We support three non-profit permaculture projects with donations
Experimental Cultivation Rudolfshausen Castle
In the ecological experimental cultivation centre Schloss Rudolfshausen, created in the fall of 2018, experiments are being conducted on the basis of Holzer's permaculture concept and the expanded project "Permaculture Fruit Forest Garden" on how these methods can be applied in a castle garden in such a way that a harmonious symbiosis is created, in which nature is granted a broad space and yet the character of a castle garden is preserved.
The project is under the direction of Alexandra Walterskirchen, who has a penchant for experimentation as well as a great love for plants and nature. The project is about reintroducing old, almost extinct plant varieties, fruit trees, berry bushes, etc., about ideal locations where plants feel particularly comfortable and thrive especially well, about plants and cultivation options for year-round self-sufficiency, about creating a self-sufficient and healthy flora that relieves the gardener, and much more.
Fruit forest garden in Sri Lanka
The permaculture project "Fruit Forest Garden" in Sri Lanka was launched by Benjamin Schreyer and his Sinhalese wife Anusha. The main plot was bought in 2008 when Benjamin decided to emigrate permanently to Sri Lanka and live here as a self-supporter. Initially, a tropical fruit direct shipping business with small farmers to Germany was established, and soon after Benjamin experimented with growing tropical fruits according to permaculture principles.
In 2020, the idea developed to plant a larger fruit forest garden as a "reforestation project" for a neighbouring property. The property was regularly affected by wildfires, almost all of the trees had been felled, and there was severe soil erosion to some extent. Invasive grass had taken over the entire hillside, crowded out native wild herbs and posed a tremendous fire hazard in the summer. The project then started in 2022 with the purchase of a 3-hectare subdivision. The target is to create a colourful mixed fruit forest garden according to permaculture principles with about 300 different varieties of fruit, spices, medicinal plants, but also other rare trees that are used for Ayurvedic purposes or Singhalese medicine, among other things.
The barren grassland is thus transformed into a harvest forest whose fruits serve as food for future generations while preserving biodiversity. As part of a self-sustaining community, a future model for a permaculture way of life and living is also being experimented with, where humans are part of the fruit forest garden and live in harmony with it. The project is in phase-1 and has been funded by Admacum e.V. since 2023.
Fridays for Gardening
The new project "Fridays for Gardening … in a World of Permaculture" (created in September 2019) convinces us with its philosophy of the future, which deals with the most important thing that concerns all people on this earth equally: their daily nutrition and the production of the food required for it. In order to ensure people’s basic food supply, we need future-oriented agriculture (or future-oriented gardening, with which people can supply themselves). The magic word here is: Permaculture cultivation.
To provide people with all the necessary data, know-how and practical instructions, Fridays for Gardening offers a permaculture network in which all permaculture enthusiasts can participate free of charge. Instead of "Fridays for Future", the hands-on farming and gardening project is called "Fridays for Gardening", because Fridays, when school and work come to an end, are the ideal time for gardening.