STUDY PERMACULTURE and natural building IN LAKE ATITLAN
Atitlan Organics is located in the small Mayan village of Tzununa, which is located on the north shore of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Founded in 2010, we have focused on building and maintaining a fully-functioning, profitable, organic, permaculture farm. Today, our farm is host to an enormous amount of diversity, including dairy goats, pigs, chickens, vegetables, coffee, bees, and well over 200 useful plant species. Over the past few years, the farm has also begun to host various human activities. We now offer Intro to Permaculture Courses almost every month, as well as Natural Building Courses and Permaculture Design Certification.
OUR NEXT PDC
FROM OUR BLOG
Today we're hearing from Neal. Many of you who have been to the farm in the past several years know Neal from his role as Volunteer Manager and Permaculture Course Facilitator, but you may not know that recently he and his partners have founded their own Permaculture-based homestead and regenerative design consultation firm, Abundant Edge.
Today, we've taken a trip to the city of Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela ("shay-la"). It's an amazing place to visit, with tons of culture, amazing food, amazing markets, and lots of cool permaculture stuff going on. We're going to catch up with my friend Juan Pablo, who has a market garden here in Xela, we'll make some ginger beer, and I'll review Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz.
There are lots of different designs and schools of thought about how to house chickens, such as free-range or rotational yards. We've tried a few methods over the years, and found that deep-bedding composting chicken houses are the best system for us. Imagine: on only 2 x 2 meters you can keep 8 hens and produce over 2000 eggs and over 5 m³ of compost every year! Check out the video and blog post below for the inside scoop on chicken houses:
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