This week’s blog post presents a permaculture design report. It is a real case example of a design I have created for a friend. But first, let’s start with the basics so you know what to expect in the report.
Permaculture Design Process
Permaculture is a design science rooted in the observation of natural ecosystems and applied to create landscapes that are healthy, resilient and that provide for people’s needs.
- The permaculture design process starts with defining the project objectives and expectations of the people who live on site. The result will be a list of desired elements to implement on the property.
- Then starts a thorough observation of the landscape, as well the analysis of physical and seasonal attributes. The goal is to understand the influences that the land is exposed to and work with them rather than against them.
- Then the design work itself can start. The designer will identify the inputs and outputs of each element and connect them together to create closed-loop systems. This means that outputs and waste products of an element become inputs to another element, just like in natural ecosystems.
- The next step in the design work consists in adequately placing the elements on the landscape and relatively to each other. It is to optimise the closed-loop systems and natural flows of energy and nutrients.
- Once the mapping is finalised, the last step consists in selecting suitable species of plants and developing an implementation and maintenance plan.
Feel free to read more about permaculture concepts in our ‘About permaculture and sustainability’ section.
About the report
So now about our report. The design project applies to a 116-acres property located in cool temperate climate in South East Victoria, Australia. And the purpose of the design is to develop a self-sufficient permaculture farm that can be home to a community of 10-12 people in the event of a major economic and/or ecological collapse.
We have progressed up until step 4. and will finalise the finer details of the design as well as complete step 5. next time I’m back on site. I will publish the end result when ready.
For various reasons, we intend to start the implementation work end 2019 – early 2020.
I hope you enjoy and let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions on the design thus far.
Happy reading !
Note: The photos in the report have been compressed to a maximum to fit the upload limitations. If you wish a higher resolution copy, feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org