Kwêla: - Resthill Memory Care
Realising we must utilise our 3ha more productively, we started researching the concept of permaculture where earth and people care were already at our core. We have developed a vegetable and herb garden as well as permaculture field where our larger crops such as watermelons, butternuts, mielies, spinach, cabbages and so on are grown, using only heirloom seeds.
Not only are we able to provide fresh organic vegetables to our kitchen but to our families and staff as well.
At the heart of permaculture are three ethics which are central to every permaculture design.
1. Earth Care – provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.
Permaculture works with natural systems, rather than in competition with them. On a daily basis this includes how we grow our plants, the choices we make as consumers and how we get around. On a larger scale it is about our agricultural systems, political decisions and the protection of wild habitats.
2. People Care - provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
For most of human history the impacts of an individuals actions have been largely confined to those living in the same ecosystem. Today our actions often impact on people all over the world and often the consequences can be largely invisible. As individuals we need to look after ourselves but also do what we can to ensure that our actions to not harm others, and where possible help others to flourish.
3. Fair shares – by governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above ethics.
This ethic recognizes that the earth's resources are limited and that these resources need to be shared amongst many people in an equitable way. Designing permaculturally means ensuring that we only take our fair share of resources to ensure that not only others around the world have access to what they need but also providing for future generations.
Rainwater harvest Calculator
Rainwater harvesting is the gathering, or accumulating and storing, of rainwater for small irrigation and a way to increase ground water levels.
Calculate rainfall harvesting online by entering the roof area, and the amount of rainfall.