Finca Wilco Way/ Finca Via Huilco

Finca Wilco Way/ Finca Via Huilco
A one acre farm, just south of Vilcabamba, in Southern Ecuador, Wilco Way is a budding model of Permaculture principles at work. There is a lot of information on Permaculture on this site, accumulated over 25 years in several different climate zones around the world.
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The thing about nematodes, and most members of the soil-food web, is that they have many beneficial aspects, as well as some nasty or yucky ones. Nematodes mineralize soil. They do this in various ways, but primarily by eating and digesting fungus and bacteria which contain nitrogen, and other minerals. The nematodes waste products make the minerals available to plants. There are over 20,0000 species of known nematodes. Some can be seen with the naked eye. They look like a human hair that has movement. The largest known nematode can grow to 30 feet long, and lives in the

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Why Garden?

Cauliflower Mama Love!

There are so many compelling reasons, that fuel the massive gardening movement worldwide: Food for the table, food security, access to organic food, supporting biodiversity, saving & exchanging seed, good exercise, connection with nature. Vandana Shiva refers to seed saving as “the most important revolutionary act of our time”.

For us, these are all good reasons. It is a practice for us to make our choices with awareness of our connection to the web of life. When we live with the awareness that we are related

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Coming up! Workshops in Vilcabamba: Gardening & Natural Building

GARDENING IN VILCABAMBA: All over the world, more people are getting into gardening than ever before. This class will speak to beginners and experienced gardeners alike. Bring your hat and gloves, as hands-on learning is our thing. We’ll put on our Permaculture lens to see the garden as a whole living Being, and provide what it needs for outrageous abundance, with less work than you can imagine. Topics will include, but not limited to: water management, slope stabilization & how to terrace; methods for upgrading soil fertility such as cover crops and green manures; crop rotation, companion & guild

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Article on Plant Intelligence by Michael Pollan, plus Zia’s comments

This is a deep and thought-provoking article about plant intelligence, written by Michael Pollan, author of “Omnivore’s Delimma”, and others.

I think it elegantly exposes some of the limitations of science (without actually coming out against anything), yet also some of the benefits of genuinely rigorous scientific research.

My question is: Michael, how about including a segment about the indigenous perspective on plant intelligence? The perspective that does not question, even for a second, that of course plants are intelligent, and can also provide guidance for our adolescent and sometimes reckless species.

The article brings to mind this quote

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This is also a House Warming for Wilco Way. Schedule below.


Esta tambien es la Inaguaracion de la Finca Wilco Way. Horario abajo.

SEED EXCHANGE 3:00 Come farmers and all who love to grow food and beautiful plants.

We will exchange. No cash involved. Organic only!

INTERCAMBIO DE SEMILLAS 3:00 Vendran todos los agricultores que aman sembrar comida y plantas bellas. Intercambiamos sin plata. Organico exclusivamente!

Seed Shrine at

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Further involvement with our work in Ecuador

There are three possibilities for further involvement with our projects in Ecuador. A brief description follows. Please write if you are seriously interested. ~~Cabana Resident Interns/Partners–Our second Earthbag structure ever, the Rasta Muffin Hut is now available to be cared for, loved up and lived in. We envision a strong and informed young couple joining our endeavors, shortly. The Cabana & all our garden veggies you can eat in exchange for $200./mo & and 20 hrs/week work in the gardens x two people. One month minimum. 6 months, better. Write or

Growing Wilco Way into Community. There

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There Is Power in Remembering Ancestral Wisdom

by Bill Pfeiffer Our times, the Age of Separation could also be called the Age of Forgetting. Modern humans have severe amnesia; we have forgotten who we are in relation to everything else. Martin Prechtel, the maverick cultural historian and artist, calls it “the amnesia of modernity” and says our task is a “Holy Remembrance [which has been] forced to survive homeless under bridges.” In truth, each one of us is vertically connected to everything through the present moment, and horizontally connected through time to all of our ancestors (and descendants). And what a lineage that is! Not only

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Where are we going together?

Zia’s letter to the Vilcabamba “nuevo residente” community: In planning the Permaculture Design Course, I have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about their understanding of where we are going together. Also, their take on what Permaculture is, or their contribution to and their relationship to sustainable lifestyle here in this beautiful valley we have chosen to call home.

Just to clarify a little.. Permaculture is not… A garden with a pretty shape, be it sacred geometry or not, that is not informed by the land. A farm that is dependent on manure and other

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EC move? Q & A

Here is some information about our experience in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, for those considering moving here. We are asked these things alot, so here are some basics. For more information, I suggest becoming a member of the Cuenca based website, Gringo Tree.You can ask questions on that site, and get answers.  If you are curious about the Vilcabamba counter-culture, become a member of the FaceBook page, Vilcabamba Boletin.

1.Owning land and gaining legal status. It is possible to own land outright. We bought land when we came down on our first vacation trip.

Investing in land (currently $25,000.minimum investment per

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Medicinal Herbs

Blackberry, leaves

Blackberry Rubus, many varieties from around the world Rubus fruticosus (a common European variety) Rubus villosus (a common American variety)


Astringent, tonic, helps treat wounds, burns, mouth sores, sore throat, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps

Medicinal Properties

There are said to be at least 40 European varieties of Rubus and numerous American varieties. These include many species of blackberry, raspberries, dew berries, cloud berries and thimble berries. Most people are familiar with many of these berries for their eaten fruit which may also be useful in

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Principios de Permaculture, Español

Éticas de Permacultura Cuidado La Tierra Cuidado La Gente Repartición Justa

Principios de Diseño Observa y interactúa Captua y guardua energía Obten un rendimiento Auto regulación y retro-alimentación Usar y valorar los servicios y recursos renovables Dejar de producir residuos Diseño de los patrones a los detalles Integrar más que segregar Usa soluciones pequenas y lentas Usa y valora la diversidad Usa los bordes y valora lo marginal Usa y responde creativamente el cambio

Mycelium, advantages & propagation/ Mycelium, ventajas & propagacion

Mycelium bed

Mycelium bed

(Espanol bajo) The benefits of mycelium are huge. Briefly, the root-like structure of the mycelium can multiply the circulation of a plant by 1,000 times. It also provides protection against non-beneficial fungi, virus and bacteria, and breaks down soil nutrients, making them accessible to plants. For more

This is a method for propagating indigenous strains of mycorrhyzal mycelium. Mycelium is very abundant in primary forests. Take a small amount of soil from a primary forest, or any woodland setting that has not been

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Rainwater harvesting and greywater systems/ Cosecha llovia y sistemas de aguagris

En este tema, estos sitios son bien fuerte, lo siento, no tenemos este informacion en Espanol.

On this topic, I recommend these sites. They are really strong, I couldn’t improve on this information. I’m sorry I don’t have this information in Spanish.

Brad Lancaster’s site

Art Ludwig’s site:‎

What it takes to run a course/ Ejecutando un curso

The course fee and what it takes to run a course: Offering a PDC requires many months of planning and logistics. We run the best course we can and the kind we would like to take. This means we are out there getting our hands dirty, hearing from lots of different people, visiting the best sites, constantly revising and improving the course, making sure we are up to date with the latest thinking and techniques. All of this takes time to organize. Teaching each segment requires many hours of planning. In the Vilcabamba course, providing the website and communication

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