It was a true joy to see it again. Years and years of effort to rehabilitate what once was just an abandoned track of land. The stacking in space and time, the building of resources to enhance succession, the diversity, it is all there on this special slice of land at Terra Alta, Sintra, Portugal. Its former state was simply being completely covered by blackberries with few trees on it. Now its a thriving jungle of food that has produced a lot over the years and now as the trees mature, its more the fruits that are the reward.
I stewarded this space from 2012 to 2016 and was the main architect of its development. I worked hand in hand with Pedro, the founder of the project, and many a volunteers and students and other permaculture professionals along the way. It is a joy to come back to such a spot. Now the need for soil building operations has lessened and less maintenance needs other than pruning. However Pedro and his cohorts continue to develop it and enhance its beauty and functionality!
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