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Creating a “Final” Design

I wrote my Site Assessment with great zeal and motivation. It was relatively straight forward– gather information, of all kinds; write it down. Took awhile, but then I was done. Felt done. Then I moved into the Analysis phase with … Continue reading

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Creating Guilds from Native Systems

Artwork by Casey Cripe I recently, finally, got down to doing an exercise I had meant to do for months– examining one of our local native ecosystems in detail and trying to imagine how it might translate into a human … Continue reading

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Bill Mollison says patterning is the heart of design, and design is the heart of permaculture, so I dutifully read straight through Chapter 4 “Patterns,” even though it was a slog which took me over a month to complete. I … Continue reading

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Moving into the Design Process: Exploring Placement

After completing my detailed analysis of elements, I felt a mindblock. Where to go from there? What next? I have so enjoyed the open-ended feeling of the assessment stage, I am almost hesitant to start actually making decisions. And how … Continue reading

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Jan. 28 — the first half of Chapter 4: Patterns, up through 4.10 Feb. 4 — the second half of Chapter 4 Feb. 11 — Chapter 6: Trees (it’s a relatively short one) Feb. 18 — the first half of … Continue reading

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Functional Analysis of Elements

After the site assessment and general focus stage is done, you should hopefully have a long list of desired elements. Now the fun part comes– figuring out where to put everything for optimum functioning of the design. This is the … Continue reading

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Balancing Fantasy with Reality

Permaculture is self-proclaimed “positivistic.” I like that about it, it gives us a hopeful way forward in some very discouraging times. But as I’ve come along with thinking and dreaming about my own permaculture site plan, in the context of … Continue reading

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