelter, energy production, and landscape.  As a part of an urban eco-village, this integrated garden and home complex provides diverse and delicious foods, an opportunity for exploration, and inspiration to the residents, neighbors, and community members.

 

Integrated home and garden will provide food and refuge for its inhabitants and other animals.  The locally adapted plants on the site will provide fruits, nuts, and leaves to draw the inhabitants into the garden and educate passers-by.  

 

“The forest garden is the unifying element of a larger Permaculture [wholesystems] design for food [and energy] production, wildlife habitat, and social spaces that encompasses the entire property” (EFG II, 151).

 

Aesthetics, Patterns, and Vegetation Architecture:

Two discrete patterns (front yard and backyard) provide a lush, architecturally harmonious setting for the Craftsman style home (does this wording make the landscape too subordinate to the home?).

  • The warm, light-filled, forest edge gardens of the south-side cascade down the slope toward the corner of Terrace View and Pleasant Street in a series of terraced perennial beds, waves of shrubs, and groups of fruiting trees. The productive architecture of both the home with its photovoltaic panels and the multi-layered food forest rich in tastes, textures and smells create an exciting and inspiring public face to the xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • The side yards as exciting transitional spaces (tunnel of green, fruit, and flowers on the west; a deck on the east).
  • Tall trees, personal gardens, and herbaceous lawns on the north side of the house create a cool refuge for the inhabitants of this home.

 

Desired Foods & Other Useful Products:

  • for ?? number of people,
  • fruits for fresh eating ?? number of months with surpluses for storage and preserving
  • The food forest provides vegetables in the form of leaves, root, fruits, stems, flowers, and fruits from perennial and annual plants.
  • The many common fruits and vegetables found in the garden are supplemented by more unusual and nutritious food plants.
  • The 1/3 acre site will also provide coppice materials for the creation of garden fences, stakes, and other elements.

 

Other Essential Needs Fulfilled by the Garden:

  • The private and shared spaces of the garden and patios provide refuge for rejuvenation for the two families.
  • The integrated home and garden is a demonstration site for ecological forest techniques, a showplace of alternative technologies, and whole systems design within the urban context.

 

How Garden Relates to the Larger Ecosystem & Neighborhood Context:

  • This oasis, operating as a CSA for an Urban Ecovillage, will provide local people with an opportunity to connect with the cycles and processes of plants, the soil, and the earth in general.
  • The integrated home and garden complex will act as a model of regenerative action for neighbors.
  • The highly diverse plant community of the garden will provide varied habitat and forage for invertebrates, birds, reptiles, and small mammals.

 

Maintenance & Establishment Efforts:

  • After construction of the Condos concludes, terracing, installation of hardscapes, and other infrastructure will take place over the course of one to two months.  This will be followed by the beginning of fertility management, planting, irrigation installation, and mulching which will initiate the establishment phase of the gardens. During this establishment phase, a rapid succession of soil improving plants is cycled through, culminating in the planting of the woody perennials, shrubs, vines, and trees.  This bulk of this process will occur over xxx months.
  • Fertility management: the installation of the forest garden will begin with the rehabilitation of the site’s sandy soils that have been compact from construction, contaminated with lead from paint and gas fumes, and depleted of living soil.
  • The garden will be professionally managed by xx people and supported the volunteer efforts of the condo’s residence, neighbors, and ecovillage members.
  • The products of the garden will be shared by these people and other CSA subscribers.

 

Estimated Total Budget:

unknown to date

 

Basic Approach to Key Issues:

  • plants- diverse, productive, beautiful, drought tolerant, non-invasive, low maintenance
  • hardscape- permeable, high-albedo, well shaded
  • landscape- a mix of well defined private space and public space, diverse microclimates

LANDSCAPE DESIGN GOALS:

XXXX Condominiums

XXXXXXXXXX, XXXXXXXXX, MA 01027

Draft; May 18, 2007

 

Mission Statement:

A beautiful, functional, and well-ordered landscape provides a productive edible oasis for residents to inhabit and enjoy.  The home and garden demonstrate a high level of integrated regenerative design that enhances the ecological performance, educational value, and sales potential of the XXX project, and provides opportunities for exploration, education, and inspiration to residents, neighbors, and community members.  The project forms the seed crystal for an urban ecovillage.

 

  A beautiful, functional, and well-ordered landscape provides a productive edible oasis for residents to inhabit and enjoy.

The landscape is beautiful, functional, and well-ordered.

  • The landscape provides an aesthetically appropriate and harmonious setting for this Arts-and-Crafts-style home, as appropriate to the region’s sense of place and the historical era of the original building.

– The landscape draws on and updates the stylistic qualities and elements appropriate for Arts and Crafts style, such as:

– clean lines, the simplicity of form, natural materials

– plant architecture frames and softens the form of the house

– one or two main large trees as a framework with associated understory plants

– massed evergreens (e.g., rhodos, mtn laurels, yews, dwarf nut pine, n. bayberry, etc.)

– asymmetry

– sweeping expanses of lawn (??)

– layered plant forms (e.g., pagoda dogwood, Jap maple, some juneberries)

– horizontal hardscape elements (pergolas, etc.)

– Bloom sequences, fruit, foliage, and plant forms provide year-round, eye-pleasing colors and textures.

  • The landscape’s well-defined public, private, and shared semi-private spaces provide refuge and rejuvenation for the two families as well as a sense of community among the residents.

– The landscape meets residents’ needs for privacy and security.

– Each family has access to a well-organized private space that they control, though they do not maintain it.

– Filtered views into the site from Pleasant Street allow passers-by to see only shared or public parts of the site.

– The neighbor’s houses are well screened, especially between facing windows and the backyard, but the screens still allow neighbors to interact with each other and residents to see their surroundings.

– headlights from roads and driveways blocked from hitting windows if possible

– Semi-private space allows the condo residents to interact, a place to see and be seen by each other, and by the public to some degree.

– Public spaces allow passers-by view the condos and their residents, while still providing residents a sense of bounded space that they can invite people into or not; connection with control.

  • Diverse microclimates provide outdoor habitat for humans year-round.
  • Water moves out of people’s way but is stored and infiltrated for optimal eco function.
  • People and materials flow logically on and around the site.

– wheelbarrows etc. can circumambulate the house, if possible

– east wing residents can get from front to back yards easily and from their car park to either back or front yard or both easily

– visitors can get from front parking area to either house easily

– mulch, compost, and other landscape materials have a clear home in an unobtrusive yet accessible space

  • The site provides sufficient parking and auto access while minimizing dominance by automobiles.

– how many spaces required by Easthampton?

– each unit has designated parking spaces for their use: how many?

– Shared parking space(s) are also available somewhere: how many?

– East wing residents can get into the house easily to load/unload

  • The site provides spaces for outdoor uses by residents:

– barbecues

– individual sit spots, small and medium-sized group interaction space

  • The design provides reasonable flexibility for future changes in use

– possible driveway additions/changes?

– garden expansion?

 

Residents and neighbors enjoy the landscape as a productive edible oasis.

  • Healthy, safe-to-eat fruit, nuts, vegetables, medicinals grow in abundance and supply food for as many people as possible while balancing aesthetic goals (number of people???)

– The landscape provides food in the form of leaves, root, fruits, stems, flowers, and fruits from mainly perennial plants and some annuals.

– Fruits for fresh eating xx number of months with surpluses for storage and preserving

– More unusual and nutritious food plants supplement the many common fruits and vegetables found in the garden.

– Soil lead is mitigated so that food is safe to grow and eat, or foods that do not take up lead are the only ones grown.

– Possible solutions include: removal of most-contaminated soils; creation of raised beds, container plantings, or top-coating of broad areas using clean imported materials; massively increasing soil organic matter to chelate lead and reduce plant uptake; growing only fruits and nuts but not greens; maintaining continuous mulch or dense plant cover to eliminate blowing dust.

  • The 1/3-acre site provides some coppice materials for the creation of garden fences, stakes, and other elements, or for use as mulch on site.

 

  The home and garden demonstrate a high level of integrated regenerative design that enhances the ecological performance, educational value, and sales potential of the XXX project.

The landscape regenerates the site’s ecological health and performance.

  • The home and garden are a model of integrated ecological design.

– The site design and its elements embody ecological design principles: multiple functions, functional interconnection, etc.

– The site is designed as a whole system.

  • The landscape restores the site’s ability to provide key ecological services, enhances the ecological health of the neighborhood and improves the ecological performance of the project.

– The landscape contributes to low energy consumption by the households over the long haul and in construction

– allow winter sun

– shade summer sun, especially on roofs

– minimize heat island effects

– use low embedded energy materials in construction

– local materials used AMAP

– onsite food production

– Innovative integration of landscape and home create a more water-efficient lifestyle for the long haul and lets water leave the site clean

– A low-irrigation need in the landscape overall

– Rainwater from the site used for irrigation, passive and active

– drought-tolerant and taprooted species used

– minimize runoff, maximize infiltration and E.T.

– The design maximizes soil health and function

– Maximize soil aeration and tilth.

– The soil is held in place and erosion is minimized.

– Steep embankments stabilized and covered

– Bare soil eliminated

– healthy soil biota encouraged

– The landscape offers key habitat elements for wildlife, especially invertebrates (butterflies and beneficial insects), birds, reptiles, and small mammals.

– The site offers diverse habitats and plant communities, with complete guilds to provide nectar, other foods, shelter, etc.

– pond? rain garden? brushy areas?

– species used help create a healthy food web

– The site provides food, water, and shelter for desired species throughout the growing season

– The landscape is as non-toxic an environment as possible/feasible

– soil lead mitigated: eliminated, entombed, or buried, blowing dust minimized

– no use of pressure-treated lumber, especially near food plants

– create a healthy environment to minimize pest problems, need for pesticides: healthy soil, diverse plantings of species well-adapted to the site.

  • All of the elements, methods, and techniques employed in this landscape meet or exceed the LEED for Homes Guidelines for Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency.

– The plan excludes plants characterized as invasive by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (SS 2.1)

– Turf makes up less than 20% of the total non-buildable area of the site, approximately 2,403 sf for this site. (SS 2.3)

– All turf included on site is drought tolerant, planted in full-to-part sun, and on slopes not exceeding 25%. (SS 2.2)

– Drought tolerant plants and heavy mulching ensure that the water budget does not exceed 16 or 5 gal/sf/yr, for this site, at max. garden size (7,265 sf front and back yards) this is approx. 116,240 or 36,325 gal/sf/yr (SS 2.4)

– More than half of the site’s hardscape is made up of light-colored, permeable, well-shaded materials.  (SS 3)

– All of the water that falls on the site is absorbed or stored in the soils and other structures of the garden (SS 4.1)

– The garden contains more than 29 trees or 116 shrubs as means to control erosion (SS 4.2)

– Measures are implemented to ensure that insects, rodents, and small mammals are excluded from the units in order to eliminate the need for the use of pesticides. (SS 5.1)

– The site achieves moderate density development with the equivalent of approximately 9 units/ac. (SS 6.1)

– A cistern system captures 50% of the rainwater that falls on the roof of the house to be used for irrigation. (WE 1.1)

– A high-efficiency irrigation system inspected and controlled by third-party water all trees and planting beds which require irrigation.  The system has an automatic timer equipped with a rain delay and soil moisture sensors, high-efficiency nozzles, and proper pressure regulation(WE 2.1, 2.2)

 

The landscape enhances the sales value of XXXs and the business profile of XXXXXXXXXXX.

  • The multi-layered edible, ecological landscape rich in colors, tastes, textures, and smells create an exciting and inspiring public face for the Xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • The site creates a sense of visual mystery: the landscape “shows a little leg” and piques interest by offering cropped views of the beauty available, but creates mystery by not giving away too much too fast: tightly controlled public views.
  • The ecological and food-producing value of the landscape draws environmentally-aware buyers.
  • This landscape meets or exceeds the LEED for Homes Guidelines for Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency.

 

  The site provides opportunities for exploration, education, and inspiration to residents, neighbors, and community members.

  • The project provides a showcase/ educational display of regenerative / sustainable strategies and technologies.: How? Before sale or after, too?

 

 

The project forms a seed crystal for an urban ecovillage.

  • The exciting ecological forest gardening techniques, alternative technologies, and whole systems design draw neighbors to the site and inspire them to follow in XXX’s footsteps.
  • The planning, strategies, techniques, and technologies employed onsite offer a replicable model to those interested in creating greener, more self-sufficient urban homesteads.
  • This abundant oasis, operating as a CSA for an Urban Ecovillage, will provide local people with an opportunity to connect with the cycles and processes of ecology, plants, the soil, and the earth in general.

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Goals Articulation Statements and Lifestyle Articulation Statements

Goals Articulation Statements Summary:

  1. The farm will provide a dynamic, abundant life for the local family, resident community, guests, interns and students while providing a safe haven for learning and expanding one’s horizons.
  2. The farm will be a thriving Natural Living Education Center full of activity, providing inspiration to locals and international visitors, while allowing the educators to share and expand their knowledge base.
  3. The farm will serve as a model of profitable Permaculture Design in action and Regenerative Agriculture, showcasing the power of Integrated Sustainable Farming Systems utilizing Holistic Management techniques with diligent Animal Husbandry practices.
  4. The activities on the farm will require less economic and fossil fuel inputs over time, as an outcome of the Integrated Sustainable Farming Systems following Permaculture Design Principles and ethics, utilizing Regenerative Agriculture and Holistic Management techniques with diligent Animal Husbandry Practices.

 

Goal 1: The farm will provide a dynamic, abundant life for the local family, resident community, guests, interns, and students while providing a safe haven for learning and expanding one’s horizons.

  • The environment of the farm provides an ideal place to raise children, with a wide variety of stimulation and activities which help them have a strong physical and mental development and to stay healthy.
  • The farm promotes respect for each generation and is home to meaningful activities for everyone, such that all participate in creating the abundance of the farm.
  • There is an atmosphere of encouragement and engagement in the social and productive activities of the farm for all.
  • Production from the farm and gardens provide the residents with a wide variety of delicious and healthy food free of any chemical inputs.
  • The food forests are perennially producing and have an ever-changing variety of fruit, nuts, fiber, fuel, and timber while also providing habitat for many wild animals as well as our holistically raised chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows.
  • The gardens have an overabundance of fresh food coming from them year round, providing a stable source of healthy food allowing for reduced stress from food security.
  • All of our meat, fish needs are supplied on-site through our holistically managed humane animal husbandry systems, while producing the fertilizers from their waste to feed our gardens and thus ourselves.
  • The aquaculture systems provide an abundance of fresh fish and an emergency supply of edible tubers, for the nourishment of the community, while also providing habitat and food sources for our integrated animal systems.
  • The farm produces enough timber and bamboo for all the natural building needs of the community.
  • The surplus produced on the farm earns us enough income to pay for the day-to-day needs of the residents and the upkeep of the farm in a subsistence manner.

 

Goal 2: The farm will be a thriving Natural Living Education Center full of activity, providing inspiration to locals and international visitors, while allowing the educators to share and expand their knowledge base.

  • The farm hosts Natural Living Education Courses, to share our knowledge and systems with as many people as possible, running on a break-even cost structure based on providing a living wage for the resident teachers and offsetting the lost agricultural revenue to the farm for the area utilized by the center, throughout the year.
  • The farm is a thriving community made up of the local family, farm staff, resident educators, guests, interns, and students.
  • The farm allows for the many residents to participate in the rewards and abundance of their work.
  • The farm is part of a larger worldwide movement, both here in Thailand and beyond to promote sustainability through Permaculture principles while demonstrating that a community of like-minded people can live in harmony with the land and each other and prove that they can do so in an economically efficient manner.
  • The farm’s systems continue every day to evolve and become more efficient and interconnected with the local and world communities.
  • The systems on the farm provide the residents with the endless opportunity for creativity and invention, they joyfully and playfully utilize these opportunities to find new ways to increase efficiency, beauty, and sustainability on the farm.
  • The farm utilizes a Permaculture Master Plan which is a living document, easily updated and revised, enabling the farm and its residents to adjust the plans to ever-changing natural conditions.
  • The farm has a steady stream of passionate people, who bring ideas of their own and who take with them valuable experience and inspiration when they leave.
  • The residents of the farm interact with the local community in a way that respectfully invites them to learn Permaculture farming techniques and ideas about successful permanent agricultural practices.
  • The farm gives the residents the opportunity to feel thankful and to share our good fortune with the local community.
  • The farm provides low-cost Natural Living courses to the local Thai community and international students from around the world.
  • The farm and its actions help the people that live in our village and Thailand to view us with respect and camaraderie.
  • The residents of the farm work together to create social systems that promote individual growth and group strength.

 

Goal 3:  The farm will serve as a model of profitable Permaculture Design in action and Regenerative Agriculture showcasing the power of Integrated Sustainable Farming Systems utilizing Holistic Management techniques with diligent Animal Husbandry Practices.

  • The farm is able to reach break even after five years on the invested capital for the Regenerative Agriculture and Permaculture techniques utilized in its transition from a commercial corn and rice farm to an Integrated Sustainable Farm.
  • The farm’s systems provide the world with another real example of Integrated Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture systems utilizing Holistic Management and Animal Husbandry as being economically feasible.
  • Through the implementation of the Integrated Permaculture Master Plan, the farm has reduced costs, improved quality, and connected with new markets.
  • The Integrated Permaculture Master Plan helps guide the farm, allowing it to be well-managed and focused on the future. In the short term, medium term, and long-term, the Integrated Permaculture systems implemented on the farm are practical and easily replicated by the local communities.
  • The farm connects with the Worldwide Permaculture community and shares what we have done and what we have learned from our website and movies.
  • The farm experiments with different agricultural techniques utilizing proper scientific methods and construct and builds them with a thorough understanding of the engineering behind the projects.
  • The farm is a demonstration center of Permaculture systems and Natural Building practices for the local and international community, where people can come to see and learn how these systems work and how they can implement them on their farms, “Action Learning”.

 

Goal 4:  The farm will be a thriving Natural Living Education Center full of activity, providing inspiration to locals and international visitors, while allowing the educators to share and expand their knowledge base.

  • The farm will shift from energy-intensive activities, like conventional tillage agriculture, to more progressive modes of passive production, like perennial crops and aquaculture.
  • The farm will experiment with and implement different alternative energy systems. The systems include solar, wind, biogas and farm-made bio-fuels to work toward the goal of sending power back to the grid to offset our energy cost.
  • The residents constantly refine and re-evaluate the farm’s techniques to become even more efficient and effective.
  • We abide by the Principles of Permaculture and Integrated Farming, the farm’s systems have become much more synergistic.  This synergy helps to ensure the health and abundance of the farm and reduce waste thus producing a larger overall return on each system.
  • Every element of the farm is benefiting the system in multiple ways, the residents work to make the interactions as efficient as possible.
  • The farm strives to mimic nature in her diversity, stability, fertility, and productivity.
  • The “waste” from one element fits seamlessly into the needs of another. Throughout the farm, we are reducing waste, and improving the health of the overall system.

 

Lifestyle Articulation Statements

Our Lifestyle

At Rak Tamachat we work every day to make the lifestyle we want a reality.  Yes, you can live in a garden, not eat chemicals, grow your own food, work with your friends and share meals and share entertainment with them without ever leaving your home or more importantly spending huge amounts of money.

We wake up every morning fresh with the hunger to do our work for our daily bread, or in our case fruits and vegetables, though we still love baking bread in our pizza oven. We enjoy many things and as a varied group of international people and local Thais, we have the blessing of learning new things from our many friends.

We love to explore the many flavors and ways cooking can enrich our lives. We like to say, you can save it, plant it, grow it, harvest it, cook it, eat it, and make fertilizer (the cycle of life). We understand this simple principle and structure our lives around it; it governs most of what we do.

From saving seeds, making gardens, cooking our meals, sharing them and finally returning the nutrients to the gardens through our composting toilets. We have truly found the secret to life, the one that the corporations don’t want you to know, you can do it yourself!

But we have found that working alone is very hard and working with a community is a much better way to make the work fun, we like to think that work is play. If it is not fun than we are doing something wrong, with this guiding our lives it truly makes for a wonderful and rewarding life.

  • We enjoy sharing our meals communally with our family and friends;
  • We enjoy kicking back together after a fulfilling days work;
  • We enjoy the sense of accomplishment we feel after a successful days work with our friends;
  • We enjoy sharing the joys of work on a shared goal which will enrich our community with our friends;
  • We enjoy sharing our lives with others;
  • We enjoy sharing our knowledge and learning from others.

 

Our Beliefs

At Rak Tamachat we believe that everyone regardless of where they are from, their background, social standing, economic circumstances, education, etc have basic rights as humans. We understand that sometimes these people do not know or understand that they have basic rights as the conditions they are in or were brought up under does not allow for them to believe they can have these. We do understand that everyone has these rights and further that it is our responsibility to speak up for or defend them.

We feel that at the most basic level people have the right to prosper. They have the right to raise their family in peace and harmony. They have the right to live a healthy life free of war, famine, chemicals, slavery.

The unequal distribution of resources is the real source of most people’s problems at the bottom of the economic pyramid. The inability for the poor to have access to land and resources such as water and seeds to plant and grow their own food forces them to become economic slaves to the system designed to create wants and desires that make them rats in a maze, that they do not know how to escape from.

We feel that we have the obligation as persons who have had the education, upbringing to understand the problems and the solutions to show and teach the less fortunate how to break out of the cycle enslaving them to the corporate systems.

  • We believe that everyone should have the right to economic freedom to provide a basic life for themselves and their family;
  • We believe that everyone has the right to food security;
  • We believe that everyone should be allowed to have a place to grow food for themselves and their family;
  • We believe that everyone has the right to be happy and that the environment to provide that happiness is a right;
  • We believe that everyone has the right to raise their family in social harmony and peace without undue economic stress;
  • We believe that everyone should be afforded the right to earn a living to provide for themselves and their family;
  • We believe that every family should have a home without the burden of a mortgage;
  • We believe that education is a right.

Our Choices

At Rak Tamachat we know that the choices we make will drive our outcomes. We know that some of the things being told to us by the mainstream are not right.

We can feel that their needs to be some changes, but don’t see the answers to these concerns being promoted by our governments, or large businesses. While we fully support the green movement in business to promote renewable resources and recycling we also realize that the goals of making the most money severely hampers the effectiveness of these operations and slows the development of these much-needed industries.

We know that we have the choice to wait and hope the fats cats can fix the problems they made or we can choose to limit our consumption of their products or in some cases stop using them altogether.

We make choices every day at Rak Tamachat by limiting our consumption and thus reducing the waste and destruction of nonrenewable resources.

Not allowing the use of chemicals in our gardens and thus working to break the chain of chemical agriculture. We choose to live our lives closer to nature as westerners so that the local Thais can see that not all western people are what is shown in the movies.

We limit our lives to share with others; we choose a different path to show that the consumerism promoted through the media is not the only way.

  • We choose to grow our own food without chemicals;
  • We choose to use natural building in our shelters;
  • We choose to build our shelter without mortgages;
  • We choose to live together in community and foster social harmony with each other and nature;
  • We choose to corporate with nature instead of fighting against it;
  • We choose to share our knowledge and abundance with others;
  • We limit the consumption of meats to only what we grow ourselves on our farm in a humane manner assuring our animals full lives and humane deaths;
  • We chose to limit the consumption of scares resources such as fuels by sharing our transport and appliances by living in a communal way;
  • We choose to eat locally when buying vegetables or other foods from outside Rak Tamachat;
  • We choose to cook and share our meals together to reduce the waste from cooking;
  • We choose to follow the Ethics and Principles of Permaculture.

 

Our Actions

We know that our actions are the result of our beliefs, choices, and goals. We know that to create the world and lifestyle we want we will have to do something to make our dream a reality.

Our actions are the manifestation of our choices. We choose our lifestyle and work to create our own destiny. The Integrated farming activities on the farm are the actions that we use to create our environment.

We love to work to build new systems and maintain the ones we have, learn how they interact and how they can be improved. We never stop learning how the synergies play upon each other to always find a higher state of being.

Like the synergies, we as a community, through our actions together, bring our combined lives to a higher state of being than we could achieve alone.

You can explore below, how we make our actions our reality:

Master Plan

Rak’s Media