We at Feun Foo Permaculture Chanthaburi (Thailand) would like to welcome you to explore our ideas and visions!
Feun Foo (ฟื้นฟู; pronounced ‘fern foo’) is Thai and means ‘restore’, ‘rehabilitate’ or ‘revive’, and that’s how we see ourselves: We help restoring Nature to original beauty by converting an orchard and adjacent bamboo monoculture into a food jungle, and by reforesting parts of the neighboring Nature Reserve. We revive an ancient, long forgotten way of life, so that it may lead us into a better, not only sustainable, but regenerative future. We cooperate with Nature to create a Food Jungle – a self-sustaining and natural habitat for human beings.
We provide one of many paths to live a happy and healthy life in harmony with Nature.
Our mission is to become fully autonomous and develop a regenerative way of living. We do that mainly through practicing Permaculture, but include elements of Rewilding, Deep Ecology, and Primitivist Philosophy, Practice, and Spirituality. We try to adapt as good as we can to Climate Breakdown through Deep Adaptation and Climate Smart Farming.
We believe human beings are an inseparable part of Nature, one species in an enormous interconnected web of living beings that depend on and benefit from each other.
Our focus is on
- creating the most diverse habitat possible,
- being a functioning part of the ecosystem we inhabit,
- and proving that it is not only possible but desirable for modern humans to return into Nature’s open arms.
We offer anyone who is interested the opportunity to stay with us on our farm or to be a volunteer and take permaculture introduction courses that include tropical horticulture, building soil, growing and taking care of vegetables and trees, primitive skills, sustainable building methods, basic Traditional Thai Herbal Medicine and many other topics.
Our goal is to assist Mother Nature in growing a small patch of self-sustaining jungle with a high density of species useful for humans (food, fuel, fiber, medicine, timber, thatch, cloth, dye, glue, lacquer, arrow/fish poison, etc.) that provides subsistence for a small band of people all year round, using a concept we are developing called Primitive Permaculture. We do this through planting jungle giants (dipterocarps, keystone trees, ironwoods) alongside a large variety of fruit trees, thereby increasing overall biodiversity, and eventually living under a closed, multi-storey canopy. We hope that one day the Hornbills will nest in our garden and the elephants and monkeys become regular visitors.
Other goals for the future include (but are not limited to):
- Full autonomy as soon as possible
- Canopy closure in 5 to 10 years
- Helping to create an ecosystem almost indistinguishable from climax rainforest, with several layers of trees, vines, palms, bushes, herbs, grasses, rhizomes, mushrooms, epiphytes, etc.
- Increasing wildlife populations, birds, bees, spiders, bats, rodents, primates (and, if somehow possible, hornbills nesting here in 20-30 years, when the first trees will be large enough)
- Mastering archery to be able to hunt
- Increasing knowledge about herbalism and massage
- Making instruments from bamboo
- Learning the language of the birds
- Weaving baskets and mats
- Having fruit all year long and as much honey as we want
- Sharing seeds, seedlings and cuttings with like-minded peers
- Making all this knowledge available in several languages to anyone who’s interested
- Creating “climate awareness” and reverence for Nature and all she does for us through translating English texts (studies, articles, books) into Thai
- Assisting and aiding people who want to return to the land
We are on Patreon, too!
If you like our project and want to support us, please consider a small donation for our cause:
To all friends, followers, supporters, subscribers, readers, and potential volunteers and visitors: We are currently still living without electricity and we will probably stay off the grid until somewhen next dry season – maybe longer. Until then we’ll try our best to answer all messages, but please understand that it might take a while until we have the chance to respond. We try to charge our phone in the valley about once a week to keep y’all up to date and get back to you ASAP.
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Update 06.07.2017: Essay ‘On the Personhood of Plants‘
Connecting ancient wisdom and modern evidence. Drawing together the latest findings from the controversial field of plant neurology and contemplating the relation to animism. Making sense of my experiences. Demolishing the delusion of anthropocentrism.
Dave’s contribution to the conversation.
Update 26.08.2017: Complete Banana Index online! (First draft)
An overview over all the different varieties of banana in our garden.
Update 04.09.2017: New Article – The Red on Yellow
A short lesson in Banana History.
Update 14.11.2017: New Article – The Collapse of Global Civilization Has Begun – David B Lauterwasser
But this doesn’t mean we have to give up hope.
Update 21.4.2018: New Article
History repeats itself as the story of the Easter Island’s Downfall begins to unfold globally – David B Lauterwasser
A millennia-old, self-destructive belief is, once again, picking up speed.
Update 15.10.2018: New Article:The future will be green… or black. – David B Lauterwasser
A down-to-earth vision of how to avoid the worst
We will of course update the website accordingly when we find the time.
For anyone who has an open mind and likes reading:
Be sure to check out our collection of important, interesting and useful articles if you want to know more about why we do what we do. If you are looking for a good book, check the section books.
*Throughout the site, when we reference books, we will also state the publisher, so as to make it perfectly clear that we don’t reference pseudo-scientific and speculative half-truths, but root our ideology in indesputable findings of academics who spent their lifetime researching the topic in question. Many (if not most) books are university press releases, or works of popular science published by credible and respected institutions. While we view science and the reductionist worldview rather critically at times, there are interdisciplinary works and holistic sciences like ecology, as well as certain scholars, that don’t lack the view of the bigger picture.