Yamana Garden is an organic, permaculture farm located just outside of Tapei on YangMingShan Mountain. It covers approximately 3 acres and grows a variety of vegetables, fruits, and grains. In addition, Yamana produces homemade soy sauce and other fermented foods for sale.
Permaculture was a term first coined by Dr. Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970’s. It is an organic system of agriculture that focuses on creating lasting food production systems on the land. Permaculture has three main concepts: Earthcare, Peoplecare, and Fairshare. In addition to encompassing the basics of organic agriculture, permaculture focuses on ecosystem creation and improving soil health over time, as well as distributing surpluses to those in need. Click here for more information about permaculture.
Yamana Garden is one of the first permaculture farms in China or Taiwan. Following the principles of permaculture, we intercrop many plants to take advantage of synergies between them. Weeds are left intact as crop covers and to discourage harmful insects, animals are welcomed as contributing members of farm health, and plants attracting beneficial insects are planted near crops. Biodiversity contributes to the vitality and resilience of the system. Walking through Yamana can often feel like walking through the wild, with the exception that many plants have been intentionally planted and have edible or medicinal purposes.
We welcome volunteers to the farm year-round to work and learn. For more information please visit our volunteer page.
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A permaculture garden, can you spot the lettuce plants?
A more traditional vegetable garden.