The plantation department of the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh had an interactive workshop on Permaculture last week. The team highlighted the importance of integrating permaculture into our lives and creating a successful system that is suitable for higher altitudes where it should be designed in a way so that it compensates for shorter growth periods and lower temperatures, in which nature and humans thrive and benefit from each other. We learned about pioneer forests, terraces, raised beds, windbreakers, niches, and humus storage ditches. We also learned how to take into consideration our surroundings, and the local resources available, making the most out of the land without making any major changes to it, by using edges and valuing the marginals. The team educated us about different permaculture zones and how we can build an ecosystem that respects and aids nature as well as works just enough to sustain ourselves.