Hi! We are a couple who recently purchased a land in Senegal we now want to turn into a small farm to practice permaculture among other things. We have one acre available and are currently building a well. We want to create a permaculture design plan and need help! We have a few mango trees already planted but the rest of the land is empty. Can anyone help or guide us towards someone who could? We will take any advice offered! thanks!
I am sure folks here would love to pitch in, and more data would be key!
What is the climate like?
What is the property like? Terrain, slope, soil, sun, water, wind, wildlife pressure..
What sort of resources are available?
What are your most critical goals for the property?
Oodles more questions will no doubt be asked, but that is a short list to get started with..
(Also, farm name as a username is a no-no here; site rule that it must be something that sounds like a person's name. Best to change that over. We're a bit weird here, but nice, honest!)
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the climate there is tropical; hot, humid; rainy season (May to November) has strong southeast winds; dry season (December to April) . The soil is sandy on top and clay under the sand.
right now the property is as we can say under construction. There is a slope that will soon be corrected
the most critical goal is to be self-sufficient, to do market gardening, to help and teach the village around the farm to be able to quit conventional agriculture and embrace permaculture and natural ways to grow food on their own
the terrain is located in a remote area called Tassette; its pretty unoccupied except for a few villages surrounding the area. So far we have a few trees like mango and cashew trees; we are also building a well as we speak.
we also have started to build a natural fence which the local farmers did
in terms of ressources; except the human ressources, we have a bit of equipment we started to purchase lots of seeds (a bit of everything), drip irrigation system, Jang JP-1 push seeder, broad fork, seeders, equipments for apiculture
we are planning to use super adobe or nubian vault techniques to build some infrastructures on the land which is about 2 acres
in the terms of fire breaks and wind breaks we do have some cashew trees but we were advised to use filao or beefwood (?) some corn and sorghum
thats about all I can think of for now! I appreciate all the precious imput you can give us and hope to read you soon!