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Permaculture – From Forest to Farm | Clea Chandmal | TEDxBITSGoa

Clea Chandmal at TEDxBITSGoa.

Clea Chandmal has a back ground in the Biological Sciences. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences, masters in Plant Breeding, and a stalled PhD in Plant Molecular Physiology; all from the University of Cambridge, UK. Clea did her Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton and Greg Knibbs in Melbourne in 2008. Since 2005 she has been running a farm in Goa, India. A farm which she hopes to make a Permaculture demonstration site. When she started on the farm, it was largely infertile. Several farmers had tried their hand. By local folklore its infertlity was due to the local demon living in the big tree on the property. Today it has a flourishing food forest, vegetable plots, simple user friendly composing toilets, mud stone and wood architecture and more. Her farm has been described by many as a ‘Garden of Eden’. Her understanding of ecosystems has helped her in the practice of Permaculture. She teaches ‘Ecoliteracy’ – a unique course devised by her as a preamble to her Permaculture courses. Her ability to simplify and explain core underlying principles, has made her lectures and classes inspiring. clea hopes to address, using permaculture, the growing problem of farmers suicides in India.


  1. Hi,
    I am interested in learning about permaculture and more about soil. Total newbie here and an urban being all my life (until now). Would like to learn about farming and soil.

    I would like to know more about any stay and volunteer opportunities.

    Thank you,

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