2,5 acre (1 hectare): the key to succes

In PuVida people make once again contact with themselves and their surroundings, with both feet on the ground.
We intend to achieve this through the purchase of a large area of land of 1770 acre (717 hectare). This will be divided into plots of at least one hectare, with each one being sold to a different family, couple or individual. Together these 'family estates' will form PuVida village. Upon every estate a family will oversee the creation of a place to live which is capable of producing enough food. In this way everyone will be self-sufficient and independent, allowing the inhabitants to consciously develop their own way of living and not just following the established rules of society. Many people are searching for the chance to live on their own piece of land and grow their own food. The result of living in such a way is a more conscious life, more in tune with the surrounding environment. Gardens will flourish and develop into oases of many and varied flowers, plants, herbs, shrubs and trees. Through the application of permaculture principles, the natural ecosystem will be restored and protected, and the fertility of the soil will be improved. The relationship with nature will be one of harmony, richness and purity.

How people use their time will be directed through conscious choice and not dictated by external demands, leading to a life with no stress. There will be ample time for contemplation providing people with an opportunity to become more creative and solution-orientated. We look forward to defining our own limits, as creating your own possibilities is what it means to be free. And that is the aspiration for humanity – to be free. Adopting such a way of life leads to healing for human beings and healing for our ecosystems. In this way the land will once again become natural and diverse, the action of people upon the land helping to accelerate the process of regeneration. In the past we probably always lived this way. But it is clear to anyone who thinks logically that, together, we have lost our way. We want to find our way back to this way of life again and try to recover what we have destroyed. 

A family can be completely self-sufficient with a hectare. This applies to anywhere in the world. If a piece of land is managed following the permaculture principles then it will be home to many plants and fruiting trees. A wide diversity of organisms forms the basis of a stable and healthy garden which can provide fresh vegetables and fruit throughout the year. Food that is grown with care in your own garden is far more nutritious than that found in supermarkets. This means you can live more healthily on your own land, avoiding many of the illnesses that result from a poor diet.

Being able to provide your own food is the first step in a whole new self-sufficient way of life. People who live in this way are able to shape their own lives based upon this new-found freedom. This leads to peace of mind and a sense of security. This peace of mind fosters an increased value for our environment which is constantly expressed through our actions. We become motivated by an idea of abundance and not lack, from love and not fear.

When a village is formed based upon these principles, you live with a sense of abundance and this idea becomes the core of all your actions. If you examine the form of the society we have created, you can see that it originates from a sense of lack, rather than abundance. And it continues to function in this way. This level of awareness and resulting course of action only makes situations worse. Through recognizing this and returning to a life where you are no longer dependent, but rather self-sufficient, we solve the problem ourselves.

A family estate of one hectare is the key to a self-sufficient life!

The numbers
In general, the prevailing thought is that there are too many people and too little land for everyone. That we need conventional agriculture to produce enough food for us to to survive as a species. But that's not the case. The earth has about 14.5 billion hectares of land and a population of about seven billion. We see the possibility to allow every family to live upon one hectare. Suppose in the end we inhabited 25% of the earth's land surface, that would still leave plenty of untrammeled natural space. 10.9 billion people could, living with an average of 3 people per hectare, inhabit 3.6 billion hectares without there being any food insecurities. Planting according to permaculture methods can yield 3 to 5 times more produce than monocultures. A high level of biodiversity ensures the soil is fertile and living, a balance is created. As a result, no fertilizers are needed, all that is necessary is planting and harvesting. This makes your garden your own private supermarket.