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Obtain a Yield

Make sure that produce comes from hard work. This is very important for having a continuous supply of food to eat in the short term, and an increasing supply of food to eat and sell in the long term. It makes you feel good too.

• Put long-term plans in place, such as planting fruit and other productive trees, but still plant fast-yielding crops. • Yields provide more than food or money: they provide satisfaction, encouragement, and optimism. • Make sure that basic needs are met: DO NOT sell all of your crop at the market−keep some for family food. We must obtain a yield for the energy that we put in. Growing a crop or planting trees only to see goats and pigs destroy them because they were not protected is frustrating and costly. Growing a successful crop but then not saving good seeds for the next year costs money and loses the benefit of seed improvement from crop to crop.

As resources are scarce and valuable, you must make the most of what you have.


When a system starts to look after itself, you know you are on the right road. This is a yield that comes from good design. It is achieved by turning all wastes into resources and integrating different systems into a single larger system that works together. Therefore, your resources work for you, as well as providing products, and you receive many yields

Every part of the system should be producing resources. Some examples of resources produced by plants are food, timber, fertiliser, mulch, firewood, shade, fencing, animal habitat, and windbreaks.

The more resources each element produces, the fewer inputs are needed


It’s a wonderful open-source practical permaculture reference guide book with 2000 beautiful illustrations and comprehensive language which enables even a beginner to understand the permaculture design, food sovereignty, and environmental regeneration strategies and techniques. The vision of this project is to make knowledge comprehensible and accessible for everyone to accelerate sustainable practices in every corner of the world. It is especially useful when working with poor, low literacy, and disadvantaged communities and schools.

This edition was developed from the Permaculture Guidebook from Timor-Leste produced in 2008 and published by Permatil (Permaculture Timor Leste-NGO). It is used by farmers, families, community groups, government departments, schools, universities, agricultural colleges, and NGOs in Timor Leste, and re-used and translated in more than 10 countries.

Please find the link below to download this book and learn more about their work on their website.

Obtain a Yield: About
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