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An introduction to permaculture


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An introduction to permaculture

  1. 1. An Introduction to Permaculture Graham Bell & Sandy James Quarries Farm, Bangor
  2. 2. Objectives • By the end of this course, participants will be able to: • Explain what Permaculture is • State its relevance to 5 aspects of their lives • Make a garden in a day • Explain their future development plan • Identify the main useful species relevant to their area • Show the connections between the above.
  3. 3. Objectives • By Lunchtime, participants will be able to: • Explain their preferred model for learning • Name all their fellow participants • Identify their expectations for the course • See and explain the main areas of their lives where Permaculture is relevant.
  4. 4. PERMACULTURE: Designing for a Sustainable Future
  5. 5. Natural Patterns: • Maximise Edge • Use natural successions • Exploit stacking opportunities
  6. 6. Behavioural Patterns • Everything Gardens • Everything is a Gift • Start Small, start Local • Yield is Unlimited • Minimum intervention for maximum return.
  7. 7. Minimum Intervention • Do Nothing • Increase Throughput • Biological Intervention • Mechanical Intervention • Chemical Intervention
  8. 8. Energy Pattern • First: Harvest Energy • Second: Conserve Energy • Only then: Use Energy
  9. 9. Some other Patterns – Relationships • Maximise Relationships • Diversity of Elements • Duplicity of Function • Maximise Energy Usage between source and sink • Learn about them • Relative to Place