After taking Geoff Lawton's Online Permaculture Design Course, I'm trying to adopt as much of my design exercise as possible.
I live on this block of land in a half a converted garage with my family. We do not own the land. Each permaculture element I add is on a permission basis. I am able to utilize several large areas on the land. I have plans for expansion as well, but that will be based upon how well I manage the land I currently have under my influence.
The landowner’s have a small garden in and around the southern part of the house. The northern part is natural and thus desolate and dry. They would seasonally weedwhack & burn piles of annual growth on the rest of the land right before evaporation exceeded rainfall or at the start of the dry season. The land is mowed or weedwacked with the trees regularly cut back as well.
At the moment the land is in flux. I’ve been teaching myself permaculture for nearly a year on my own. I read 80% of Bill Mollison’s epic manual which is somewhere between collegiate & graduate in its level in my humble opinion. I really needed a teacher to help interpret the text for me; Geoff Lawton did just that. I’ve been able to confidently move forward and fix my mistakes here on this land. As it stands, I have documentation of its development throughout.
I started out gardening the land only in a fenced off slope facing N/E doing row crops. My first year was novel & fun. My 2nd year had gophers and realizations. Since then I’ve been trying to improve my skills. Nowadays I’m seeking high nutrient density foods for my family and food self reliance. I’ve expanded beyond the confines of the fenced garden. I’ve added animal elements: a shepherd dog, goats, guinea pigs & chickens (both layers & meat birds). We plan on adding ducks & pigs as soon as possible. I began “swaling” before the course “by eye”... big mistake. I’ve had to redo a lot of digging and earthmoving since then. I’m currently implementing a transitional plan where I’m improving the areas I have under my control in hopes of expansion. My design will include elements I’ve put in as I’ve been taking the course as well as what I plan to add to it. I will also add in an ideal situation design.
Obviously this site has a large problem: the house is at the top. The current landowners are new to Permaculture. I cannot use excavators onsite. I have to seek permission for each element I add to the property. As it stands I’ve been able to do many interesting things.
Animal elements: goats (1 milking nubian doe, 2 angoran wethers), chickens (7 meat birds, 25 layers, each roosters), meat rabbits (m&f), ducks (m&f), 1 guinea pig & 1 LGD mutt who's wonderful.
I hope to have a way to cleverly connect the two sections, but it hasn't presented itself yet. Likely won't until I finish them both. This area is on the other side of the hill from us.
For more information you can see the full design exercise for my Geoff Lawton Online Permaculture Design Course here: http://powerspermaculture123.blogspot.com/
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