Permaculture IV VSS107
DescriptionExtend your permaculture design skills. Learn to design and manage a comprehensive permaculture system. This course integrates allaspects of permaculture into the design and management of a comprehensive and balanced system. The course covers an overview of permaculture, energy efficient building alternatives, waste disposal systems, recycling, natural watering and sustainable energy alternatives, and designing for natural disasters. You will also undertake a full scale major design project using the knowledge obtained from the course and utilising the learned techniques. Course Aim
The subject brings together all aspects of permaculture into design and management of a comprehensive and bala…
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The subject brings together all aspects of permaculture into design and management of a comprehensive and balanced system. This subject is relevant to both the home gardener and the commercial grower.Course Structure The ten lessons are as follows:
- Overview of Permaculture - Definition of Permaculture, understanding plant names, environmentally safe pesticides, zones, sectors and cycles in Permaculture design
- Buildings and Permaculture : The alternatives - Indoor/outdoor buildings, storage facilities, building materials
- Buildings and Permaculture : Integration into the Environment - Essential elements for houses in different zones, energy conservation, alternative energy sources
- Waste Disposal - Liquid waste, grey water, blackwater, waste disposal and recycling, nitrogen in waste
- Recycling - Composting, waste water recycling, conservation and recycling, council recycling
- Designing for Natural Disasters - Fire, flood, cyclone, tsunami, biotecture
- Natural Watering - Water efficient gardens, mosquitoes, windmills
- Indigenous Plants and Animals - Wildlife management, birds in the garden, suitable native plants
- Preparing Management and Development Plans - Planning and managing a garden, Permaculture design, work schedules
- Major Design Project - A in depth design project for both your own residence and another property
- Develop knowledge of the alternative materials and features available for buildings in permaculture systems.
- Understand the role of buildings in the permaculture environment.
- Develop knowledge of the range and function of waste disposal methods suitable for permaculture systems.
- Understand the role of recycling in modern society.
- Develop knowledge of how to design for natural disasters.
- Develop knowledge of water efficient irrigation techniques.
- Understand the role of indigenous plants and animals in permaculture systems.
- Develop skills in preparing management and development plans.
- Perform a major design project.
- Go to nurseries and agricultural supply companies and inquire about environmentally safe pesticides. Write a report on these products.
- Explain the methods available to someone who wishes to control pests, diseases and weeds without using potentially dangerous chemicals.
- Observe the construction process of a building or structure that involves some type of earthworks (eg, roads, dams, etc).
- Briefly write a short report on mud brick dwellings. What are the benefits of this in of structure? What are the disadvantages?
- Take a photograph of your home or residence. Discuss your residence in relation to designing with consideration to the environment (eg. does it efficiently utilize sun and shade, is it energy efficient).
- Describe the importance of house design in relation to location, eg. tropical region of Queensland or west coast of Tasmania.
- Contact the local council or health department and inquire about allowable use of waste material in your area. Consider asking about grey water, septic tanks, use of effluent and animal wastes, etc. Write a report to 250 words on the task.
- Contact and obtain information on composting toilets from a manufacturer. Compile this information and use it as a personal reference.
- Contact the local council or health department and inquire about recycling methods available for residents of your shire. How has the council encouraged recycling?
- Find a home site (which has an existing home on it, or is planned to be built on), whi