Permaculture is suddenly very popular. It's not just a renewed interest among those of us that have always felt aligned to the ethics and principles of permaculture, but a surge among people that have never heard of it before. Why? At a pragmatic level, permaculture offers people and efficient, low cost way to produce … Continue reading Why permaculture is so hot right now
Congratulations on making it all the way through the game and reaching the final round. Hopefully you have spent the last couple of weeks taking everything you have done so far and putting it into a concept plan. Here's one I prepared earlier. This isn't one I've done for a client. It's a mock up … Continue reading Play along permaculture design part 8: Implement and maintain
Here are some questions to help you become a better designer: What does 'indigenous' mean? What does 'local provenance' mean? If I take a native kangaroo paw plant into a lab and genetically alter it so that it stays smaller, grows in a wider range of conditions and comes in different colours, is it still … Continue reading Bonus round!
My apologies for taking a while to get back to you all. Thanks to the easing of restrictions in Australia we have been able to go ahead with our permaculture design course. We only teach eight at a time so with the two of us we're at the current limit of ten people. We had … Continue reading Play along permaculture design part 7: Plan and prioritise
By now you have built your observation skills, reconnected to your site and learnt all kinds of new and wondrous things about it. You have ventured into the forest of imagination and played with some design tools. You are ready to level up and start putting together your plan! But for those fascinated … Continue reading Bonus round! More design tools!
I admit that this is my favourite part of designing. It's where we get to be creative, to think outside the box, and inside the box. To ask "Is this even a box?" or "Who put this box here and can I have it for sheet mulch?" So far we have been playing in the … Continue reading Play along permaculture design part 6: Dream and describe
Welcome back to my continuing series on permaculture design. I am gifting the method that we teach during our PDC to anyone in isolation wanting to have a go at developing their own permaculture design for their property. So far we have focused on the first stage of the design spiral, observe and learn. Before we … Continue reading Play along permaculture part 5: What did we learn?
As promised, here's the current version of my client interview. It's long! Many designers ask fewer questions and, as always, a tool is only as useful as you find it. I would recommend comparing my questions to yours and thinking about the differences. You might find some areas of your own questionnaire that you would … Continue reading Bonus round: My client interview
I'm getting enquiries about the play along permaculture design series so here's the deal with sharing my content: You are very welcome to use anything on this site for your own enjoyment or to design or improve your own permaculture system. You are also welcome to share it (with credit) and include it in any … Continue reading A brief word about using my content
Welcome back to my contribution to sharing permaculture during the COVID-19 isolation of 2020. It's been wonderful seeing the permaculture community respond with so much generosity towards others. I'm loving Hannah Moloney's 'Crisis Gardening' series, which teaches people new to food gardening about the basics. You can find her latest video here: Crisis Gardening: 3 … Continue reading Play along permaculture design part 4: Client interviews