Back in 2016 the conventional agriculture was based on a lot of energy and on average a Swiss farmer used 1500 liters of crude oil per hectare a year. On the one hand the oil was used in form of Diesel for the vehicles, machines and other transport but on the other hand also a lot of energy was wasted in the buildings, fertilizers and plant protection. Without crude oil the whole system would have collapsed.
In the generation house, the ecosystem plays a big role and the people living there are mainly self-sufficient which means they grow their own vegetable, herbs, fruits or grains and do not use as much crude oil anymore. In our society today, people developed an understand and caring about the nature, wildlife and other people in the society.
The self-sufficient approach is based on Permaculture, which actually means “permanent agriculture” and it describes the aim of helping to steadily sustain necessities of life in all of the fields of ecological, social and economic ones. It is about the planning, observing and it takes a lot of knowledge, dedicated people and creativity to know how to reduce oil usage in agriculture to go away from the “yield as much possible”-approach to the caring approach.
We thrive for healthy and energy efficient living conditions and therefore permaculture is a system where every plant, animal, water source and other ecosystem is part of e bigger system that help to efficiently provide the necessities of life for the habitat. On the same time the backyard where the system is set up, should keep its soil fertility and diversity of nature and even develop it.
In order for our permaculture to be in tact we use a small land usage in the backyard, we use only local plants and animals. We have multifunctional approaches for example our sheep mows and fertilizes the fields, provides milk, meat and cotton.
The philosophy is rather working with the nature than against it. Our people have an approach of thoughtful observation rather than thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than demanding constantly yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.
Permaculture is based on the three ethical fundamentals:
- Care for the earth
- Care for the people
- Share equally and limit yourself