What does innovation mean?
Much is said about entrepreneurship thanks to innovation, its importance in economic development and its value as a tool for creating wealth.
Video interview with the Socialpreneurs Podcast who are located in Madrid, Spain. The topic of the podcast was the triple impact of Permatree Superfoods.
Announcement: Our very own Podcast at Permetree. The Permatree Podcast is build around the idea that a ideal world is build by organizations focusing on creating triple positive impact on a social, environmental and economical scale
Permatree Superfoods will export plant based foods as added value SUPERFOODS directly grown, selected, transformed and packed – all with-in the productive territory – in Zamora-Chinchipe, located south east, Ecuador, Latin America. The fact that the entire operation will be in this space, will generate a real added value in this, off the beaten path, territory. For the people, planet, and also for profit. This is also known as the triple bottom line framework, to evaluate the performance in a broader perspective to create greater business value. Also known as triple impact social-enterprise.
Our goal with Permatree Superfoods is to transform the productive territory in a regenerative way, generating social, environmental and economic impact with positive results. 2,000 direct beneficiaries and 50,000 indirect beneficiaries. 300% more direct income for our 400 small family farmers. Our motivation is to fight poverty with business means, capitalizing on the benefits and opportunities of a globalized world.
It will be the first certified and free-of-mining, fruit, seed and vegetable processing plant in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Social-Enterprise with triple impact: environmental, social, and economic productivity, in all its processes, agricultural, dehydration, processing and export of superfoods.
Today Wednesday 16th September 2020 marks 80 days since the start of construction activities Permatree Superfoods project shows incredible progress and scale in new drone flyover. The latest drone flyover of Permatree Superfoods project shows some impressive progress, as the rapid construction technique is already producing two large buildings. In addition, in strict adherence to […]
Our goal with Permatree Superfoods is to transform the productive territory in a regenerative way, creating social, environmental and economic impact. (1) Social A regenerative system includes the social well-being of human actors within it and in the broader landscape: rural farming families, collaborators, and their family. Providing safe and healthy work environments ensures that […]
Bamboo Reforestation within the MachuPichu Zone at Permatree in Ecuador. The bamboo reforestation is a long-term transformation process.
Identified Bird Wildlife on Bamboo at Permatree in Ecuador. When you plant bamboo you enhance your local biodiversity. Permatree Wildlife Conservation.
Our operation of regeneration within the production territory with Permatree Superfoods is advancing despite the global challenging situation with COVID19 and the global warming…
Since January 2020 we have been weekly and daily planting a handful of bamboos within the so denominated “MachuPichu” zone near the main PermaTree bamboo house. Before January 2020 we transplanted larger areas with bamboo and amounts of bamboo plants in 5-10 days in a row. But with a team of 5 persons helping on […]
We’re almost 6 month through the Permatree-Superfoods startup objectives plan we started working on in October of 2020. Here’s how things are going… As some of you might know plans are rarely, if ever, set in stone. The best plans are fluid and adapt to results and feedback throughout the process. A plan shouldn’t be […]
Que son los super alimentos? Los superalimentos son nutricionalmente los alimentos más utilizados durante miles de años por los pueblos nativos para sanar la mente y el cuerpo. Los superalimentos son en su mayoría alimentos virgenes, con altos contenido en nutrientes. Son ricos en enzimas, vitaminas, minerales, fitonutrientes y fitoquímicos. Cuerpo sano Estos compuestos naturales son buenos para nuestra salud, … MoreQue son Superalimentos
La poda del pasto vetiver en su momento correcto funciona como una bomba de carbono. La poda de los cercos de vetiver hasta una altura de 30 a 50 cm. impide que estos den semillas, los vuelve más espesos y en consecuencia más eficaces para filtrar el escurrimiento. http://www.vetiver.org El vetiver esta siendo usado para: … MorePoda de pasto vetiver
Learn how easy it is to make homemade guacamole
DIY Mayonnaise Recipe
Experiencia personal (últimas semanas) Como mencione en un post anterior, yo Rebeca Gaona, estoy haciendo mi pasantía en la Finca Yantza Permatree. Ahora estoy en la semana 12, casi terminando mi pasantía. Se supone que terminaría mi pasantía el 20 de diciembre, pero tengo algunos problemas de salud, así que me van a operar el … More
La cúrcuma (Curcuma longa) es conocida por sus propiedades medicinales y desinflamatorias y en la cocina como colorante y saborizante. Ésta planta es primo del jengibre y es originaria de Asia. Ambos son considerados como superalimentos. Se ha usado por muchos años, pero con el tiempo se ha perdido el conocimiento y la importancia que … More
Certificación de Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas (BPA) Finca Yantza – PermaTree Finca Yantza – PermaTree obtuvo el certificado de Buenas Prácticas Agricultura (BPA) del Ministerio de Agricultura con el registro Nr. EC-Z-05-53-PA-G-2019-067 para los cultivos de: Guanábana (Annona Muricata L), Guineo Ceda, Ilex Guayusa y Cúrcuma (Curcuma longa) el dia viernes 4 de Octubre 2019. Las … More
Cerveza artesanal de cafe de microlote Colaboración NATEM y PERMATREE-CAFE-TIPIKAS Deliciosa CERVEZA DE CAFÉ EDICIÓN ESPECIAL exclusiva: Cerveza Natem Edición Limitada elaborada con café seleccionado micro lote de Imbana y Zumba en territorios de sur de Ecuador. Historia de la cerveza artesanal La cerveza es una de las bebidas más antiguas de la civilización. Según … MoreCerveza de cafe
PERMATREE CAFE TIPIKAS participando en la primera “Feria de Emprendimiento, Cultura y Turismo FECTUR 2019”. El evento se llevo a cabo el día viernes 27 de septiembre de 2019. Desde las 09h00 en la Plazoleta del Mercado Central, ubicado en la calle Amazonas y Av. Héroes de Paquisha a pocos pasos del Terminal Terrestre del … More
Mi nombre es Rebeca Gaona, nací en el sur de Ecuador, en una ciudad llamada Loja. Hace casi tres años fui aceptada en la Universidad EARTH, en Costa Rica, para estudiar agronomía. Ahí aprendí muchas cosas, no solo sobre agronomía, aprendí sobre diferentes culturas, diferentes formas de pensar sobre lo que veo, es por eso … MoreExperiencia de voluntariado: primeras 3 semanas
We have been experimenting dehydrating our sweetest bananas – guineo ceda. Dried fruit is fruit from which the majority of the original water content has been removed through the use of our electrical dehydrator. Dried fruit has a long tradition of use dating back to the fourth millennium BC in Mesopotamia, and is prized because […]
The goal of our minga last Saturday, was to harvest 1 quintal (45kg) of coffee cherries. In Sangre de toro (Red, ripe). To prepare a micro-batch of special coffee, double fermentation, of unique origin. There where a total 9 people helping with the collection of ripe cherries. Later on those same coffee beans will be transformed into coffee and sold at Permatree Tipikas Coffee.
The PermaTree family is growing. As true holistic organization we focus on the entire transparent value chain. From the farm to the shop where the added value products can be purchased. This is why we are now collaboration with Tipikas Coffee Shop in the capital of Zamora-Chinchipe. This is literally brand new. This will be […]
Happy to share with you a full transparent process of harvesting the Soursop Fruit (Annona muricata L) to the final frozen pulp. This short article and video will help you to understand the Artisanal Processing of Soursop Pulp. Obviously without the use of ANY additional ingredients, at all. The goal is the keep all of […]
The perennial peanut also known as Arachis Pintoi is called Mani Forrajero in Ecuador. This is a perennial tropical legume. Its one of the most highly effective flowering ground cover available. For the tropical climate we have at the farm. Important to mention that this perennial is a natural nitrogen-fixer. They sequester atmospheric nitrogen into […]
Friday the 2nd August 2019 we just finalized a massive reforestation on a old and steep pasture field with giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper). This is a extremely steep hill part of the farm. The giant bamboo will also help fight erosion. Additionally it has been planted so that it will create a tunnel pathway of […]
Dear friends as you may have noticed, not so long ago, we have up-dated our PermaTree Logo. Some may believe this is something not worth investing time in. Obviously we think differently 🙂 Let us quickly introduce you to the new logo and the background. We are located in the northwestern region of Ecuador at […]
Basic ingredients: water, flour, yeast and salt. (i) The yeast is not mixed directly with the salt. No sugar is needed. The simpler the recipe the better the bread. 1kg of wheat flour in a glass bowl. Make a hole in the middle of the flour. Cut a little (half a finger) fresh yeast (not […]
Exploring Existing Bamboo Operation in Coastal Ecuador in July 2019. Industrial, artesanal and experimental.
Video: How to make Tropical Paradise Juice like at PermaTree in Ecuador
To achieve an increase in the world’s agricultural production to meet the needs of a growing global population, farmers and researchers alike must consider the sustainable intensification of agriculture.
Today, we share one of our favorite dishes made at our farm. Its simple but very tasty recipe: How to make your very own potato gratin with coconut milk. As usual, we at PermaTree focus on healthy foods. In this post we are using instead of cow milk, coconut milk which you can make at […]
Experiment first hand on planting bamboo seeds. How to grow bamboo from seeds into plants. Entire process.
Ok we all know about the amazing health benefits of the soursop fruit and leaf by now. In case that you missed the health benefits a quick summary: Soursop contains more than 200 chemical compounds in its pulp, leaves, and stems that contribute to its many health benefits. It’s particularly rich in alkaloids, phenols, and […]
how to make organic soap from scratch with raw materials. Directly extracted manually, off the beaten path in the Amazon Region of Ecuador. From local organic vegetable & animal elements to produce the highest quality organic soap. With ancestral time-tested methods of soap making via cold saponification. Without harming any living beings.
As of March 2019 we have our 3rd anniversary at PermaTree. Living on-site and off the grid in this very unique tropical climate, we are now, better able to understand what works best. We try to focus on less work. Even if thats not visible yet 🙂 but hopefully in the not so far future, […]
With the Adaptive Contour Access Path (ACAP) our focus is: Enabling improved manual access to the crops. Enhancing the soil quality with nitrogen fixing plants – Arachis Pintoi. Let the microorganisms do their magic with the soil – Vetiver Grass. Reducing erosion on a micro and macro level. Slowing down the water flow. Tropical rainfall […]
As holistic farm we focus on treating all resources efficiently. Even more Water. Did you know that water is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. Water is the one of the 4 elements (Earth, Water, Air, and Fire). Humans are born of water from our […]
The PermaTree compost toilet system explained For our toilet system we do not use any water at all, because we have build a so called “compost toilet” which are water free. For most visitors at the farm, using a composting toilet is a first-time experience. This system which treats human waste by composting to produce a […]
The challenges of growing food in a tropical climate, in a unconventional region (mining) and on a area with more than 15 years of cattle farming history. Are that the existing environment is unbalanced. Consequently we face more than just a few plagues and pest. Which we believe is important sharing this challenging process with […]
As you can see yourself from the photos below, the visible transformation is massive at the PermaTree operation. It is clearly visible how the Soursop fruit trees have successfully grown. Actually we have pruned them else they would be even grown taller. And of course the Bamboo which is the fastest growing plant on the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Since we work with volunteers all over the world at PermaTree we have learned that its key to be as clear as possible with everything. Starting from the volunteer information pack to how to co-exist. And to not expect anything from anybody. In the best case we will be positively surprised else no big deal […]
As of the 25th of December 2018 we have had the first 60 Soursop fruits which are growing and starting to ripe now. When we first planted 100 different fruit trees, back in 2016, the soursop stood out because of its rocket like growth. Compared to the citrus fruit trees all of the Annona (Soursop, […]
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), […]
Have you heard about the Dragon Fruit? If yes you absolutely need to try the yellow dragon fruit also locally called pitahaya in Ecuador. This is the sweetest one of the 3 different existing dragon fruits. Last week we have finally been able to harvest the first few cactus fruits ourselves at the farm. Naturally […]
We just finalized the clearing out or thinning of culms from our 2 years ago planted, over 400 bamboo plants. Bamboo is unconventional part of our tropical food forest at the PermaTree farm. Pruning or trimming back bamboo can be used as a means for encouraging even more rapid growth. The world record for the […]
The current state (from March 2016 to today) of all the photographed biodiverse fauna at finca Yantza / PermaTree. Located in the southeastern region of Ecuador, alongside the Cóndor Cordillera at the edge of the Andes mountain range and the Amazon River Basin in Ecuador. More basic farm information about PermaTree – here / GPS coordinates of […]
Have you ever wondered how rice is made respectively harvested? Read more to learn about this process and our learning. This was the first rice harvesting at the farm – entire Thursday 20 September 2018. As you can see the harvest was done manually and believe me when I say it was hard work. We where […]
When we talk about cutting pasture grass. It’s not the same thing in a non tropical climate like in Europe. The grass here is GIANT Elephant grass (the African Pennisetum purpureum, also known as giant king) which grows up tu 3 meters tall and is very thick up to 1cm! Check out the photos. So […]
Today the greatest minds are busy with disruption of banking system, automobile industry, space rockets, energy sector etc. But only a few seem to focus on our food system or “food value chain”… Organic Farming VS Conventional Farming? People tend to forget that organic farming is actually the traditional way of farming. Industrial or conventional […]
The PermaTree FoodForest(s) have been growing physically and also digitally, on the website. As you can imagine most plants need more than just 3 years to grow strong and even more to produce fruit. Even in the tropical climate we have at the farm. Currently producing from the list above are Bananas, Guayusa, Coffee and […]
For our Spanish speaking visitors we have published a presentation about what Permaculture is. Maybe ill find some time to translate it to English … one day 🙂 ¿Qué es Permacultura?Mesa medio ambiente, Valle de las luciernagas, Zamora Chinchipe, Amazonas, Ecuador ¿Qué es Permacultura? Mesa medio ambiente, Valle de las luciernagas, Zamora Chinchipe, Amazonas, Ecuador […]
Soursop grows on a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree in the rain forests of Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia and is a common food there. And here in Ecuador at the edge of the amazonas basin in our organic tropical farm PermaTree. Its scientific name is Annona muricata. Also known as Graviola, Custard Apple, Sauersack, Guanabana […]
Tropical Permaculture Here we have a A-typical climate at PermaTree at the edge of the amazonas region in Ecuador. Most of the year too much rain. Too much water. Lots of issue with erosion and high difficulty of access with very steep hills. Access path with Vetiver and Arachis Pintoi So to improve this we […]
Experiment: Bamboo Vegetative Method Reproduction Bamboos can be propagated either by reproductive method or vegetative method. Reproductive method involves the production of new bamboo plants through seeds while the vegetative method makes use of vegetative parts such as rhizomes, culms and branches. Giant bamboo = Dendrocalamus giganteus, also known as dragon bamboo or one of several […]
We produce Cacao Fino de Aroma At PermaTree we produce Cacao Fino de Aroma. Fruity and flowery aromas and flavour with nutty malt notes. This is the characteristic flavour of Cacao Fino de Aroma that distinguishes it from other cocoas in the world. The Fino de Aroma denomination is an International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)* classification, […]
We planted our very first Turmeric the 5th of February 2018 at the farm. Usually it takes 7 to 10 months from planting to harvest. So we should be able to harvest soon June/July 2018. The Scientific name of Turmeric is “Curcuma Longa” . It is also known as “Curcuma Domestica” and is popularly known as “Haldi” […]
Written by Matthew Livingston and originally published at the mattliving.com blog – DISCLAIMER: These are my thoughts and experiences on what can be a deeply cultural, charged and personal topic: diet. There is a lot we don’t know, especially when it comes to what a sustainable diet is. For one, most studies have been centred in […]
Written by Sam Kenworthy and originally published at the Porvenir Design blog. Every project starts with a goal in mind. Regardless of scale or time line, the inception of a project revolves around achieving a goal of some sort. Despite how seemingly simple it is to set a goal for a project, even the best […]
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 […]
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 […]
As it stands, we have over 7 billion “little things that can make a big difference” walking around on this planet, each with the power to become a tiny tipping point of their own. Indeed, with the power to change the world. But, like Confucius said, “Those who move mountains begin by carrying away small […]
I spent four weeks at PermaTree, and my overall feeling about the experience is very positive : it was a great enlightening and rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to do : Building work : I worked on the big sized greenhouse (I helped to build the roof, the field, the tables and install the […]
Lots of ants during this season of the year at the finca PermaTree in Amazonas region of Ecuador. We have started to work with “DS” aka Diatomea which are a major group of microalgae, and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. Diatoms are unicellular, although they can form colonies in the shape of filaments […]
A few days ago we planted the first batch of Ginger & Tumeric. After having prepared the soil with a typo of tractor for poor… check out the photos for yourself. 🙂 We organized a minga (traditional communal work in the Andes) – during that day so it was quite crowded on the farm but great vibes. […]
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. […]
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 […]
Most of the +400 bamboo plants growing at PermaTree have been growing well and even better since we keep them clean from the fast growing pasture grass 🙂 For of our tropical permaculture soil improvement goal we have been implementing bamboo. Not only bamboo grass but mainly bamboo grass and vetiver grass. Both are very interesting […]
The completion of this SIP (Self Initiated Project) during August 2017 demanded many volunteer hours which, according to Yago and Btina Veith, permacultors and owners of the Yantza farm, located in the south east of Ecuador, and creators of the PermaTree.org project, is innovative. Since it combines the technique and practice of permaculture, with the […]
Amazon River Basin The Amazon rainforest of Ecuador or “El Oriente” of Ecuador is the country’s largest region. Nothing is just ordinary in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Ecuador’s Amazonian jungle, one of the country’s most thrilling destinations. At first glance, the rain forest is a vast green wilderness. However, as one observes carefully, this ecosystem is full […]
How to Make Chocolate 101 Chocolate Making in Ecuador – it’s a delicious snack that happens to have a lot of benefits. It is loaded with nutrients such as iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, zinc and selenium, it’s a good source of antioxidants, and studies show that it can help restore flexibility to the arteries […]
Tiny Bamboo House with Hexagonal Windows Step for step development of the new bamboo tiny house at PermaTree. Its a 6 x 3 meters tiny natural house. The roof is in tin the most used roof solution in the region here. The bottom structure is wood and the main house structure is 100% guadua bamboo. […]
Taking advantage of the current rainy season we have been planting some 5000 new vetiver grass seeds. Having already transplanted vetiver grass half a year earlier and seen the positive effect. We decided to plant more during the rainy season. Vetiver Technically Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) is a noninvasive perennial bunchgrass of the Poaceae family, native to […]
Sustainable living is a lifestyle on which we have strong focus at Finca PermaTree. An Overview of all on-going sustainable lifestyle elements and implementation. In first hand, at PermaTree, you can learn what sustainable lifestyle is, within a minimal ecological footprint – as our goal. To name a few sustainable ways, we’d like to start with […]
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 […]
Soil types at PermaTree In the beginning of PermaTree, we just used the soil we found around the plant nursery which has a reddish and claylike soil texture. Not ideal for the seeds to germinate, we found out. It makes them hard to thrive, because of the slow drainage rate and therefore the high water-holding […]
The latest PermaTree micro project is to build a bamboo house mainly for volunteers with an amazing view of the Rio Zamora and the Valle de las Luciernagas. The size will be 6 x 3 meters and there will be a fix hammock on the panoramic view side of the house. This is another so called […]
A week in 2017 at PermaTree So this has been an interesting week, to say the least. And on behalf of many volunteers and visitors asking what we do here at PermaTree and how a week of tropical farm work looks like, here the summary of the last week of March of the year 2017. […]
After more than 4 month of preparations and planning, this week we have been transplanting about almost 1000 guanábana tropical fruit trees. The plants seem to really like this climate and the geology of step hills here. Wikipedia: It’s tolerant of poor soil and prefers lowland areas between the altitudes of 0 metres to 1200 metres. […]
After having almost 95% finished the construction of our current PermaTree HQ bamboo house, we started with the next natural building project. Within 3 month we started living in our bamboo house so we improved step by step the construction. The first few month where a bit rough because we had almost no walls within the […]
Tropical Fruits at finca PermaTree at the edge of the amazonas region in Ecuador, South America. We are between the warm tropical / subtropical lowlands and the cool sierra region. We are growing a extreme diverse mix of common tropical fruit with native species to Ecuador and Latin America, as well as many new varieties from the […]
The project PermaTree was mainly created because we – Btina and myself – wanted to eat healthy tasty food in our future. We at PermaTree focus on healthy nutrition aka healthy food “diet”. Definition of diet: “A selection of nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, in order to maintain life and growth.” It’s […]
2017 long-term Permaculture volunteering positions available at the PermaTree Project in southern Ecuador. Spend 3 or 6 months to a year at the PermaTree Project, in Ecuador. Current open volunteer positions are: All-round volunteer Talented Paint/Artist volunteer Talented Author/Blogger volunteer Experienced Compost volunteer Talented Carpenter volunteer Talented Video & Photography volunteer Experienced natural swimming pool […]
Driving a vehicle you know you have to change your tires every 2-3 years depending on how much distance you have been driving. Now what happens to the used tires? Here in the Amazonas region of Ecuador not so long ago they where just dumped into the biggest river … Also most of the tires […]
Hands On Experience: How To Make A Shishi Odoshi Fountain In Your Garden or Home Shishi Odoshi, ”Deer Scarer” in Japanese is a beautiful artcraft designed straight from bamboo and a bit of rope or string depending on what you prefer. How Does It Work? During the rest period, the heavy end of the […]
Making Raw Energy Bars & Why We Should Eat More Raw Foods Today we would like to share a new recipe with you, which is very simple to make and does not require any baking or cooking. These raw energy bars are the perfect snack on the go, providing you with a combination of complex […]
It is the end of the week again, and we are sited down commemorating the success of the last seven days work. Photo Update: Video Update: 4×4 going down! What Did We Do? Brainstorming Ideas For Next Week Tire Recycling Project. (Saturday, 3rd December) With lots of plastic around the world being dumped on to […]
”Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” – Khalil Gibran It is the end of the week again, and we are sitted down commemorating the success of the last seven days work. What Did We Do? Repair The Water System Yesterday afternoon, a water pipe started leaking, and […]
If you also embrace diversity and a healthy living then you might be interested into the so called tropical fruits or exotic fruits of this planet. Here in Ecuador the different micro-climates provide a fantastic environment for most of the tropical fruits, to grow very well. Our goal with finca PermaTree here within the amazon […]
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
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 […]
Time is flying by. Now it’s already again August. Exactly 2 years ago back in 2014 we left Zurich Switzerland with the plane to São Paulo in Brazil to officially start our exploration journey of latin America. First Paraguay then Bolivia after that Colombia and finally Ecuador. Much has happened since then. Even more happened now in […]
The building chronology of the PermaTree bamboo cabana in the amazonas region of Ecuador in South America. Harvesting, Transporting, Planning, Building … All photos in chronological order: Harvesting bamboo during good moon – means during the 6th and 8th day after full moon, between 12pm and 6am = lowest starch content! Transporting – After the […]
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 […]
Control of Your Ingredients If you make your own soap, you have direct control of what kind of ingredients you like to have in it! In today’s commercial soap, there are many chemicals used, which causes skin irritation or even cancer! Industries find their way through, to make even more profit out of a cheap, […]
The amazing landscape view from PermaTree temporal HQ-cabana where we can see the Zamora river which later enters the great Amazonas river. One of the many waterfalls which we discovered within the PermaTree property more than 1 hour walk 🙂 The Chontaduro Palm tree (Bactris gasipaes) is endemic to the region of Zamora Chinchipe […]
Take the chance and visit us! A Volunteer abroad opportunity at Finca PermaTree located in the South Ecuador between the Amazon basin and Andes mountain range. We’re just starting to build the house and the farm with Permaculture principles. Be involved within the very first steps, like building the main bamboo house and starting with […]
After a literally long and intense exploration and research during more than 600 days (2 years)! Which we started in Paraguay back in 2014 and then went to Bolivia. From there to Colombia where we finally decided to explore Ecuador. We are very proud and happy and thankful to announce that we finally found […]
In Latin America, I continuously struggle with bacteria’s. While traveling now almost two years, I mostly struggled with amoebas – the bad ones! The thing is, here, the water is often contaminated mostly of cows poo or other fecal sources. Local people often told me, that the tap water is drinkable but in fact, it’s […]
Nature: Flora and Fauna of Ecuador. Threats from modernization. Permaculture movement and communities. Permaculture Farms in Ecuador. Seed Savers Network of Ecuador
Yesterday we visited the “RESCATE ANIMAL CUENCA” A Non-Profit Organization located in the colonial center of Cuenca. We now are proud daddies to two adopted local abandoned and rescued street dogs from Cuenca. Very long travel yesterday for the dogs and us from Cuenca to El Pangui but now the dogs are well and happy […]
We have been exploring for over 2 years many properties in Latinamerica. The following have been the most reliable tools so far. Sometimes no Internet/3G (no coverage or too much demand). No GPS-Satellite (too many trees in the jungle). No Electricity to reload the batteries 🙂 It has been a real challenge to find good […]
Arriving in El Pangui canton Zamora Chinchipe we have lost no time and started right away with a plant nursery (A nursery is a place where plants are propagated and grown to usable size). Our food forest plant-wish-list is growing (see the list below. Currently about 147 different names… Most of them are of course […]
It’s time for us to start thinking about how we want to build our own house in the tropics. We did some extensive research during the last 2 years – but knowing where we are going to stay makes it a step easier.
Our journey exploring for a suited property for the PermaTree-project has taken us traveling in Central and Latin America. It has been quite a trip so far. The more we travel, the more we have been learning. The better we have been able to focus on what we believe will be we need to be […]
We have been asked so many times by family, friends and acquaintances what this so called “Permaculture” now means. A few had heard it has something to do with gardening. Or how to raise a flower bed … So we decided to explain it the most simple way via a video so it’s slightly easier […]
After exploring for almost 90 days Colombia it was time for us to move on. The retro perspective about Colombia will follow a little later for those who wish to read about our experiences and findings there. Now we started to explore Ecuador. Which is about 4 to 5 times the size of Switzerland (47000 […]
Social Tribes – We believe that to live in balance with ecology, it is ALSO very important to live in balance with our fellow human beings. What’s good for the tribe is good for everyone. A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. […]
After, the fresh high mountains and the hot Amazonian region of Bolivia, we decided to fly over to Colombia on August 12th 2015, where the climate is more stable, over the whole year. What we’re actually looking for, after Bolivia. For a bigger view; click on the top icon right hand. Bogotá Big city of […]
Our goal with PermaTree is, to start our own self-sufficient, cooperative, eco farm, hostel and co-working, co-living space, nature reserve, eco-tourism, reforestation with the aid of the brilliant permaculture principles. We plan to build natural buildings with adobe, bamboo or whatever makes sense depending where we finally settle. And to work with locals as well […]