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How to start a Permaculture farm, the Sri Lankan way.

We recently bought a piece of farm land in Komari, Pottuvil and decided it would be a great idea to keep you guys up to date on the process and give some insight as to how we are going about it. Here is a list of the 5 elements you simply cannot go without when thinking of starting your own Permaculture farm.


Firstly, you need land.

This one seems pretty obvious... But, by land we mean soil. By soil we mean foundation. We recently bought a plot of farm land in Komari, Pottuvil. A place of incredible beauty, surrounded by an awe-inspiring coastline, riddled with fruit trees, lagoons, wildlife and surf breaks. We began by clearing the land of rocks and unwanted vegetation to prepare for planting and building the very first farm-house.


Secondly, you need water.

Water is the bearer of life. Without water, plants won’t grow and we wouldn’t have oxygen to breathe. Luckily for us, our farm has a natural underground water supply and we have built a well to retrieve it and water our food producing plants with. Yesterday, we raised the water tower. Testament to our readiness to grow and harbor life.


Thirdly, you need plants and trees.

Our first trees were planted during an opening ceremony. Carrying in all gear by hand, we planted our first trees at exactly 10:48am on the Summer Solstice. This time carries special significance in our culture and we maintain the ancient tradition with happy hearts, knowing that we have done what we can to ensure success and prosperity.


Next, you need a farmer.

Unless you are a farmer already, you will know that farming is not as easy as it may seem. There is an intrinsic relationship between soil, plant and water. Understanding this connection requires years of experience and work in the field. Fortunately for us, we have Mr Sunil.

Mr Sunil’s credentials speak for themselves. Previously the head of agricultural training for our province, Mr Sunil has also planned, planted and maintained The American International School’s gardens in Saudi Arabia and is a driving force behind government initiatives aimed at training small scale farmers on best practices and techniques to boost food quality and quantity. We are very lucky to have him on our side, managing our farm project.


Lastly, but certainly not least, a holistic approach.

Love your food and your food will love you. So that’s it. We’ve covered all the basics. Soil, Water, Plants, a Farmer and a holistic approach will be the elements which will ensure your new farm is a big success, producing nourishing food for you and everyone else. We wish you luck and if there is anything you need help with, don’t hesitate to visit our farm and have a chat to Mr Sunil in person.

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