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Master Plan

Farm Layout Overview

The farm unfolds like a tapestry, each section carefully woven into the landscape to create a harmonious and diverse haven. 

Beginning at the lowest point in the west, a dedicated area is set aside for a flourishing fig tree orchard and a meadow field designed to attract and sustain buzzing bees. 

This picturesque corner gently merges with the southeastern extremity, earmarked for the creation of a soothing Mediterranean therapy garden—a space where nature's therapeutic embrace is carefully curated. 

Ascending from this therapeutic haven, our family home is cradled in the bosom of the landscape, cocooned by a lush forest that imparts a sense of tranquility. 

Above the residence, a sprawling garden unfolds, boasting raised beds and the innovative hugelkultur technique. This vibrant garden seamlessly extends to an open-air kitchen, surrounded by inviting terraces where a small, intimate "restaurant" experience is envisioned—a culinary oasis harmonizing with nature. In the northwest, basking in the sun's warmth and shielded from the winds, two polytunnels will stand tall, nurturing a bounty of crops throughout the seasons. 

Moving to a small hill above the garden and kitchen, beneath the protective canopy of holm oaks, a volunteer campsite is envisioned—an eco-conscious space where like-minded individuals can connect with nature. 

Descending to the valley below, an enchanting petting zoo awaits, complemented by a domestic animal and poultry farm. This lively and interactive space promises a genuine farm experience, fostering a connection between visitors and the diverse array of farm residents.

 Above this pastoral scene, nestled in a hidden nook with terraced landscapes, a whimsical hobbit house will emerge, surrounded by a fairy-tale garden that seamlessly merges with a lush food forest.

 Completing this bucolic panorama, the very northern corner of the land cradles a stone house retreat—a retreat that serves as a vantage point to absorb the scenic beauty and tranquility that permeate the entire farm. 

Each element interweaves seamlessly, creating a rich and immersive tapestry that invites exploration and appreciation of nature's bounty at every turn.

Borderline Details

Our farm finds itself nestled in the embrace of nature. 

The lower section of the land, housing the flat fields and orchard, lies within a charming valley. 

A small winding road leads to our farm, extending further for half a kilometer to reach a diminutive village with only a handful of houses. 

The southwestern part of the farm is enveloped by a holm oak forest, while its western boundary connects with our neighbor's farm. 

Ascending from the flatlands to the north, a small terraced hill emerges, also bordering our neighbor's holm oak tree forest.

At the pinnacle of the land in the northwest, where the stone house retreat and food forest are located, a dense holm oak forest surrounds the area. 

Accessible via a white gravel road, this part of the farm boasts a unique road approach. 

The entire eastern and southeastern expanse of the land is also bordered by a holm oak tree forest, contributing to the farm's natural charm.

Farm Zone Planning

Permaculture zones are a fundamental concept in permaculture design, helping to organize and plan the layout of a farm or property based on the frequency of human activity and the needs of different elements within the system. The zones are typically designated from Zone 0 to Zone 5, with Zone 0 being the center of human activity and Zone 5 representing wild or natural areas. Here's an overview of each zone:

Permaculture Zones

Zone 0: The Home Center
This is the central hub of human activity, typically the house or main living space.
Elements requiring frequent attention and use are placed here, such as kitchen gardens, herbs, and high-maintenance plants.
Technologies like composting systems, rainwater harvesting, and renewable energy sources are often implemented close to the home.

Farm Trail Network

Nestled within the embrace of our expansive farm, we are embarking on an extraordinary venture to establish a network of natural trails that will span over an impressive 2.5 kilometers, creating an immersive tapestry that seamlessly connects the various gems of our pastoral haven. These winding pathways will elegantly meander through the enchanting expanse, linking the sun-kissed Mediterranean garden with the serene fig orchard, verdant gardens, and the flourishing food forest.

Picture yourself strolling along these meticulously planned trails, each step a harmonious dance with nature. Amidst this captivating journey, we invite you to discover carefully curated resting points, where the artistry of design meets the embrace of nature. Thoughtfully positioned benches beckon you to pause and absorb the beauty around you, while inviting deck chairs offer a perfect perch to bask in the gentle caress of sunlight filtering through the foliage. And for those seeking a touch of leisure, strategically placed hammocks sway gently, providing a haven for relaxation beneath the open sky.

As you traverse this sanctuary, let your curiosity be piqued by educational signs strategically positioned to unveil the secrets of the flora that graces our haven. These informative markers serve as windows into the rich tapestry of plant life, offering insights into the botanical wonders that flourish under the caring gaze of our farm.

This retreat is not just a destination; it is an invitation to embark on a sensory sojourn, a celebration of nature's abundance and the meticulous craftsmanship that has sculpted this haven into a haven for rejuvenation. Welcome to a realm where the whispering leaves and the fragrance of blossoms create a symphony that resonates with the soul—a retreat that promises not just respite, but an unforgettable journey into the heart of tranquility.

Water Management

The farm's Water Management system is intricately planned, incorporating three wells, one of which is already constructed. Rainwater is gathered from the roofs of two houses and stored in containers, serving both household needs and irrigation. Greywater from household activities is repurposed for agricultural use, minimizing waste and environmental impact.

Strategically placed small ponds are intended to enhance water retention and create favorable microenvironments for plant growth. The forward-thinking consideration of a potential natural swimming pool aligns with the farm's commitment to sustainable practices and recreational amenities.

Swales are planned for implementation in orchards and other crucial locations to capture and slow the flow of water, preventing erosion and enhancing soil moisture retention. This approach, rooted in permaculture principles, contributes to a resilient and sustainable agricultural ecosystem.

The farm's holistic planning anticipates an annual yield of over 100,000 liters of fresh water from rain harvesting, small ponds, and groundwater wells. This abundance not only meets immediate needs but also allows for potential expansion and diversification of agricultural activities.

In conclusion, the farm's water management system is a result of meticulous planning, combining traditional sources with innovative approaches to ensure long-term viability, conserve water resources, and contribute to overall environmental health.

Terraced Wall Structures

Dry stone retaining walls, often called "dry stack" walls, embody a timeless charm and reflect the ingenuity of traditional agricultural practices. 

Our farm, adorned with these ancient structures, tells a story of rich history and sustainable methods used by earlier generations. 

Erected two centuries ago to support vineyards on hilly terrain, these walls showcase the resourcefulness of our predecessors in adapting to the landscape.

The primary purpose of these walls is to prevent soil erosion and provide stability on slopes. In our sloping land that once hosted vineyards, these walls have been crucial for maintaining field integrity. The dry stone construction method involves fitting stones precisely without mortar, highlighting craftsmanship and a sustainable construction approach.

While some walls have naturally weathered over two centuries, our decision to rebuild each one is commendable. This effort goes beyond preserving history; it ensures continued effectiveness in preventing soil erosion.

Reconstruction is an opportunity to blend tradition with modern techniques. Maintaining the essence of dry stone construction, we may consult experts in historic restoration to preserve authenticity while enhancing longevity.

Documenting the process, capturing before-and-after moments, and involving the local community contribute to the narrative. Rebuilding these walls is more than fortifying the land; it's a celebration of heritage, a commitment to sustainability, and a connection to past generations.

Our restored dry stone retaining walls will symbolize resilience, bridging the past and present, and enhancing the enduring beauty of the landscape.

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Contact Details

  • Palit bb ,
    Island of Rab, 51280 / Croatia

  • Call us: +385 099 2828 628

  • Mail us : info@rab.com.hr

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