Report on Dyfed Permaculture Trust Farm Walk, July 14th

A View of the Farm vegetable garden

Permaculture, has been something of a closed book to me in the past, and I suspect the same applies for some of you. As such, I was very pleased to have the opportunity of attending this month’s farm walk at the Dyfed Permaculture Trust’s Farm in Penboyr. The Trust exists to demonstrate how permaculture can work, to gather research on the effectiveness of this style of land management, and to provide education for those interested in the subject.

The farm’s small herd of shetland and hebridean sheep

For those in much the same boat as me, my understanding is that permaculture design uses nature, and mimics natural systems to help us achieve our goals.A simple example might be: compost heaps produce heat. Germinating seeds need heat. Therefore, put germinating seeds on top of the compost heap to keep them warm. This might already be perfectly obvious to you, but it’s this kind of thought process that seems to be the crux of permaculture design.

Phil Teaching us about the basics of permaculture
Phil Teaching us about the basics of permaculture

Unfortunately, the turnout on the day wasn’t great, but our hosts Phil & Michelle, made us all very welcome with tea and cake, and were only too happy to answer a wide variety of questions on their methodology.

All in all, the walk was a fascinating insight into a different way of looking at farming. The emphasis on thinking and designing systems to gain the most from the land with the minimum amount of input has really made me think, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will affect my own land management in the future.IMG_0228

If you want to find out more about Dyfed permaculture Farm Trust, or permaculture in general, then click on the links below