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Introduction to Permaculture Design

This Course introduces you to the ethics, design theory (Natural Sy...

PDC Module 2: Basics

Understanding Forests, Water, Soils, Buildings, Aquaculture, Maricu...

Module 3 PDC Final

This is the final module of the full Traditional Permacultuer Desig...

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New Video on Seed Saving


Hello everyone, today we released another video about how seed saving will help you and your food forest adapt to climate change. Enjoy! 


One little seed has much potential. It can adapt to your bioregion, feed you, protect the soil and build a more resilient future. Seed saving helps you to localise plants to suit your climate. You can save both annual plant seed and perennials. But perennials are the plants that build resilience and long term survival of the forest. Diversifying the plants in the food forest broadens our options. Seed saving is one the most important tools you can use to create your sustainable food forest.

Patterns Course Notes - Quick Update


Hi everyone, the Patterns course notes in Module 3 have been updated today and a longer version of the patterns video now contains examples of the historical use of the 8 basic patterns. Enjoy 

New Introductory Video to Patterns in Permaculture Design



There are 8 basic patterns taught in a traditional Permaculture Design Course. These are spirals, waves, streamlines, cloud-forms, lobes, branches, nets and scatter. This video encourages you think about the function of each pattern and how to use the pattern in your designs. Being aware and skilled in pattern use builds our ability to read the landscape, modify spaces and build a more productive space utilising natural energies.

NEW Video Introduction to Aquaculture


This short video introduces factors involved in the aquaculture systems in your design.

•Aquaculture is a vital part of a holistic growing system
•It is a quick-grow option for small designs
•Requires close management and expertise


New Video about difference between Organic and Permaculture


This short video discusses some of the issues in our popular cartoon image of Organic and Permaculture at https://permaculturevisions.com/difference-between-organic-gardening-and-permaculture/ The 3 things that make Permaculture different: It has an ethical core. The test is: if it isn’t good for the earth and good for people in a fair share, then don’t use it. Each site is design to imitate Natural Systems. Permaculture uses biological resources and natural energies and observes the clever ways nature responds and adapts. Nature cycles the energy resulting in now waste. Efficiency is Natural. Permaculture uses a set of Principles, Strategies and Techniques Integration is Key Permaculture uses organic gardening practices but it goes beyond. It integrates the garden and home to create a lifestyle that impacts less on the environment. The Permaculture garden is more than an organic garden. Although organic food production often has many innovative elements, a Permaculture designed garden joins each of the elements into functional relationships. Being Mindful Permaculture design is mindful of our relationship with our environment. We see we are living in a period of energy resource limits. And we acknowledge that emissions are contributing to the heating the planet. Many of us are feeling the changes and seeing our environments polluted. Whilst a few wealthy people have the resources to ignore climate change, most of the world’s people cannot. Rich people can relocate, get air-conditioning, and import truck-loads of water. But even the wealthy cannot fix nitrous oxide build-up or save their beach homes from collapse. Big, Little, and More Permaculture thinking can be applied to many physical and social structures. It is energy-wise and collaborative to minimise the impact of a culture on the surrounding environment. A good permaculture design has great potential. It can connect neighbours. The biggest Permaculture site in the world, The Chikukwa Project, has helped the whole community. Permaculture design has: Focus on closing the nutrient and water loop by using waste, and reducing the dependence on inputs. Creation of healthier soil and diversity of produce.Our Permaculture Design and Demonstration Site. Responsibility for waste. There is an aim to eliminate waste. i.e. no excess nitrogen nor weed seed, released. Variety keeps residents engaged and excited about growing their food. Imitating nature by conserving the soil and water, and genetic capital. There is an intensive use of space. Plants are allowed to set seed and are inter-planted for pest control. You are unlikely to see food plants in rows. The permaculture site will look more like a food-forest with some open glades full of herbs and perennials. Optimisation of natural energies, e.g. wind, dust, leaves, bird droppings. Nutritious food and habitat for people AND native animals and birds. experimental permaculture chickenDependence on observation. Permaculture design is a mixed technology. Bill Mollison (co-founder of permaculture movement) said that permaculture, like a bicycle, it is adaptable and has great potential but is only as good as the user. Minimal risk. If we fail at permaculture, nature simply takes over. The soil will continue to heal, the forests grow and someone else can step in to rebuild our efforts.

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