DVD Review “Intro to Permaculture Design” Geoff Lawton

I put off watching this one, because I wasn’t sure I would get much out of an intro video. There was not much in the way of things that I hadn’t seen before, but it was also much more entertaining than I thought it would be. If you are brand new to permaculture, this will give you a fantastic overview, and will get you excited about permaculture.

Intro to Permaculture Design

Major Concepts Covered in “Intro to Permaculture Design”


Permaculture Ethics: Earth Care, People Care, Return of Surplus


Stacking Functions: All elements in your design should have multiple functions with positive interactions that enhance other elements in the design. This is the brilliance of permaculture design.


Polyculture: Multiple plants grown together in a planting guild, mimicking nature.


Zone Planning: Geoff has some great graphics to really explain this concept well. He talks a lot about the spatial relationship of your elements, and placing them strategically to eliminate trips.


Patterns: Again, mimicking the patterns on nature into our permaculture designs to take advantage of energy flows.


Edges: They do a nice job in this video demonstrating the “edge effect”.


Aquaculture: They show some nice scenes of aquaculture, but again not near enough detail. I did really enjoy the miniature mock-up of a swale and dam setup with a level spillway.


Trees: They are essential for soil building and condensation.


Soils: One thing Geoff said that really stuck with me was, “We can’t be sustainable unless we are creating soils.”

Be Sociable, Share!


Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!