Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Michelle Green says:

    Edges have always been just there…now I can concentrate on their design, change them as i see fit, use them productively and actually understand the whole system.

  • Martha Troutman says:

    This edges lesson as well as patterns is paving the way to stretch our perceptions when we look at the land. I think that there must be books that could give us more detail to put this to work under varying circumstances…?

    • Bret James says:

      Martha – it really does stretch the mind as you say. Probably the best book is Bill Mollison’s Designers manual but even better than that is keeping edges in mind when observing sites and learning more concepts in the program. To some extent the more variety of anything the more edges we create!

  • Oakley Biesanz says:

    I am so inspired by the large permaculture farm example! I hope you will go into more specifics about this. 🙂

  • Terry Nguy-Chang says:

    Wow! This lesson is a real eye-opener, and combined with the patterns lesson, I am learning important design concepts (that I never had in my toolbox) in a such a short amount of time. Transformative! It’s like putting on a new pair of eyeglasses and everything just looks clearer.

  • susan tupper says:

    I’ve always preferred wilder gardens and ones that meandered with twists and turns and not the formal ones so rigid. Never really thought these were edges providing greater biodiversity which is why there was always more to see and discover..I cannot bear a fence bare of creepers and vines

  • Lee Raynor says:

    This lesson has provided many ‘aha’ moments for me, thank you Bret! As I watched it I was looking out my lounge-room window at the various edges in my yard. When you showed the 4 landscapes and spoke of the many edges that we may not have thought of (like soil and sub-soil) I was nodding my head going ‘of course!’. I studied some basic Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yin/Yang theory some years ago and in that theory they also say that where there is an edge, the balance between yin and yang is most dynamic. For example where the sand (yang) meets the water (yin) there is a build up of energy and the possibility for transformation is the highest.

  • Mariah Wannberg says:

    This was my favorite lesson so far because of the creativity it encourages in the design and the inspiration it gives me to be free and celebrate and appreciate natures wild beauty! I watch people attempt to organize everything into perfect lines and rows and to be awakened to the teeming life between the lines invites me to begin looking for the patterns and being more open to seeing things I never knew existed. I’m so glad the edge effect concept was introduced early on.


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