Solar air heater attached to the house

Heating with the sun - a solar air heater

Solar air heaters are passive solar element that can heat rooms during cold days while the sun is shining. Building one is a piece of cake


Photo of hazelnut varieties for Germany

Growing Hazelnuts in Finland

Hazelnut bushes are lovely deciduous shrubs that are indigenous to Europe and Asia. They are part of the Corylus genus and can grow anywhere from 1.8 to 10 meters in height, depending on the type.


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Fully booked! Are you looking to learn about sustainable and eco-friendly gardening and farming techniques? Come and join our permaculture design certificate course in beautiful rural Finland! Our course covers a wide range of topics, from natural building and composting, to water management and forest gardening. You'll learn from experienced instructors and have the opportunity to put your newfound skills into practice at our permaculture demonstration site.

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This course is in Finnish only! Please read the details in the Finnish course description!

About us and our permaculture homestead

Beyond Buckthorns is a permaculture homestead and education centre. In the past years, we have worked on the old log house and its three-hectare plot in accordance with the principles of permaculture. Close to our hearts are e.g. fairness, producing your own food (especially different fruit trees, herbs and annual vegetables and conserving food), biogas, sustainable and ecological living and renovation of an old house and all kinds of experimentation!