Permaculture.
On the way to better agriculture.

For us, permaculture is a special form of organic agriculture with additional and certain key aspects. We try to better understand nature, to recognise and utilise its principles. For this, our focus lies on the promotion of plant and animal diversity, which mutually support each other, and in this way optimise production. For example, in a mixed culture, plants use different rooting levels and pests cannot spread as easily. Planted hedges serve, among other things, as wind protection or as a retreat for numerous beneficial organisms such as birds and insects. Soil protection is a particularly important point for us, and the development of soil fertility, in order to be able to produce healthy products in the long term.
The increase of humus until a certain percentage and a permanent cover with a diversity of plants and living roots are necessary preconditions for a sound soil biology and therefore soil fertility. The result counts.

Our Vision:
“Permaculture is the creation of agricultural paradises. That is the natural future for our planet, our children and ourselves!” (Friedrich Lehmann)

We are convinced that permaculture is the way to better and more sustainable agriculture, and with it we want to bring about the following:

•    Increase in flora and fauna diversity
•    Sustainable protection of the soil and water retention
•    Development of soil fertility
•    Climate protection through humus as a CO2 store
•    Stable yields instead of maximum yields (resilience)
•    Intensive flavour of the products
•    Independence from the agricultural industry

lehmann natur‘s Basic Principles of Permaculture

Principles

  • Certified according to EU Organic Regulation, members of associations are preferred
  • Taking part with full enthusiasm
  • Mixed operation when possible (or cooperation with a livestock farm)
  • Secluded (if possible)
  • Beauty, aesthetics of cultivation: flowers, colours, scents

Soil protection / cultivation

Goal: To reach optimal humus content depending on soil and climate

  • Cultivation along contour lines (keylines)/terracing, when sensible 
  • Detection and Elimination of soil compaction
  • Gentle, minimal soil working, without turning the soil; ridge cultures (if sensible); reduced soil pressure, for example, through wide tyres, reduction of axle load
  • Soil cover through planting or growth of local plants (wild herbs) and/or mulch (if sensible and not contraindicated by pest populations)  
  • Use of compost and other bio-fertilisers (own production if possible, use of local raw materials if possible)

Cultivation

  • Cultivation in mixed culture/strip cropping/agroforestry systems with legumes, herbs, local wild herbs (e.g. in dam valleys of ridge cultures)
  • Organic seeds and plants, if possible, emphasis on resistant, original, locally adapted varieties, if possible wild types (taken from own propagation)
  • Facilitation of biodiversity by for example:
    1. Mixed, broad hedging elements
    2. Biodiversity areas with local, insect-friendly plants
    3. Creation of natural habitats
    4. Ponds, if sensible and possible
  • Apiculture (own operation or in cooperation with beekeepers) or bumblebees; if sensible, facilitation of wild bees by means of strips of bee friendly flowers, for example
  • Use of herbal extracts, essential oils, homoeopathy, compost teas, microorganisms, beneficial organisms, etc., if necessary

Water

  • Water-saving measures, water collection
  • Water retention basins

Please download our principles of permaculture here.

You will also find a Spanish version for free download here.