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Hi everyone. We're building an off-grid resort for budget travellers next to a beach in Northern Indonesia (central Sulawesi, more precisely). Our plot is 8000m2, we'll be powered by the sun, finding our own water solutions, composting our poo, and growing as much of our own food as we can. It's a lovely spot. Around  80m x80m is set aside for our agricultural pursuits. This land is gently sloping, dominated by a huge wild mango tree on one side and a big tamarind tree on the other. Light is dappled throughout, and soil seems deep if slightly clay-y (adjective for clay soil anyone?). Irrigation shouldn't be a problem as we have grey water recycling and we're pretty clued up on that side of things. Climate is very hot, rain is sporadic, and we're on the coast so that may have an impact. The native trees are thriving though. We have coconuts and limes and guava and all sorts. Ok, so that's our site. I want to maximise the amount of edible stuff the land produces, Ive watched lots of videos and read a few books, but I thought I'd turn to you guys for advice. Thoughts on design, layout, core principles, potential crops, animals.... We're really at the stage where we're taking advice from anyone kind enough to dispense it. We will have volunteers arriving soon, some of whom know a thing or two about permaculture, but we'd very much appreciate your thoughts on how to approach such a piece of land. Many thanks.
 
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Hey Ian, sounds fantastic.  Do you have a site map you can share along with some pictures?
 
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Do you have a list of additional plants you'd like to add and are there some foods that you want to maximize production of, or would like suggestions?
 
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