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Chapter 2: Design Principles | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook The principles above are laid out in Bill Mollison’s later book “Introduction to Permaculture”. There he presented a concise form of the concepts he laid out in the Chapters 2 & 3 in Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual. A summary of them can be seen below and even downloaded here: BM PC Principles summary. The principles seem to be patterns laid out on how nature’s inherent intelligence is formed in time and space. They are a great tool for interpreting ecosystem establishment and functions and from there designs can unfold. Summary of Permaculture Principles from TreeYo Permaculture (click on each Principle for further pics and explanation, more coming) from Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison 1. Functional Analysis: is a tool to realize the full potential of each element by examining products and behaviors, needs, and intrinsic characteristics. 2. 3. 4. Zone Planning refers to the placement of elements based on their intensity of use and management. 5. 6. A schematic of coppice 7.

soils majority come from weathered rock, approximately a 1/2 come from water and air, and a small portion ( less than 10%) from humus, decomposing but not decomposed organic material. Minerals derived from the soil must be dissolved in water. Otherwise the plant will not be able to obtain them. How do plants obtain the nutrients in the soil? CEC is important for maintaining adequate quantities of plant available calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+) and potassium (K+) in soils.

A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer - Part 3 by Dan French Photo © Craig Mackintosh This time, in Part 3 of this series discussing my journey towards becoming a professional permaculture designer, I will be talking about marketing, knock-backs and my progress since the last article. Part 2 of this series focused on two large issues facing many of us trying to build our own business, commitment and confidence. Reflecting on these points, the pressure of these emotions is ongoing. I’m glad to report however, the series of strategies I outlined in Part 2 are helping me in both of these areas. Momentum is your friend in life, particularly when starting a business, as it takes constant effort, and not only in one area. It’s a long road and it can get both frustrating and disillusioning, especially prior to getting a job through the door. This is what I am concentrating on at the moment. One final discussion point before signing off. I hope this helps.

The Sun Hive: experimental Natural Beekeeping Sun Hives are a hive design coming out of Germany and now gathering interest in Britain. They’re part of the world-wide movement towards ‘apicentric’ beekeeping – beekeeping that prioritizes honeybees firstly as pollinators, with honey production being a secondary goal. The Sun Hive is modeled in part on the traditional European skep hive, and is aimed at creating a hive that maximises colony health. The main thing I love about this hive and the enthusiasm surrounding it is not the hive itself, but the philosophy behind it, that of apicentric beekeeping. In brief, the Sun Hive has an upside down skep hive at its base with curving frames in the top section and no frames in the bottom section. The hive is placed well above ground level (optimal for bees – they never choose to create a hive on the ground). As I said, it’s not the design of this hive that particularly gets me going (though it is very beautiful), but the philosophy behind it… putting bees first before honey yields.

A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer - Part 2 - OK, here we go, the second installment of this series regarding my journey to become a professional permaculture designer. In my last article I touched on who I am, what I am doing and why, and discussed some general topics which included defining my services, networking and, on a very general level, the importance of examining price structures for services. As a result, I was contacted by a nice guy by the name of Scott Mann who runs a great podcast series called The Permaculture Podcast. It turned out we had a lot in common. Anyhow, during the interview Scott asked me about obstacles I have encountered so far in my professional development and ways in which I have addressed these. When I reflect on the process so far, although there have been numerous obstacles, the most notable for me have been psychological — specifically those of commitment and confidence. Commitment. Commitment is a course of action. When starting anything afresh, building confidence plays an important part.

Honey On Tap From Your Own Beehive - Flow™ Hive Home A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer - by Dan French Photo © Craig Mackintosh Like the title suggests, I’m going to write a few articles about my journey to becoming a professional permaculture designer… if you don’t mind? I’m doing this for a few reasons: to help me articulate and formalize what it is I’m doing; to tell others who might be interested in doing the same about my ups and downs; to gain exposure and fast track my development as a designer; and perhaps, on some sadistic level, to just put a bit more pressure on myself. Let me explain to you why. I grew up in the Adelaide hills, on the top of the ridge where the elements are in full swing, alongside a national park. During my previous professional lives, I spent many moments wondering what it would be like to break the shackles of endless corporate procedures, boring reporting and restriction of action by various legislative approaches. Just like a religion, it seems permaculture is expressed in many forms. Ok, enough gas-bagging.

Compact Window Hydroponic Gardening System Fits Tight Urban Spaces © Philip Houiellebecq Rising food prices and a yearning for a bit of homegrown green may be some of the reasons why city dwellers turn to gardening. But for those who lack land to actually grow food on, do-it-yourself ideas like windowfarming can be a revelation -- especially when all you have is some window sill space. Aimed at those who are looking to try out windowfarming, but are reluctant about spending hours building their own system, British product designer Philip Houiellebecq's conceptual hydroponic growing system Auxano offers the ease of similar DIY windowfarms -- and without relying on electricity and the guesswork involved with other systems we've featured previously like Urbio. Made of recycled HDPE, steel and rubber, Auxano is designed as a slim, nested unit that can come apart easily, and can be arranged either vertically or horizontally. Plants and their roots are inserted into the removable top, which allows for easier harvesting. © Philip Houiellebecq

Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration & Ultimate Food Security Masanobu Fukuoka's first book, The One-Straw Revolution, introduced natural farming, a nature-integrated practice similar to 'original' permaculture, to a world where the environmental movement had just begun. As this plant pathologist-turned-farmer-philosopher journeyed around the world as a result of the popularity of his book and ideas, Fukuoka was shocked at the environmental degradation and desertification he saw. Sowing Seeds in the Desert, his final book, is his plan to set a 'Second Genesis' in motion: a green revolution led by vegetables, grasses, and trees. Natural farming isn't just another 'method' but rather a way of thinking and living that goes beyond even organic farming. By working in partnership with the natural world – examples such as using rivers and their tributaries as the basis for green corridors; planting poisonous plants to deter grazing; and using a diversity of trees and ground cover to stop erosion and build the soil – the results are truly sustainable.

Permaculture With its system of applied education, research and citizen- led design permaculture has grown a popular web of global networks and developed into a global social movement[citation needed]. The term permaculture was developed and coined by David Holmgren, then a graduate student at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education's Department of Environmental Design, and Bill Mollison, senior lecturer in Environmental Psychology at University of Tasmania, in 1978. [1] The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture",[3] but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture", as it was understood that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy. It has many branches that include, but are not limited to, ecological design, ecological engineering, regenerative design, environmental design, and construction. History[edit] Several individuals revolutionized the branch of permaculture. In Australian P.A.