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  OUR DESIGN

We will start small, step by step and cooperate with nature. To ensure the quality and sustainability of the design, we will also involve a local landscaper who is specialized in permaculture design and will guide us along the way. 

At The New Wild there are already beautiful pine trees, strawberry trees, fig trees and lots of cork oaks. In total we have 20 hectares to regenerate by planting thousands of trees. We will start close to the farmstay in the middle of the plot and from there we continue to expand. 

Our first priority is to regenerate the soil by creating a water retention landscape with several lakes and ponds. The next step is to emulate the natural cycles of a forest such as using fallen leaves, chop and drop biomass trees, adding composting systems and introducing animals to feed the soil and create a self-sustainable environment.

Our grand plan for the design is to plant thousands of native trees. Cork oaks, strawberry trees, olives, figs, stone pines, chestnuts, carob trees and things of that nature which should thrive and grow easily here. They will form the framework for creating everything else. The natives species provide us with shelter from the wind, gives us fruits and also nest sites for the birds which are a really important player in the management of the garden.

Within this framework we will also plant a great variety of fruits trees like apples, pears, peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums. Different kind of nut trees like almonds, walnut, pecan, hazelnut and so on. Below that you find a layer of (medicinal) herbs, root crops, berries, and we will use vines like grapes, passionfruit, kiwifruit which kind of bind the forest together. 

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ELEMENTS

Other elements to be realized on the land:

  • A network of lakes, ponds and swales for water catchment: 'slow it, spread it and sink it';

  • Many more water systems because water is the basis of life, especially in a mediterranean climate with long dry summers;

  • A greenhouse dome including a nursery to propagate plants and trees; 

  • Introducing animals to the system as 'supporters' to regenerate the land. Starting with chickens, bees and the rotational grazing horses of the neighbor; 

  • Later we can add pigs, ducks and sheep; 

  • Multiple composting systems; 

  • Windbreaks, hedgerows and also shelters for birds 

  • Inoculating logs with mushroom spores for edible mushrooms;

  • A shed;

  • And so much more...

ABUNDANCE

There will be a surplus of yield/abundance coming from the land:

As we won't be able to consume this surplus only at The New Wild, we would like to cooperate with local initiatives to support the community. Our first thoughts are:

  • Partnerships with local restaurants and other entrepreneurs;

  • Selling fruits, nuts, veggies, honey, eggs and mushrooms to the local farmer's market;

  • Weekly boxes for families to pick by the kilo;

  • Free boxes for participants of our community garden (every Friday); 

  • Bringing the products to local cooperative Onda Natural for local currency points;

  • Olives to the olive press for high quality oil;
  • Medronhos (strawberry tree) to the local distillery for 'fire water'; 

  • Cork, timber, firewood and wildflowers for endless purposes...

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