Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Carl Gibson says:

    Hazelnuts are my favorite coppice plant. So easy to grow, produce tons of food and burns hot.

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  • Adreena Carr says:

    I love both the practical and moral principles presented in this lesson. There’s a lot that goes into permaculture and a more holistic lifestyle that encompasses so much more than we realize. I feel like David’s principles really grasp you into thinking logically about what to do next and how effectively. I’m so grateful that there’s a community to discuss our plans for a more regenerative future!

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    • Jesse Rubendall says:

      Love this and could not agree more! Nice to have these principles as a foundation for a sustainable lifestyle & future

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  • Kelly Clausson says:

    Thank you! Iโ€™ve been observing barefoot after rain, as I live in the suburbs, I eventually want to rent my home in a couple years, but still would like to practice and work with I have. Is it better to just plant around where the water naturally collects, instead of digging a swale? Or is this even an option?

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    • Bret James says:

      Kelly, well it kinda depends on what you are planting and if it is okay with standing water. Swales help store and infiltrate water into the soil in location where we want the water and help divert water away from areas where we don’t want water (such as a foundation of a building). Later in the program we dive into swales!

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  • Amy Bang says:

    Thanks for sharing some of your “mistakes”/lessons you’ve learned in the process. The small and slow solutions principle will be very helpful for me i’m sure!

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  • JENNY OLSON says:

    I would love to learn how to route gray water to the gardens

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  • JENNY OLSON says:

    The more lessons I complete, the more I think about changes to make. I’d love to learn how to use route gray water to the gardens.

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  • GREAT LESSON! with a lot of insights and practical examples, thanks!

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  • Laci says:

    I really loved this lesson! It’s a little a lot to take in but certainly eye opening. I felt convicted about some areas of my life that need adjusting. This course is already so much of what I’ve been looking to do, create less waste, be happy with less/what i already have…
    I was super excited about the system using gray water. I can’t wait to learn more ways to be sustainable and ways to utilize resources so nothing gets wasted and nothing has a single use.
    My favorite principle listed was number 12, but only because i’ve spent much of my life saying it. Someone would look at me strangely when they saw materials i’d have for a project and i’d tell them that they need to look beyond what it is and see what it could be.
    Most of my life I’ve felt like i was born in the wrong time, which i proceeded to ignore as i grew up. I guess so i could function in a way that felt expected of people in general. Now i feel like in my life over the last few years I’ve been unlearning some of those things and allowing myself to do things differently.
    Thank you for this course. I was scared to do it but it seemed like everything was pointing me in this direction. I’m not scared anymore, i cant wait to get started and do my part to be a better steward of my temporary spot in this world. Thank you for showing me how.

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  • Monika Ujvari says:

    I like so much the way you explain things, is much easier for me to understand. I’m so happy to learn from you. I was looking for a long time for a course like this and I can’t describe how happy and exited I am.
    Amazing principles, very easy to understand and hope I will apply perfectly
    I can’t wait to put everything on practice!

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  • Facundo Pina says:

    Hi, this lesson was amazing. I cant find the slides or pdf resources, I read somewhere there are. Could you please indicate? Thanks a lot

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    • Bret James says:

      Yes Facundo – the first lesson in each modules (1.0 for example) called “Cliffs Notes” has a PDF download with some rough and dirty notes for the lessons ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Andreas Timotheou says:

    The principles really got me excited; there is a lot of wisdom here. Can’t wait to learn more

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  • CJ Musick says:

    Love the principles. Thanks for taking the time to cover them!

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  • Rhen-Elyse Brosseau says:

    I find this profound and beautiful. Each principle feels to be a broad truth that rings true for personal, psychological “human things” as much as global, ecological “nature things”. The parallels that can be drawn are striking to me. I can very much imagine how personally healing this process could be, as one puts these principles into practice in nature, and then observes and interacts with a physical representation of their inner landscape. Or at least that’s how I’m forecasting this will go down for me! Inspiring stuff.

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  • Loren Vansant says:

    This lesson was truly interesting. Seeing the original 5 and then the additional 12 really breaks it down into smaller pieces to make it easier to understand and implement. I truly love how it ties in Nature and humans to show the balance of each of them needed to thrive.

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  • Cassi Haines says:

    I really like how you laid out this foundation. Great lesson!

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  • Patrick Sant says:

    Excellent lesson; will ensure this is referred to over the coming months and years.

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  • Martha Troutman says:

    Permaculture and patience seem to be a symbiotic interaction! haha… that’s what I got out of this : )

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    • Bret James says:

      Yes Martha, very much so. Funny enough, patience is not my strength, so it seems fitting that my life karma gave me permaculture as a purpose ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Liana Smith says:

        me also – i am still working on patience gardening and being maybe too passionate when teaching it to my kids because it is all important!

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  • susan tupper says:

    best lesson so far for me – the 12 principles in particular I shall be revisiting. Also like that you add your own experiences of your failures and successes…

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  • Penni Cowham says:

    So your saying itโ€™s best to know the principles and ethics off by heart to be able to go back to anytime, so remember to apply in all areas

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  • Kate Linares says:

    This lesson makes me so excited for what lies ahead. I love the reminder to start small and continue to make observations in order to have the most success. I am a teacher, and we are often reminded to make haste slowly. That by starting slow the most can be learned. I am so grateful to you for this opportunity to learn at my own pace and go back and repeat as needed. I also love how these principles are applicable to all aspects of life

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    • Bret James says:

      Fantastic observations Kate. I enjoyed the “make haste slowly” idea you share which indeed is the same as permaculture teaches.

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      • Saundra Weaver says:

        I am so happy we are all here to learn and are taking baby steps at our own pace toward more sustainability. I can easily get overwhelmed so I have made a mantra that is rhythmic in my mind: and it goes something like this, ” just keep moving, and take one step at a time.” In other words, no rush, don’t panic… which with this covid19, everything has slowed down and it feels so good to me in my little world.

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    • Lorraine Ciccarelli says:

      I love this too because at the moment, I have a small roof top garden but was excited about expanding, but now I realized I should value the smallness of it so I can learn to properly do it with out wasting so much time and money. It’s easy to get excited.

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  • Jennifer Hadley says:

    This is definitely my favorite lesson so far. It really delves into the deepest aspects of why I want to make this holistic transformation, not just for my land, but for my entire life. It was truly informative and inspirational!

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  • Mariah Wannberg says:

    LOVED this lesson. Bill’s principles are so soul-communicative if that makes sense. Spoke straight to my core. I am inspired and excited.

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