Creating a Functional Design


The first step in building a Permaculture garden is to figure out what a Permaculture garden is to you. This might sound strange, but the fact is that there is no one way to build any type of garden, you’ll have to have some idea of what you want to create.




Having a finalized design means you have something to build, it ensures that you have committed your ideas to paper, and to do this they have to have some structure and form. If you’re just entertaining vague ideas, you could end up procrastinating and never designing anything, let alone building something tangible.




If you don’t have a backyard, a courtyard garden or even a balcony garden can be productive.  If you don’t even have a balcony, there is the possibility of taking part in a community garden, getting your own plot, and doing your gardening there.

Combining the best of natural landscaping and edible gardening, permaculture systems sustain both themselves and their caregivers. The ultimate purpose of permaculture—a word coined in the mid-1970s by two Australians, Bill Mollison, and David Holmgren—is to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, from food and shelter to fuel and entertainment.

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A lot of people think they are doing permaculture by growing food, being active in social networks and community banking etc. They might be doing something that looks like permaculture, but unless it has an intentional design, it is permaculture by chance. Permaculture takes chance out of the equation and sets out to make things happen by design.


The video below talks about a functional design for a permaculture garden.

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Dr. Jifunza Wright is a family physician and an organic farmer who has been using food as medicine for decades.

One thought on “Creating a Functional Design

  1. I want to ‘utilize the chickness’ of chickens and the wormness of worms and the onioness of onions. Nice video on design and being intentional. What are our needs? What are the needs of all my relations?

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