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Self sufficiency @ Bogata Suma

Our reasons for living more self sufficient are born out of love for nature, self respect and an urge for living healthy.

For us living (food) self sufficient fits into our values and vision. Sustainability, renewability, independency and love and good care for living beings. It also fits into our wish to incorporate permaculture in all aspects of our life.

We also enjoy our simple way of life. We eat what nature provides so our choices are limited. And that is a GOOD thing!
We love a more natural living, with the cycles of nature. In winter we live inside and take care of our personal insides. In summer we're outside and more open to the world. When the snow melts, we'll be able to pick claytonia and lambs lettuce. When the wild strawberries are ripe, we can exchange our winterclothes for t-shirts. When the apples are falling, the weather gets bad. And when the rose hips are sweet, it will be Christmas soon. (Who needs a calender!)

Towards self sufficiency in 5 years

When we came to live here in 2009, I made a mind map of what I wanted to achieve in 5 years. The paper hung on the wall, fell down a few times, got lost and around christmas 2013 I found it back. Just before the 5th year would start!

It surprised me how much of that mind map we had actually achieved! Almost everything, except brewing our own beer and having goats for their milk & meat.

Mindmap self sufficiency in 5 years

The different area's where we are pretty self reliant:
- All year round fresh vegetables
- Dried, frozen, fermented & potted vegetables & fruits
- Mushrooms
- Herbs (kitchen herbs and herbal teas, tinctures, syrups & remedies)
- Syrups (elderflower, berries, rosebuds)
- Jams & compotes (from several fruits)
- Wines (dandelion, elderflower, cherry, plum and elderberry)
- kombucha & water kefir
- Apple cider
- Apple vinegar
- Nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts & sweet chestnuts)
- Eggs
- Meat (rabbits, chickens, snails and wild animals)
- Sourdough bread
- Firewood (we cook on fire)
- Animal food (hay and dried vegetables, corn)
- Seeds for the garden

ChickenOur neighbors provide us with honey & a pig (Stevo), milk for yoghurt and fresh cheese (Milka) and sheep wool (Marko).

Definitely our favourite book on this subject is John Seymour's "The new complete book of self sufficiency".
But of course we have many sources, like several other books, the internet and our neighbour Anja who also likes to experiment with making wines, jams and herbal salts.

SInce we're becoming more & more experts in self sufficiency, we'd like to share our knowledge about several subjects in autarky.
>> See our list of workshops in self sufficiency

"You inspire us to do what we are passionate about. You make life look so easy and enjoyable and we can't wait to take your life style back home with us."

Keri & Leighann Van Deventer, United States of America >> more

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Bogata Šuma

about us
you're welcome
the name Bogata Suma
"eco" for us
self sufficienct living

Barbara Scheltus
Peter Scheltus

digital nomads welcome!

artist in residence

eco venue Croatia
venue with organic food
venue pictures

picture gallery
pictures forest garden
pictures natural home
pictures ecological garden


Permaculture farm in Croatia

permaculture @ Bogata Suma
permaculture principles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
our permaculture designs
natural resources
compost and fertilizers

goat stable
rabbit palace
chicken garden design
permaculture greenhouse
forest gardens
food forest
food savannah
net and pan orchard
tree guillds
garden projects
- terraced garden beds
- keyhole gardens
- edible fence
natural playground
natural playground design
the house
strawbale insulation
compost toilet
summer kitchen
natural swim pond


What we do

calender of workshops & courses
permaculture workshops
Cultural Emergence
permaculture teacher Barbara Scheltus

Country Life Academy

micro restaurant The Table

volunteering with us
volunteers about us
pictures with volunteers

Camping in nature

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Camping in nature
Our permaculture camp site

"eco" for us
Welcome at our table
Our ideas about food

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