“Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.
It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”
– Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way
Following a conscious design that allows for the integration of agriculture, water, animals, housing, education, small businesses, waste recycling and landscaping in the natural jungle environment, Harmonia is based upon the principles of permaculture, promoting social and environmental responsibility, good health, knowledge and abundance for the individual and the greater environment.
One of the reasons for procuring large amounts of land is to preserve the forest and natural ecosystems while providing food, water and shelter for the community. The more land, the easier it is to develop the roads and trails as natural extensions of the forest. We want to procure our own bulldozer is to limit the impact of the machines in the forest. If a flock of birds nests at 7:30 and 4:00 p.m., we need to make sure their patterns are not disrupted. The same with the monkeys and all of the other forest creatures. Renting equipment and drivers and surrendering control of the timeline would make it much more difficult to respect the natural flow of the forest.
We are fortunate to have an ojo de agua (spring) near the top of the hill. When we develop the water retainment system (that will use lake water for agriculture), we will be careful to not disturb the natural ongoing flow of water or it could affect several eco-systems along the path.
Potable water will be used for fountains, sink faucets and showers. Non-potable filtered graywater or collected rainwater will be used for irrigation and toilet flushing. The majority of toilets will be no-water, composting toilets. All showers will have solar hot water heaters.
Detergents, shampoos and soaps used on the property must be biodegradable. All trash will be separated for recycling. Tetra packs (cartons and juice boxes) are not permitted.