Why this is not a typical surfcamp

The Ecosurfcamp is a hobby and represents the lifestyle of the founders of surfmilfontes.com. Followed by the principles of Permaculture, this camp is more or less a place where friends of the family are able to stay when the weather is nice. Filipe is building, renewing and improving this project whenever he can.

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.
--Bill Mollison

The Ecosurfcamp is a project that follows the principles of permaculture, who allows to create functional, sustainable curculations within the nature environment.

Less is more.
Originally created for farming - permaculture has become more and more a kind of mindset wich integrates sectors like energy supply, landscape architecture in an ecological way. You can easily transfer those principles to your own small project - so did we. The output is a lovely built place, all made by natural resources.

The ecosurfcamp includes:

  • wooden Houses
  • space for tents
  • rebuilt VW-bus
  • outdoor-kitchen
  • clean sanitation
  • outdoor-pavilion to relax
  • hammocks

What is permaculture?

In 1929, Joseph Russell Smith took up an antecedent term as the subtitle for Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture, a book in which he summed up his long experience experimenting with fruits and nuts as crops for human food and animal feed. Smith saw the world as an inter-related whole and suggested mixed systems of trees and crops underneath. This book inspired many individuals intent on making agriculture more sustainable, such as Toyohiko Kagawa who pioneered forest farming in Japan in the 1930s.

You see, permaculture has a history and his origin can be found at those time. Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. There are three core tenets of permaculture:

Care for the earth:

Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.

Care for the people:

Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.

Return of surplus:

Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness. The third ethic is sometimes referred to as Fair Share to reflect that each of us should take no more than what we need before we reinvest the surplus.