An idea was cooking in my head for a long time on what to build for kids to play with while they walk around the farm. Mulberry Dome!
Mulberry Dome is not just an area for camping, but they can also eat the berry while they play around the Dome.
We completed one dome about midway down the farm. I am thinking a second is needed much nearer to the yard or camping area, so people will get to it much easier. It may not be a dome, but a walking tunnel path leading to the garden.
Here are some pictures of the first Mulberry Dome.
2016-04-07: Update with pictures a few week after the dome was completed.
The Mulberry leaves are growing and budding fruits all over. It is a good day to go walk in the dome and munch on fresh Mulberry fruits.
I am testing out using Clovers as cover crop. Planting Tomatoe in the center row, Bell Pepper along the edges alternate with Chinese Kailan. In between all the taller plants, I put leafy salad such as Red/Green Oak, Butterhead Lectuce.
The Colvers should grow at the same time as the Salad. Later, I will move some of the clustering and space them out evenly.
Daruma Ecovillage is in Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand. Their FB page is here. To get there just follow their Google Maps link on their FB page.
Not sure why this picture was on the profile of a Permaculture farm.
Then it dawn on me, this is an old painting of a Japanese Daruma or Daruma Doll. The owner is Neil Newmann (Permaculture Network, facebook). He is a 30 veteran of the US Navy. He may have spent sometime in Japan and know about the Daruma. “Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.“, from Wikipedia.
I was there on a look-and-see trip by Sasin Sustainability group that I frequented. The Daruma ecovillage provides PDC or Permaculture Design Course, Mosaic School for kids, and a community of Permaculturist to volunteer and teach the local people on the way of Permaculture. I expected just a PDC, but the Mosaic School was what interested me most.
His Mosaic School teaches kids to learn from peers and also become teacher among them self. They will learn to be independent and able to make their own decision.
He did not go over the Permaculture side too much. Walking around the farm, it was design primary for teaching PDC and not as a commercial farm. So he main focus is education in PDC and Mosaic school.