Agroecology 

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Become acquainted or reacquainted with skills that, for many of us, have become lost or forgotten.  Provision is a place to learn or remember the bases of life: the beauty of reconnecting with ourselves and the world around us with a focus on agroecological living. Learn the art of growing and preserving food, the beautiful experience of purely natural architecture and the joy of keeping livestock happy and healthy.

You already know what it is, and somewhere deep inside, you already know how to do it. It is your birthright. Our ancestors did it because they had to in order to survive. We do it by choice, because we find it beautiful, useful and in good taste!

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What is it? Whatever names we give it: sustainable living, subsistence farming, responsible use of resources, “the Good Life,” or self-sufficiency. We find it a decent response to the world as it is today. Our wish is to offer visitors a place where they may be inspired to put some lost, forgotten or new skills into practice. Current research is proving that keeping our hands busy is, literally, an anti-depressant! Here, you can find support for the steps you wish to take toward learning or remembering skills that can bring traditional quality back into your modern life.


Our goal is to bring our guests’ learning into ever widening circles: first within tailored classes, then to a hands-on project and then, ultimately, back into the life situation of each visitor.

A healthy combination of  'in classroom theory' and 'hands-on farm experience’ to maximise learning and enjoyment. 


Content examples of our self-sufficiency / agroecology classes  


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Shelter

natural and traditional building – adobe – lime – plaster – carpentry – decorative woodwork - repairing – DIY projects - heating

 Vegetables

organic gardening – sowing & planting – seeds – soil management and composting – pest control – companion planting – permaculture – herbs and uses – preserving – canning – drying - pickling

 Fruits

orchard planning – tree planting – soft fruits - pruning – preserving – wine and cider – jam’s jelly’s and chutney’s – root cellar principles

 Animals

barnyard animals; horse and donkey– cow – goat – sheep – pig – poultry – rabbit – bees: – husbandry and care – health and wellbeing – hay; scything and storage – cereals; production and uses – barns and housing – draft horse use

 animal products – milk: cheese, yoghurt, butter production – meat : butchering and preservation – optimal egg and honey harvest

 Fiber arts

sheering sheep - growing hemp – spinning – weaving – sewing - knitting – felting

 miscellaneous

sourdough bread baking – basket weaving – soap making – the compost toilet - cottage industries – herbal medicine


"Those living a traditional agrarian lifestyle represent a vast pool of human resource and capability which is being debased and denigrated at the very time in history when it represents our greatest asset in the transition to reduced energy availability.”  

David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept


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