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George Heibel defining permaculture in his community seminar "Reflections on Advanced Agriculture Techniques in Guatemala". In his experience, ancient local knowledge was even more advanced than the imported concept of permaculture.

Highland Park resident George Heibel presents a community seminar in collaboration with the Raíces EcoCulture program on advanced agriculture techniques he learned about on an exchange trip to Guatemala.

The garden beds at Tainasoy Apiario are raised beds with irrigation ditches fed by a rainwater catchment system. The beds are made on contour for soil stability and to help prevent erosion, as well as for water management. These beds are for annual…

Noemi Chaparro, one of the farm owners at Tainasoy, and Mario Antunez, one of the key crew members of the earthship build at Tainasoy and member of Colectivo Verdolaga which partnered with Tainasoy to plan and construct the earthship.

Mario Antunez, member of Colectivo Verdolaga, who is on site at Tainasoy Apiario working on the first earthship build in Puerto Rico.

Noemi Chaparro, one of the farm owners at Tainasoy, gave a tour of the land, including the site where the first earthship construction in Puerto Rico would be begin to be built in the coming months.

This hillside is filled with fruit like banana, plantain, pineapple and papaya. Beyond the food forest, at the bottom of the slope, is the first site of the first earthship construction site in Puerto Rico.

Stopping to smell the flowers on a tour of the permaculture gardens of Plenitud PR’s farm.

A flower in the ginger family in bloom at the top of a 10’+ stalk.

A flower in the ginger family in bloom in the permaculture gardens at Plenitud PR in Las Marías, Puerto Rico.

Tobias Knight, a visitor to Plenitud PR during a service learning exchange with St. Thomas University’s VISIONS program. This is the first time Tobias saw or tried eating a starfruit.

A variety of bamboo cultivated by Plenitud specifically to help stabilize the soil with its deep root systems as well as help control and absorb runoff during storms.

Plenitud PR is an organic farm based on permaculture principles and techniques. Through a variety of growing and sustainability practices, including creating a food forest, rainwater harvesting, greenhouse production, terraced farming, raised beds,…

When looking out over the food forest on Plenitud’s mountainside, you can see across to the tents at the campsite above the food forest.

Flower in bloom in Plenitud PR’s permaculture gardens.

Starfruit ready to harvest just three months after Hurricane María devastated the island of Puerto Rico. The renewal and resiliency of nature is amazing.

Pathway through two mountainside terraced garden beds. The terraced beds are planted on counter and designed to help control the flow and absorption of water from rainfall. Because of the terraforming and water management techniques that Plenitud…

Service learning program participant Sunita Dharod from St. Thomas University’s VISIONS program weeding the garden beds in the greenhouse at Plenitud.

Service learning program participants Darian Kolb, Sunita Dharod and Mackenna Crisally from St. Thomas University’s VISIONS program gaining hands on experience by volunteering in the garden as they learn about permaculture and agroecology principles.

Permaculture planting principles promote biodiversity of plants and animals in order to nourish and support the regeneration and building of the soil instead of the depletion and erosion of soil that happens in monocropped, industrial agriculture…

While working in the greenhouse at Plenitud, resident Rebekah Sánchez and intern Bri Treppeda take a moment to show their friendship and affection.

Rebekah Sánchez, a resident and team member at Plenitud PR, harvesting purslane from the greenhouse garden bed. Purslane is often thought to be a weed, but when allowed to grow and harvested for food, it is an extremely nutritious and delicious…

Christina Proxenos, a volunteer with Raíces Cultural Center who came on our January 2018 relief support trip to Puerto Rico, harvesting purslane from the Plenitud PR greenhouse to include in the day’s lunch salad.

Service learning program participant Duncan Anderson from St. Thomas University’s VISIONS program watering seedlings in the greenhouse at Plenitud.
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