Permaculture is a design science for creating regenerative foodscapes that provide an abundant diversity of nutrient dense and organic food. The design of these landscapes requires a detailed understanding of the form and function of natural ecosystems and the strategic application of this functional diversity to profitable permaculture farm systems. This resource walks you through the understanding of permaculture philosophy and the application of it to the design of regenerative foodscapes.
Welcome to the Agrifutures Permaculture Design Masterclass. It is our pleasure to share with you the world of permaculture design and the application of it to creating regenerative foodscapes.
This resource is intended as an introduction and overview of permaculture design, for greater detail and to apply permaculture to the creation of site you can enroll in our Permaculture Design Certificate course.
I do hope you find this resource useful and inspiring. I have also included a bonus module on creating healthy homes and have provided a link to join our Facebook community.
The first stage of a permaculture design is a detailed site analysis to obtain the information on climate, topography, water, soil, market factors and owner requirements and resources which will create the framework for selection of productive plant and animal species that will be used in the design.
The intention of a Permaculture Design is to create regenerative foodscape modeled upon the form and function of natural ecosystems. By creating harmonious agro-ecosystems that look after the health and well-being of natural ecosystems and our communities, we can use our creative potential to take our role as beneficial stewards of Earth's health and resources. Permaculture is a design science, aimed at developing within people a solutions-focused, positive-mind-set.
The production systems used in a permaculture design should be carefully selected to perform the nest within the environmental and topographical context of the farm site, provide a good return to the owner, while creating an environment that nurtures those that exist within it. Soil should also be enriched through production, so that yields increase in quality over time and provide nutrient dense foods to provide health and well-being to those that consume them.
Careful management of a permaculture farm is required to maintain succession of plant communities to states preferred for optimal production, in addition to movement of livestock. A farmer should have along term view for increasing diversity and productivity by restoring the health of the farm ecosystem and setting in place management practices that increase soil fertility and provides economic diversity and resiliency.
Healthy Homes Module
Online Permaculture Design Certificate
In this course we guide you through the philosophy behind permaculture design, creating detailed maps, identifying sectors, zones, developing production ideas in different areas and integrating all these ideas (in combination with an analysis of soil, climate and market factors) into a diverse and inter-connected production system that will provide you with a year-round abundance of nutrient dense and organic produce.
This course is filmed largely on a 150 acre permaculture farm in Whanganui, demonstrating a wide range of permaculture design ideas in action and integrated with commercial scale production. Learning is supported by detailed EBooks on each topic, learning activities, email support and a Facebook group.