Friland 30, 8410 Rønde
Visitors: We make courses, theme days and guided tours. The tours can be arranged according to need (however, max. 20 people per tour). We receive donations (suggested 50 kr./person/tour). Please contact us beforehand.
Area: 920 m²
Project start: 2012
LAND center accreditation: 29th of May 2014
The permaculture garden Myrrhis is situated in the eco-village Friland, with which it is very connected. Myrrhis is a multi-functional home with full integration of all permaculture ethics, principles and design systems. The place is a living example of how you can carry out permaculture in practice from degraded farmland to a lush homestead, from which we wish to spread knowledge about intelligent and practical solutions through guided tours, theme days and courses. The plot measures 920m2 and consists of a highly diversified forest garden and kitchen garden, integrated animal husbandry, a big greenhouse, a plant nursery with focus on perennial vegetables and a low-energy straw-bale house. The house comprises a small, heated core house,a cold room and a conservatory. The permaculture garden Myrrhis is a holistic design from soil to roof.
Ethics and design
The principle of “Care for humans” is met by aesthetic and charming farmer’s house build in recycled and/or natural materials, which provides us warmth and joy. The house is fully integrated with the garden, which nourishes us with its diverse collection of food- and medicinal plants. We have a wholehearted interest in regenerating life and fertility in the impoverished farmland, which surrounds the house. In order to enhance diversity and structure in the soil, we work with natural processes. A high level of biodiversity of plants and plant types are grown in order to make the local ecosystem stronger. Rain- and waste water is collected and reused in the various cultivation- and watering systems in order to lower the water consumption. The house is build as much as possible from locally sourced materials with minimal environmental impact. Moreover, the house is off-grid in order to minimize dependency on conventionally produced energy. We make sure that all surplus resources produced on the ground, like plants from the forest- and kitchen garden, is shared with the local community and/or sold from our little plant nursery on the ground. Sharing of knowledge happens via courses, theme days and workshops or visits from neighbors and tourists, who wish to know more about our lifestyle, building process, plants and design.
Principles and methods
Myrrhis is a comprehensive permaculture project, in which all aspects of sustainable and regenerative lifestyle is integrated. Hereby, all the permaculture principles are put into practice.
The house: A low-energy wood- and straw-bale house with clay walls. Cold room for passive storage of food. Conservatory for passive heating of the house. Heating and partial food preparation via flex oven. Foundation of seashells. Ceiling is isolated with untreated sheep wool. Roof made of douglas wood chips from forests on Djursland.
The forest garden: Around 300 m2. Placed on the north side of the property. Guilds and mixed crop systems in a well-established and very diverse cover vegetation. All vegetation layers are present. The garden was established by use of biologically degradable cardboard and ground cover. Hugel beds.
The kitchen garden: Intensive raised beds for plants that need a lot of sun. Polycultural systems, ground cover and no-dig methods are used.
Animals: Integrated duck husbandry (meat and eggs) in the garden for snail control and for building up soil fertility.
Greenhouse: Cultivation of heat demanding crops for private use, water collection, plant nursery and duck husbandry in the winter for utilization of the heath emission of the animals for the over-wintering plants plus nutrition for the vegetable production.
Plant nursery: Cultivation of perennial vegetables and plants, which are particularly suited for forest gardens and other permaculture cultivation systems. Reuse of pots and soil is important.
Energy consumption: Off-grid house with solar power system and a future micro-windmill. Highly isolated house and effective heating with a minimal consumption of firewood.
Regeneration of natural resources
We have a big focus on rebuilding the impoverished soil, which we have “inherited” from centuries of conventional agricultural production. In the establishment phase of the gardens, we introduced organic material. In order to build up structure and diversity of life in the soil, we work with the natural succession and accumulation plants, nitrogen-fixating plants, soil cover and ground covering plants. Rain water is collected in tanks and is used for the animals and for watering the greenhouse and plant nursery. Grey wastewater is reused in the greenhouse. The compost toilet is used in order to minimize water consumption and to recirculate the nutrients to the soil. We help keeping the air clean by planting more than 100 trees on the small plot. Our off-grid house uses less conventionally produced and air-polluting energy than other houses. For local transport we use bicycle, horse or public transport. The sun is our main source of energy, both for electricity and for food in terms of photosynthesis. In the long run, the trees on the plot will supply us with the firewood necessary for heating the house.
The permaculture garden Myrrhis is situated in the middle of the eco-village Friland and is part of its social network. Many neighbors benefit from the knowledge and experience which generated here. We teach holistic and regenerative food production with use of permaculture design and principles on courses, theme days and guided tours in which we use our Myrrhis as example. The participants are neighbors, locals and outsiders. The permaculture garden Myrrhis is our home, the place from which our food derives and partially our source of income. We have a big interest in maintaining and developing the place.