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Bogata Suma permaculture farm in Croatia




Barbara Scheltus - van den Berg

Barbara Scheltus - van den BergI used to live in the city (Amsterdam and Leiden, in The Netherlands) where I had edible balconies and organized guerilla gardening days to spice up the city.
I was always intrigued by growing and foraging my own food. Our patio was crammed with fruit shrubs and vegetables and I had a weblog called "Wildplukker", about food foraging in the city. One day a film crew followed me and my son on a city foraging tour, for a Dutch TV show.

I lived in urban environments until 2009, when my husband suggested to move to the countryside in Croatia.
For me that was a great opportunity to bring my theorethical permaculture knowledge into action!

In Croatia we live on 10 hectares of land which we designed as an edible, sustainable landscape. On our terrain you can find:
- a beautiful kitchen garden ("vegetable park") that produces our vegetables all year round,
- an edible fence or branches wall
- a plum orchard with net and pan system
- a forest garden
- a "food savannah" (that eventually will grow into a 2nd forest garden)
- we're setting up a polyculture nut orchard on the field
- we did some preparations for a natural greywater cleaning swim pond

On our wishlist: a compost heated glasshouse with aquaponics, a safe system to let rabbits cut the grass for us, and a rain water catchment system to water the garden in dry times.

Besides land based permaculture designs, I am also making people based designs. A design for me as a facilitator, a design to improve my Croatian language skills with the help of our community, and a design for permaculture elderly care in rural Croatia.

Relevant courses I followed:

People and Permaculture Facilitator Training (2 weeks, 2017)
Teacher: Looby Macnamara & Peter Cow
Institute: Thriving Ways, Great Brittain

Workshop restoration agriculture (1 week, 2016)
Teacher: Mark Shepard
Institute: ZMAG Vukomeric, Croatia

Permaculture Design Course (2 weeks, 2015)
Teachers: Rosemary Morrow & Tina Lymberis
Institute: Nea Guinea, Greece

Creating low maintenance Edible Landscapes The Permaculture way (2 days, 2014)
Teacher: Rakesh Rootsman Rak

Garden design course (6 months, 2012)
Institute: Het Groene Penseel (The Green Brush), The Netherlands

How to create a forest garden (5 days, 2010)
Teachers: Mark & Rakesh Rootsman Rak
Institute: Eco Village Network

Introduction to permaculture (1 day, 2008)
Teachers: Taco Blom & Ishi Crosby
Institute: Permacultuurcentrum Den Haag, The Netherlands

Barbara Scheltus with Rosemary Morrow in Greece


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- terraced garden beds
- keyhole gardens
- edible fence
chicken garden design
natural playground
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