Our Permaculture Centre, together with our constantly changing and developing gardens, aims to form a vibrant eco-community. The centre is located 35 km north of Lublin, near the Kozlowiecki Forest (Lasy Kozłowieckie) and the Firlej and Kunów lakes.
After 20 years of experience with the previous permaculture community (Pryszczowa Góra), we moved in 2017 to a beautiful new environment. We plan to create an educational Permaculture Centre here, to allow for more guests and volunteers all of whom are welcome.
The farm is spread over an area 10 ha wide and 4.5 ha in length. The farm consists of a mixed forest area with a predominance of oak and pine trees, meadows, an alder park, cultivated fields, and an area for a permaculture garden. Below, you will find a map that shows these areas together with existing elements and a plan for our preliminary ideas for development.
We currently live in a wooden house, but we plan to expand the dwelling to allow for guests and additional residents. This growing community will make use of alternative building materials that are eco-friendly, together with other natural technologies, with the buildings forming organic shapes. We also plan to build greenhouses, walipini (an earth-sheltered cold frame), tree houses, community houses and workshops, saunas, a natural swimming pond, additional composting toilets, solar showers and other installations based on passive green energy sources.
Last year, we started transforming an 80-acre field into a permaculture garden, which will be organic and operated without ploughing or digging, using previous experience of running a garden that had not been dug for 20 years. We also plan to design and plant a forest garden on an area covering about 80 acres. Currently, we are heading towards polyculture systems focused on the greatest possible biodiversity that will bring abundant, high yield efficiency. We are working on this in cooperation with IUNG (the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation) from Puławy.
When we plan and undertake a large scale project with the permaculture philosophy, we always face the question: machines or people? We value and focus on people; we experiment and use intelligent solutions to make work more efficient.
It is very crucial for our community to collect and harvest our own seeds, cultivate well-known and lesser-known herbs and so-called super-foods. We process the crops to make our own cosmetics and extracts. We also use natural ingredients in treatments, we maintain a healthy lifestyle, and we build eco-friendly buildings with emphasis on the value of passive energy. We have an ethos of happy simple life, working in harmony with nature.
Our diet (vegetarianism, almost veganism) is mostly based on local products and is very diverse. We mix the crops with different herbs, interesting fruits, and many varieties of well-known and lesser-known or less popular types of vegetables. Nevertheless, we are particularly interested in cultivating different types of salads: lettuces, kale, mustard lettuce, tatsoi, mizuna, etc.
Monika Podsiadła – a pioneer of permaculture in Poland, initiator of Permaculture Gardens, and a gardener. She now concentrates on the practice and teaching of permaculture. She seeks for harmonious, practical and simple solutions compatible with nature. A co-author of the first permaculture book in Poland, entitled: “Permaculture Gardens. Touch the Earth.” She has been supporting Polish Alternative Societies for many years now, cooperating with Global Ecovillage Network other organizations involved with ecovillages and permaculture.
Monika takes part in international conferences and meetings, and has participated in several European projects on the subject of permaculture and ecovillage issues. She has also recently participated in debates and meetings regarding permaculture, organic farming and food sovereignty in Poland. Monika is an initiator and organiser of the KooPermatywy Festival.
The purpose of our activities is to propagate permaculture, greater independence, healthy lifestyles, natural and practical methods of cultivating the land, vegetarianism, ethics, heartfelt relation to Nature, animals and the people around us.
Permaculture as a “permanent culture” is aimed at returning to living in cooperation with nature in order to create healthy, prosperous ecosystems and preserve biodiversity. It strives for optimal self-sufficiency as well as taking full responsibility for the immediate surroundings, environment and people. That is why it is so important to spread permaculture knowledge. We would like to share this knowledge which is backed up by our many years of experience and enthusiasm, so that more beautiful and healthy gardens, farms will appear in our countryside.
We also promote methods of inexpensive construction from eco-friendly materials (e.g. wood, straw, clay, earth and others) and the use of alternative, renewable energy sources. You can see examples of such buildings and installations at our Permaculture Centre.
Every year we organize many events related to permaculture and ecovillages: workshops, meetings, we accept and invite volunteers to join us. We invite people who would like to spend their time in an active way as we also want people to spend their time at our centre for rest, relaxation, learning, to see and learn simple technological solutions, to be able to fully feel the essence of our place, and our ideas. We invite people to talk about health, to see how we can live and work in a permaculture habitat that strives for self-sufficiency.
We cooperate with, among others, IUNG from Puławy (the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation), Wegeguru from Warsaw, GEN Europe (Global Ecovillage Network Europe), BEN (Baltic Ecovillage Network), EUL (Ecological Folk Uniersity) and several national permaculture networks from Europe.
If you are interested in learning the permacultural ways of planting, if you are passionate about ecology issues, food self-sufficiency, and you care about nature, our Earth and you share the permacultural ideals and you are willing to share your creativity, time and effort to work at our project – Please, feel free to join us!