Before we can set up on our land we have to move from our flat in Curitiba which was a slight problem since we’re in a lease contract until March 2013. Our contract allows us to terminate early but would cost the remainder of the rent. Also we’d need to sell all our furniture and there’s also an obligation to have the place fully painted, all this would total about R$3000 minus around R$700 we’d get for the furniture, oven and fridge. But luckily for us we saw some people looking at the place for rent next to us and we said to them that our place here is available if they wanted to sign over the contract – we said if they did this they could keep all the furniture, because if we can sign over the contract we don’t need to pay the penalty or get the place painted!
We needed to get a lot of tools for building our new place and putting a fence around our vegetables.
Guide to retreat on our land
Sometimes we leave the land for long periods of time and we’d like to make it available for people to do meditation retreat there while we’re away. It’s really difficult to find places that are comfortable to live but have practically no distractions. This article is intended to become a guide for living at our place since it’s off-grid and has various aspects that will be unfamiliar to those used to normal residential living. See also our daily schedule which may be useful for creating your own schedule for retreat at the land.
When living on the land it’s very important to be in tune with the cycles of nature and so we’ve created an article for each month of the year in which to document useful information such as what plants are in season, what things we should be doing and what to expect from the weather and river etc. These articles are grouped together in the Months category.
- Uses for ferns
- Ótimo site com várias plantas nativas e não nativas. Dá informações relacionadas ao formato da planta, habitat, nutrientes, uso medicinal e culinário
- About Soil aluminium content
- How to make trees with many types of fruit
- Herbário aquiléa. Botânica, história, mandinga, dicas de saúde, higiene e beleza usando plantas
- Site de plantas medicinais da USP
- Site informa e vende produtos
- Herbal smoking mixtures
“Permaculture Trio” – Forest Gardening, Edible Landscapes & Urban Permaculture
Books & Libraries
- Caminos sostenibles – huge library with topics such as: agriculture, permaculture, construction, water treatment, etc.
- Bamboo Ning – site de bambuzeiros – dicas de corte, tratamento, etc.
- Permacoletivo – huge library covering: organic gardens, agroforest, permaculture, water treatment, medicinal herbs, etc. Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English.
- Ebah – library containing academic and hands on texts and books. There’s a huge variety of topics, such as: agroforest, agroecology, herbal plants, ecotecture. In Portuguese only.
- Permear – another library
- Awesome 2000 page PDF on many different free and renewable energy designs from free-energy-info.co.uk
- Off Grid Living
- Useful resources at frugallysustainable.com
- Lots of good info from permaculture and soil to cooking and oven design
- Simple Sand Hydroponics
- How to make ethanol from compost
- Video intro by the guys from the Living Off The Grid face channel
- Fair Companies – community and access to tools on sustainable culture
- cd3wd – huge (34GB) DIY resource for 3rd world countries
- Civilization Starter Kit DVD v0.01 – by Open Source Ecology
- Some excellent natural DIY projects documented
- 14 Bright Ideas for a Better Wood Stove
- How To Start A 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead
- Jean-Martin Fortier: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming
- Ayn Rand’s Vision of Galt’s Gulch Has Become Reality As Of Today
- Costa Rica, Ginnee and Phil’s Esperanza Adventure – some other off-gridders blogging their adventure