Perched on a remote mountainside, in one corner of an ecological refuge, close to Podocarpus National Park, is our little homestead. We’re a one hour steep hike or horse ride, from the nearest road. This keeps us humble, and gives us the opportunity to connect with the land in a more profound way.
The way we grow our food and craft our medicinal products is as radical as our lifestyle. Instead of neatly rowed gardens, and the constant war against nature that this paradigm promotes, we follow the principles of ecology. Biodiversity, with an abundance of native and domestic species, is key within our systems. Thriving ecosystems can be dynamic, while also maintaining a balance that doesn’t threaten our harvests the way it does with conventional, even organic methods. Because of our Ecology-Inspired philosophy, and thanks to the balance it creates, we don’t apply any pesticides, not even organic ones.
Ecology Inspired Landscaping combines science and personal observation, in order to design and implement productive and biodiverse systems that are low cost and easy to manage.
For the first years on this land, the only thing we were growing was in the dirt. The land had been severely degraded. For decades, the area had suffered from burning and tilling, exposing soil and nutrients that the tropical storms washed away. Our aim was to stop this process, and reverse it. We began a tradition of putting carbon into the soil rather than the air, of nurturing ecological succession rather than fighting it… and the results have been magical. Without the need for any external fertilizers, we’re making great progress in reviving the land.
Now, the land is beginning to return the love that we’ve been giving it. We are honored to take the fruits of our earth-healing, and through ancestral alchemy, make products that are meant to heal others, to regenerate the damages done to our fellow humans, and the animals they love.
I’m a mother, an animal lover, a Certified Permaculture Designer, herbalist, and writer. My passions include crafting botanical concoctions, hiking, baking, soap making, and learning more about the beautiful native plants that grow here.
You can read my musings about nourishing foods, healing herbs, natural living, & holistic mothering on my blog: mamalibelula.com