Monthly Rainfall. Castelo Branco, Juncal do Campo. 2020

Monthly rainfall taken from a Bresser Weather monitor in Lameiro do Velho, Castelo Branco, Portugal. Data for average monthly rainfall taken from en.climate-data.org Annual Average – 881.0mm 2020 total rainfall – 502.2mm (57% of annual average) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Historic Average 128 118 84 77 62…

Rammed Earth Cement Blocks

This technique may sound a bit strange to some, using cement blocks and earth, but we tried it and it worked. But first of all, why mix natural materials with something like cement blocks? We were making a bathroom outside of our house and wanted to use earth as much as possible, so for the…

Videos at Fazenda Tomati

Here we have a selection of videos filmed by friends at our farm, in chronological order. The first video here was filmed by two of Mati´s friends from France during their project “L´Odyssée Verte“. This video shows an overall view of the farm in its second winter since we arrived. The video is themed around…

Permaculture Farm Design – Fazenda Tomati

There are many reasons to do a Permaculture Design before starting work at a farm or garden. Putting in the hours designing your farm on paper before you start making permanent changes on the ground will save you many hours work in the future as you know that the changes you are making are permanent…

Layer Chicken Output Data – Mediterranean Region

We are in Portugal in Koppen Geiger zone CSa. Mediterranean, Hot Dry Summer. Our summer heat gets up to 40+C and winter nights down to -7C. Rain generally stops in May and starts again in October. All the data that I have previously seen regarding layer output shows high Spring and Summer rates followed by…

The Reason to use Fibre in Adobe Mixes

Today whilst plastering with Adobe onto a cement block stem wall we encountered a problem. We were aware that using fibre in an adobe mix was necessary to spread the cracks more evenly across a surface but when we started on our second mix and realised we had forgotten to add grass we stood in…

The Science behind Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture proposes the farming of perennial plants: tree based crops, thus never leaving ground exposed and creating more biomass and diversity year after year. The science behind why this is so important for the survival of our species and the health of the planet as a whole is explained in this lecture by Walter…

Rodent Proof Greenhouse

When we planted our summer seedlings this year we had some issues with mice in the greenhouse eating the larger seeds that we planted. Our pumpkin, courgette and cucumber seeds were being targeted and eaten each night so after the second time of refilling our seedling trays I decided to make a mouse-proof section of…

Hot Compost Water Heater Results

Question 1 – Can we make hot water 24/7 using renewable resources? We are experimenting with a system to heat our shower and tap water using hot compost. We have made our first compost and it has reached the desired temperatures so as we run each test we will keep the results here on the…