The land has a rich agricultural history from being a sugar plantation for decades to planting everything from pineapples to cocoa, potatoes, bananas almost everything you can think of was planted on that land over many decades and all of that history has gone into the making of the soil especially the burning and decomposition of sugar cane which is rich in various minerals and many other nitrogen fixing plants. So a section of land was left to the mercy of nature to see how it would naturally evolve overtime. A very big part of Permaculture is to understand the natural environment so one could identify the positives and the negatives, the beneficial and the non-beneficial that make up the ecological system and to observe how it affects the development of the land over time.
Looking from the outside at the forested area that was left to the mercy of nature, one just sees a thick jungle canopy, a bush land but it is not until you enter the middle of that forested area, finding a nice comfy spot, sit quietly and observe, that you realize just how wonderful and powerful the natural world can be. The first thing that impressed upon me was just how alive this area was, filled with various birds and insects going about their daily business, doing what they do best. It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to your surroundings as the brain begins to identify the various plants and animal life, the patterns that exist and their inter-dependency all of which comes together to form nature.
|Two Independent natural Off the Grid Source of Water|
During the dry season, it trickles, during normal times it flows and during the rainy season as they say "the river come down" but it is never, ever dry.
Organic Farming and Self-Sufficiency
----------------Everything that was anything was growing in that forested area from pineapple, Otaheite apple, cocoa, oranges, breadfruit, mangoes, guinep, ackee, plums, star apple, bananas, jack fruits just to name a “few” and again no human work went into that process, I had nothing to do with it. Another thing that got me was the Vertical development of the land, from the food producing canopy layer such as mangoes and ackees, to the small bushes with berries and fruits like apple and oranges, right down to the ground layer with pineapples, everything seems to find the right position and location to thrive.
I sat there and marveled at life, listening to the wind as it blew through the trees and listening to birds then came to the conclusion that life is good! Not because of money or wealth but because it was peaceful, I was alive and away from the murdering chaotic world... I had found my happy place.