Hello everyone. Im a 26 year old (27 next month) UK citizen from the midlands called Kelvin. Iv been living in china for a year and half and am married to an AMAZING Chinese woman called Xiao Gao. Luckily for me she is interested in permaculture and is willing to support me in buying/renting land and building our own self-sustaining natural materials house. The reason i say lucky for me is that 99.9 percent of chinese people are trying to flee the farm lands in search of prosperity in the citys with urban jobs and environment destroying homes with all the mod cons.
I am not an expert on chinese permaculture yet but from what iv seen and what i can find out, there are not many farmers that are using self-sustaining permaculture methods. Most-like the weston farmers-are bleeding the land by over plowing etc, loosing all the top soil and nutrients so the farm lands are dead. Lucky for them prices are still allowing them to use the chemical fertilizers.
Anyway, i am looking at sites with which to start my project. I am thinking about Hunan. My best friends home town would be perfect. Its a tropical (or maybe semi tropical?) area with fresh mountain water to drink coming off the mountian. For a while now people have been moving away from the area to move to cities and the sites I will be looking at havent been used in a long long long time so it is lush with trees and vegetation. Water in this area is plentiful and there is lots of sun. The people of the little villiage also are very natural in their living styles and there is almost not pollution there because of the environment friendly way they live.
The only pics i have are of my friend the last time he went, but i will be going in july or august and can get some pics of the exact areas i can choose from. The villiage is settled on the side and base of a mountain. These is a tunnel running through the mountain that takes a couple of hours to go through to get to the other side. And that, is where I will choose my site from. The whole area has NO ONE there and is brimming with life, all the way nature intended.
It all sounds lovely and would be a perfect peaceful place to live out my life BUT...i also feel a little bad that its not an area that actually needs my help. I know there are many people and communities starting perma projects that can show other people what can be achieved by using clever design etc, which will inspire others to try. Often the transformation of an area void of life changing into an area bursting with wildlife and edible food and beautiful flowers will amaze them and teach them how to do it themselves. So i feel a little guilty that im thinking of choosing a place thats already full of life, and it also isn’t close a huge city so that people can just pop along and check it out to be inspired. They would prob have to come and stay for a night or two to check it out.
What are your thoughts? In china they really need to learn permaculture ways of gardening and farming. Should i try to organise a project that will inspire people in places like Beijing etc? Or choose a paradise place that has all the perfect conditions to successfully produce a perma garden/farm? Maybe I can still encourage others to come and see and teach others how to design and build a perma environment?
Id also like to know-are there any projects happening in china that i can go help with or visit? Are there any others who would like to join me in choosing a place to cultivate a small community?
Id really appreciate your comments and thoughts.
Kelvin （凯文-my chinese name）
Some photos wouldnt upload but these are a few of them. When i go in july or august im sure i will get better ones!