Introduction to Urban Permaculture
Gold Coast Permaculture
WELCOME!
What is permaculture?
Permanent agriculture
Ecologically sound
&
Economically viable
Provide for their own needs
Sustainab...
Permaculturedealswith:
Permaculture Design
Permaculture Ethics
• Care of the Earth
• Care of the people
• Share of surplus
Moral beliefs and
actions in relation to
s...
Care of the earth
Care of all living & non living things:
• Soils & Athmosphere
• Species and their varieties
• Water, For...
Care of people
Basic needs for:
• Food
• Shelter
• Education
• Satisfaying
employment
• Convivial human
contact
Fair Share
Contribution of surplus:
1. Time
2. Money
3. Energy
to achieve the aims of
earth and people care.
Permaculture Principles
“Thinking tools that allow us to re design our
environment and behaviour”
Design
Principles
Relati...
1. Relative Location
“We must put it in the right place”
Chicken Pen close house & garden
Wind break – Stop wind but not s...
1. Relative Location
Working relationships between each element
• Inputs needed by one are supplied by other
• Outputs nee...
2. Multiple Functions
Each element in the system should be chosen
and placed so it performs as many functions.
Pond in the...
2. Multiple Functions
Water plants used as fertilizers
3. Multiple Elements
Basic needs such as:
• Water & Food
• Energy & Fire
protection
Should be served in two
or more ways
D...
4. Efficient Energy Planning
Zone Planning
Placing elements
according to
how much we
use them or how
often we need to
serv...
4. Efficient Energy Planning
Sector Planning
Understanding
the direction
from which:
sun, wind, fire
and flood
come helps ...
4. Efficient Energy Planning
Slope
Observe relative elevations to
decide on the placements of: • Dams &
water tanks
• Drai...
5. Using Biological Resorces
Plants and animals do the work for us!
Animal Tractors
Umbelliferous
&
Composite
Plants
Natur...
6. Energy Cycling
Catch, store and use!
Composting kitchen wastes
Thermal mass
Strawbale
&
Superadobe
Natural
BuildingLeav...
7. Small-Scale Intensive System
Fully develop the nucleus before going on!
Time stacking
8. Accelerating Succession and
Evolution
Raise organic levels artificially
Plants
that will
easily
survive
Using
what is
a...
9. Diversity
Functional connections between elements
9. Diversity
Guilds - Placement of species which benefit each other
10. Edge Effects
Productivity increases at the boundary between two
ecologies. Resources from both systems can be used.
He...
11. Attitudinal Principles
“You don’t have a
snail infestation,
you have a duck
deficienty”
11. Attitudinal Principles
Permaculture is not energy or capital intensive.
Permaculture is information-intensive!
If we t...
Permaculture Ethics in our own lives
• Long-term consequences of your actions.
• Natives X Invasive species
• Intensive sy...
Local Great Resorces
• Gold Coast Organic Growers
• Botanic Gardens Benowa
• Community Gardens GC Council
• Food Connect B...
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Intro to Permaculture Gold Coast Permaculture

  1. 1. Introduction to Urban Permaculture Gold Coast Permaculture WELCOME!
  2. 2. What is permaculture? Permanent agriculture Ecologically sound & Economically viable Provide for their own needs Sustainable in the long term Do not exploit or pollute
  3. 3. Permaculturedealswith:
  4. 4. Permaculture Design
  5. 5. Permaculture Ethics • Care of the Earth • Care of the people • Share of surplus Moral beliefs and actions in relation to survival on our planet.
  6. 6. Care of the earth Care of all living & non living things: • Soils & Athmosphere • Species and their varieties • Water, Forests & Animals Active conservation Ethical use of resources Working for useful & beneficial systems
  7. 7. Care of people Basic needs for: • Food • Shelter • Education • Satisfaying employment • Convivial human contact
  8. 8. Fair Share Contribution of surplus: 1. Time 2. Money 3. Energy to achieve the aims of earth and people care.
  9. 9. Permaculture Principles “Thinking tools that allow us to re design our environment and behaviour” Design Principles Relative Location Multiple functions Multiple Elements Energy Efficient Planning Using Biological Resources Energy Cycling Small Scale Intensive Accelerating Succession Diversity Edge Awareness Attitudinal principles
  10. 10. 1. Relative Location “We must put it in the right place” Chicken Pen close house & garden Wind break – Stop wind but not sun Worm farm close to kitchen Gravity for natural water flow
  11. 11. 1. Relative Location Working relationships between each element • Inputs needed by one are supplied by other • Outputs needed by one are used by other
  12. 12. 2. Multiple Functions Each element in the system should be chosen and placed so it performs as many functions. Pond in the backyard Habitat for birds
  13. 13. 2. Multiple Functions Water plants used as fertilizers
  14. 14. 3. Multiple Elements Basic needs such as: • Water & Food • Energy & Fire protection Should be served in two or more ways Dam near house in case of fire Moringa as a perennial food tree Water harvesting from roof into water tanks
  15. 15. 4. Efficient Energy Planning Zone Planning Placing elements according to how much we use them or how often we need to service them.
  16. 16. 4. Efficient Energy Planning Sector Planning Understanding the direction from which: sun, wind, fire and flood come helps in the placement of structures and vegetation.
  17. 17. 4. Efficient Energy Planning Slope Observe relative elevations to decide on the placements of: • Dams & water tanks • Drains, flood & flow diversions • Place wastewater
  18. 18. 5. Using Biological Resorces Plants and animals do the work for us! Animal Tractors Umbelliferous & Composite Plants Natural fertilizers: Comfrey & Leguminous
  19. 19. 6. Energy Cycling Catch, store and use! Composting kitchen wastes Thermal mass Strawbale & Superadobe Natural BuildingLeaves raked for mulch
  20. 20. 7. Small-Scale Intensive System Fully develop the nucleus before going on! Time stacking
  21. 21. 8. Accelerating Succession and Evolution Raise organic levels artificially Plants that will easily survive Using what is already growing
  22. 22. 9. Diversity Functional connections between elements
  23. 23. 9. Diversity Guilds - Placement of species which benefit each other
  24. 24. 10. Edge Effects Productivity increases at the boundary between two ecologies. Resources from both systems can be used. Herb Spiral increase edge and micro climate Keyhole & Mandala Gardens
  25. 25. 11. Attitudinal Principles “You don’t have a snail infestation, you have a duck deficienty”
  26. 26. 11. Attitudinal Principles Permaculture is not energy or capital intensive. Permaculture is information-intensive! If we take the time to read, observe, discuss and contemplate, we design systems which save energy and give us yields. WELCOME TO OUR URBAN PERMACULTURE COURSE!
  27. 27. Permaculture Ethics in our own lives • Long-term consequences of your actions. • Natives X Invasive species • Intensive systems X Extensive systems • Be diverse, polycultural for stability or change • Bring food-growing back into the cities • Promote community responsability • Reafforest earth, restore fertility to the soil • Recycle all wastes • See solutions, not problems • Work where it counts
  28. 28. Local Great Resorces • Gold Coast Organic Growers • Botanic Gardens Benowa • Community Gardens GC Council • Food Connect Brisbane • Griffith Logan Refugee Community Garden • Northey Street City Farm Brisbane • Djanbung Gardens Nimbin • Yandina Community Gardens • Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm

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