Hello all! My name is James Douglas and I’m writing you from Nepal. I’m actually Canadian but I’m working in Nepal right now. I studied organic farming in Canada for one season then started traveling through Asia about one year ago. I spent some time on farms mostly in India before coming to Nepal. In Nepal I took a short course about permaculture and was invited afterwards to come and work at an organic farm/resort nearby. So now I’m at Namo Buddha Resort, https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&so....595935,85.559464&spn=0.279314,0.607681&z=11 . I arrived around November I’ll be here for the next few months. I started with the idea of a “permaculture redesign” but actually that is a bit too much me to handle, there is so much to think about! So I will narrow my scope and be doing some smaller project work here. The altitude is 1800m, decimal coordinates about 37.1,-95.6. It’s a very mountainous area in the foothills of the Himalaya. There is a lot of terraced space in the neighborhood where people grow mostly vegetables (onions, cauliflower, carrots, mustard leaf seem to be the main ones), mustard, buckwheat, mandarins, persimmons, potato and rice. The climate is continental I guess, with a large day/night fluctuation. In the day right now it is about a high of 21, low 3. There are only a few frost days per year. Rains come during the wet season almost exclusively. This past year the rains came almost exclusively in August. As is typical for a monsoon area, when the rains do come we get over a meter of rain in one short season. The soil is mostly clay, I don’t know what kind. The place I’m working at is a resort and the main goal is to provide food for people who come to visit or who live here. The resort has been in development for many years (land purchased about 20 years ago) but has never really been opened up officially. Next tourist season (October) it will be officially open. There is a team of about 5 people working on the garden. Vegetable gardens are inside the main complex, and there are some small fields used for corn, wheat, rice and other extensive crops. The total land area is 15 Ha, 37 acres. It’s extremely hilly. The resort has 12 houses for 30 guests and there are about 20 people living here as staff. The staff generally speak only small amounts of English and I don't speak any Nepali so I'm largely on my own. The owners of the place speak English and German. At the moment there the food produced only amounts to about half of what we eat, maybe even 1/3. In future this should ideally increase. There is quite a large area that we own which is not really being used and actually the soil seems a bit damaged. \ A lot of the documentation of the site has been lost. There are no maps of the property, for example and no surveyor’s stakes to mark boundaries so the property boundaries are actually not very clear. There are no adequate maps of wiring, piping or anything else really. Records of food production and land history are essentially non-existent. So it’s a bit of a strange situation but that’s generally what things are like in Nepal . I hope to post about what I get up to on the farm here and get into some discussions about it! Cheers!