Scholars indicate that permaculture was born in the 1970s, being a concept based on "permanent culture", that is, the creation of sustainable, productive and balanced environments with nature. This is the first of several articles that will explore the benefits of permaculture and the projects being developed, in this context, in the Herdade Ribeira de Borba.
Permaculture is a concept that derives directly from sustainability. Briefly, it promotes a sustainable lifestyle through a method of developing ecologically efficient and productive systems that can be used anywhere and by anyone. It is the application of techniques that take advantage of the natural resources that we have, creating ways of living more efficiently and without great impact on the ecosystem.
This more sustainable way of living has positively impacted the way people and companies produce food, build homes and create communities while minimizing environmental impact. The different types of climates and cultural circumstances make permaculture a constant development, which enriches this practice.
Aware of its important role in preserving and valuing more sustainable lifestyles, Herdade Ribeira de Borba has reformulated its infrastructures, promoting a greater ecological integration between the activities that it offers and its visitors. Permaculture is an adopted concept, through the creation of vegetable plots, promoting economic and socio-environmental values. The idea is to promote the fusion of forestry techniques with traditional agricultural practices, establishing a productive and sustainable system, so that we can take more care of the land, of the people and of the future.