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Folder Permaculture Design Course Notes for Canberra PDC

Attached are field guide design worksheets. And below are links for informative posts and video for permaculture topics:

Sectors determine direction, frequency, intensity and effects of natural energies in a space. This topic is covered in this video on energy in the permaculture system 

Whereas Zones aid in placement for efficiency according to need, size and risk.
Patterns and Flow

Trees - pdf of presentation on how they work, and what they do.

Food forest fundamentals for design and care over time - Understanding functions of trees: habitat (people and wildlife) thermal mass, humidity, transpiration and evaporation, temperature modification, water table, erosion control, regenerating soil and biological activity, nutrient cycles, gleying, in-ground wicking systems, water harvesting and storing, nurse plants, creating gaps and glades, layering, coppicing, pollarding and hedging, preserving litter, creating vs infilling ecosystems, enabling self determination/reproduction and increased complexity, useful yields and managing surplus, methods of harvest (some plants drop nuts and ripe fruits whereas others need to be picked), signs of success, movable plants and how some plants move, integrated weed and pest control eg. ferments, liquid manure, poultry, worms and maggots. 

Additional discussion points include: Tree species, native & exotic, and uses, • Energy transactions of trees, • Forest gardening, • Agroforestry, Windbreaks & shelterbelts, Riparian buffers, Grassland management; holistic management, Plant communities / Indicator plants, Orchards, Sustainable woodland management, Guilds and other ways of looking at plant cooperation, Biochar and rocket stoves fuelled by on-site windfalls. Fungi to Bacteria Biomass ratios.

Layers include emergent species, epiphytes and fungi. Image and examples are shown in this post: 
Obtaining a permanent /successive yield - Forest self-reproduction, aging and life cycling, Growing, Foraging, sharing excess - determine how the system is design to respond to changes such as client aging, household downsizing or upsizing, climate change and life cycling within system see design worksheet W48 Design Evolution
Examples of patterns to detail, systems ; micro - macro scale water flow in orchard (smile, pan berms, keeping layers sustained, regeneration and fire practices)
Succession and Bunyas disrupted succession for renewal from annuals to perennials is discussed in this post Video is here: 

The additional resource included is field guide W48 Design Evolution evaluation tool. This is a big picture focus on change, flow and patterns. The structure of the design governs how it is used. 
And W9 Reading Landscape is a guide to build your observation skills for Permaculture design.

File Permaculture Visions Course Guide

Here is our Guide for the Course. Discover how to use the moodle, submit homework and how we work for you.

File Free Course on Permaculture Ethics

You are invited to try our sample course on Permaculture Ethics