Entries by Btina

Stingless bees (Apidae, Meliponini)

Just a few days ago (14. January 2019) we have been gifted with a box of endemic “Catana” (Scaptotrigona ederi Schwarz) also known as Meliponini or “stingless bees”. They are twice the size as the “Angelitas” (Tetragonisca angustula) Meliponini stingless bees which are all-ready on the farm since over 2 years now. When we first […]

Best Tropical Flowering Plants

So from a holistic perspective it makes sense to have flowers. The question is then obviously which flowers are endemic to our tropical climate (Excessive rain and sun) and which flowers have which uses. The more uses-cases a flower has, the better. Thats core permaculture philosophy. One uses-case was, is the flower edible – can […]

Permatree – Sustainable Living In Ecuador, With Educational Aspirations

In search of a sustainable way of life in harmony with nature, the two Swiss Citizens were interviewed by PonderingTime about their new life and their project PermaTree. PonderingTime Magazine Published on 12. January 2019 By Thomas Matterne – read the full article here PonderingTime Trilingual International Online Magazine with stories beyond mainstream PonderingTime.net (English), DenkZeit.net (German), […]

Where is PermaTree in Ecuador?

PermaTree is located at the edge of the Andes mountain range and the amazon basin. The Amazon river system has its sources in the eastern flanks of the Andes. The Andes are the longest exposed mountain range of the world, and the second-highest after the Himalayas. The Andes mountain range is the highest mountain range outside […]

Retrospective 3 Years PermaTree

With PermaTree in Ecuador we kickstarted the project 19th of May 2016. Fast forward today 6th of April 2018 we have survived the first two years on site. Currently 3rd year. This has been similar to a start-up kind of lifestyle to be honest. Extremely interesting but also very very intense in all possible directions. We […]

How To: Adobe Oven

How to build a Adobe Oven Or horno as it is called in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. Sun-dried mud brick construction, mud mortar, recycling (bottles) and mud plastering construction. Build a base structure at a good hight, so you can use the oven in future without having to bee kneeling down all the time. […]

Herbal medicine: Leonotis Nepetifolia – Klip Dagga

Leonotis leonurus (L.) R. Br. is a shrub belonging to the Lamiaceae (mint) family, which comprises of about 3,200 species in 200 genera. L. leonurus is commonly called ‘wild dagga’ or ‘lion ear’. and is found in tropical Asia, Africa and southern India. The plant stems emanates from a thick wood base. The green leaves are […]

Challenges – as first time Chicken Owners

Why Chickens? The main interest of having free-range chickens at our organic farm was, to have real and own organic eggs as food nutrition and the chicken dug for soil fertilizer. How to start? But as we were – without knowledge about raising chickens. It was a completely new experience. First, of course, we were […]

Status update October 2016 at PermaTree

It has been more than just VERY busy. It has been exiting EVERY day here. With ups and downs like everywhere of course. But so fare we are on track and are moving forward.
Enjoy the photos. Let us know if you want to Skype. Sunday is a good day for Skype here