To strengthen permaculture design skills Aleksandra has applied for 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.
This design is about publishing a book. About writing and illustrating, formatting and selling, starting a company and fulfilling a dream. But it’s also about realizing own potential, sophistication of skills, creating cultural capital, popularization of permaculture, establishing alternative sources of income, acquiring new skills and knowledge and learning to reach out for help to people around me.
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.
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 from defining your wishes and needs for the place, through gathering relevant data, processing it and making decisions and to implementation place. I firmly believe that the overall long-term success of the design depends on how thoroughly the observation and analysis phases were executed. 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.