Entries by Btina

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. […]

Guayusa

After doing some research on what additional “crops” we should have growing we decided to go for the guayusa tree. While guayusa is endemic to the Upper Amazon regions of Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia, it is estimated that over 98% of the guayusa trees in the world are located in Ecuador. Guayusa Tea is much […]

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

Growing seeds in sustainably with origami paper pot

Here is a sustainable Do It Yourself way to plant seeds in paper bags instead of plastic bags! We try to use as little plastic as possible and produce the less amount of plastic waste. This is why we have been trying to find smart ways to replace all the plastic “things” we are using […]

DIY Soap Making Natural From Scratch, Part 2

How to Make Lye out of Ashes Before discussing how to make lye, it is important to note that lye is very dangerous and extreme caution should be used when making or handling lye – whether commercial or homemade. Lye should never come in contact with aluminum, as it will react with the metal. Lye […]