To strengthen permaculture design skills Aleksandra is taking a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design with Nordic Permaculture Academy. This process is based on self-managed planning, work and learning. As a result, a Diploma Portfolio of minimum 10 Designs should demonstrate proficiency in Permaculture design and a thorough understanding of the Permaculture ethics and design principles.
Making a design for your entire homestead is an exciting but a highly responsible task. Luckily, there is an abundance of design tools and methods that help steer your way. This design is about defining which systems we need, where they shall be placed and how they shall interact with each other and in a sustainable manner.
Designing the first forest garden of your own is a thrilling experience. Getting to plan the plant guilds, the different layers from ground covers to climbers and watch it grow significantly in just a few years is a wonderful adventure. This project is about transforming 100m2 of lawn into a small forest garden that can sustain a family of five with perennial vegetables and berries.
In this design, 560 m2 of lawn are used to establish a permaculture fruit orchard, focusing on fruit and berry production, and biodiversity. A small mini-kiwi orchard is planned as a try-out for potential future business endeavor. Big focus on variety of herbaceous flowering ground covers as a means to attract more varied insect life.
The project goes in depth into the theory of composting and identifies the most practical and useful solution for a specific given situation.
Can you spread information and knowledge without any online presence? Is it enough to have a website? Do you absolutely have to engage in social media? This design studies how to establish an online presence that doesn't conflict with one’s values.
A two-fold design: what should be changed in our cooking routines to make them more in line with permaculture ethics? As well as, sharing some of the traditional Slavic recipes with a hope to inspire more diverse use of tradiotional crops.
The design covers rain collection and irrigation, drainage and storing water in landscape.