[permaculture] Marsha from Brazil joins list...
hanzibra at svn.com.br
Wed Sep 11 12:57:31 EDT 2002
Some of us have met in the former list. I am Marsha Hanzi, from the Bahian Permaculture Institute in northeast Brazil.
I got into Permaculture from an organic agriculture door, and we presently dedicate a good part of our time to farms and ranches, the most vibrant project at the moment being a drylands polyculture project in the interior of the State of Bahia, where I live. It has now reached some 500 small farmer families.
. (You can se an extensive article about it at www.bothends.org under the "Encyclopedia of sustainability"
under "Polycultures in the Brazilian drylands"...)
I have bought 23 acres ( 7 hectares) of highly degraded land in a beautiful valley to implant an experimental center for dryland living. A very small-scale ( maybe 3-7 people), basically an extended family, where students, trainees, artists, etc. can come to develop experiments of the various aspects of dryland living ( agriculture, essences, architecture, cisterns,energy techniques, music etc.)
I am a transplanted American, here for 25 years (left with the Peace Corps, never came back). After a marvellous trip through Oregon-California, across the desert into Phoenix last May ( where I ALMOST met some of you and DID meet Khalil Nader)I would like to re-build this bridge ( Brazil-USA), and also accompany the general tendencies of the international Permaculture movements.
I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the contributions which are made on this list, it is a real privilege to have access to so much knowhow.
Instituto de Permacultura da Bahia
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