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Patos Suertudos is a family farm in Costa Rica practicing Permaculture. Our intention is to harmonize with nature to transition degraded land into “gardens of Eden”.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― R. Buckminster Fuller

Situated near Panama in the area of  San Vito, Coto Brus, Costa Rica.

As can be seen at Patos Suertodos, we learn by doing. Significantly, we employ a wide variety of Permaculture techniques in daily life.

Here you will find examples in practice:

  • Zone design planning
  • Passive solar hot water systems
  • Solar electric energy
  • Cooking in a simple wood-fired earth rocket kitchen
  • Solar cooking, parabola
  • Composting
  • Vermicomposting, wormbin
  • Mulching
  • Germinating bed and green house
  • Hugelkulture
  • Keyhole garden bed
  • Humanure composting system
  • Herb spiral garden
  • Herb tea gardens
  • Kitchen gardens
  • Medicinal plants and preparation
  • Companion planting and biodiversity in space and time
  • Grey-water systems
  • Natural Building with bamboo and earth
  • Design for local climate
  • Designing to ensure safety and soil sustainability over time
  • Trail design and building on slopes to prevent erosion
  • Vetiver grass and and other plants for erosion control and filtering water
  • Food Forestry- planting for future, shading out pasture, limiting pastures for sustainable livestock production and erosion prevention
  • Wood-forests for construction wood and cooking
  • Bicycling as primary mode of transportation
  • Documentaries and discussions about our roles in healing ourselves and the planet
  • Moon phases garden planning
  • Seed and plant banking, saving, and sharing
  • Biochar production as byproduct of cooking, used for soil enhancement
  • Local food production- sustainable food system
  • Spring water and water supply backup systems
  • Partnering with locals promoting permaculture and sustainable practices
  • Volunteer Cross-Pollination Program

More than 125 volunteers from 26 countries  with a handful of local hired workers helped create the Patos Suertudos Permaculture Demonstration Site. After six years of design and development, the Patos Suertudos Permaculture Education Program will open in 2018.

We’re not alone. A world-wide permaculture movement is emerging from the ground up.  

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You can find more than 300 blog posts of the project evolution at First Five Years Blog to be continued and amplified here.

Learn More about following the ethics and principles of Permaculture with this  free booklet from David Holmgren, one of the founders of the movement:

Essence of Permaculture free download

Stay tuned!

David constructing a solar cooking system that will stay hot for up to three days on one day of sun.
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