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If you have designed, or better yet implemented, any sort of permaculture related projects, it would be great to share them here with others. Designing something is one thing, but by implementing it we usually learn a whole lot more.

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About "Designs and Projecs"

To post a design or project just click on the "Start Discussion" button at the bottom-left of the Discussion Forum box. And it's easy to add pictures, just click on the little camera in the tool bar at the top.

I have asked one of our PDC Graduates, Tom Bowes (pictured), to host this section of the website.

He lives in Warren, MI and graduated from our Aug.09, Columbiaville, MI, course. He is an expert in solar PV installations and is well versed in many other areas as well. Thanks Tom.

Best... Bill Wilson

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Permaculture in Russia: creating a pond system

Started by Yury Smirnov Jan 23.

Mentoring and planning advice in Gordon, WI 1 Reply

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sky lights, bird feeders and ducks 5 Replies

Started by Ann Sebring. Last reply by Ann Sebring Jun 21, 2014.

Elementary School Education for gardening and permaculture 5 Replies

Started by Randy Jamrok. Last reply by Randy Jamrok Feb 22, 2014.

Free Hugelkultur Beds for Growing - River Falls, WI

Started by Midwest Permaculture Feb 5, 2014.

"Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change" Booklet 1 Reply

Started by Randy Jamrok. Last reply by Randy Jamrok Jan 20, 2014.

Midwest PDC Students Return to Africa to Teach and Build

Started by Bill Wilson Oct 30, 2013.

Suburban Permaculture Design -Northwest Indiana. Small Space. Tree replacement. 5 Replies

Started by Randy Jamrok. Last reply by Randy Jamrok Oct 22, 2013.

Sepp Holzer Workshop 2012 1 Reply

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Updated Olla Project Information 7 Replies

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Comment by Yury Smirnov on January 23, 2017 at 10:58pm

An introduction to Russian Permaculture design! 
Watch the video (English subtitles): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cH8jWaeoYQ

Comment by Ernest Rando on October 20, 2012 at 10:44am

Check out this Aquaponic Kickstarter Campaign http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/odysseyinititative/the-odyssey-... and please pass it on if you can't contribute, aquaponics is kind of a personal interest of mine! Thanks

Comment by Randy Jamrok on July 18, 2012 at 8:09am

Cool. Thanks, Milton!

Comment by Midwest Permaculture on July 17, 2012 at 7:58pm

Looks great Randy! Time will tell... - Milton

Comment by Randy Jamrok on July 15, 2012 at 8:58pm

Did some bud grafting this weekend on a crab apple tree. Got the buds from an apple tree in my step-grandmothers' yard. Do they look OK?

I followed instructions from a nice grafting pamphlet I got from Lehman's.

Comment by Ernest Rando on April 10, 2012 at 8:39am

Comment by Midwest Permaculture on April 9, 2012 at 11:09am

Fantastic Ernest and Megan...!!!   Very creative thinking and excellent pictures that describe what you are doing.

To others:  If you don't have time to read Ernest's post, do check out the slideshow.

I feel like a proud teacher... Bill

Comment by Ernest Rando on April 8, 2012 at 11:07pm

Just thought I would share a quick post. It is my Blog post from AGreenerIndiana but the Slideshow at the end has some kuul pics!

So I ran into a small problem this spring. I will be moving in June and so had to redo my plans for spring planting. I decided to do start some containers so that hopefully they will be easy or at least manageable to move in June with me. So here is what I did. 

I decided to plant in several containers, plant in a straw bale, and start some veggies in a cold frame. Not only that but I decided to Hugelkultur my containers and see how that works. Seeing as how one of the biggest problems of container gardening is the soil drying out, I decided to put some sticks at the bottoms of the containers in the hopes that they will soak up and hold onto the moisture and also compost and provide nutrients to my plants. 

I did this for a few containers and I also decided to do this to a straw bale. I cut out some straw so as to make a deep hole, stuffed in some sticks, and top off with soil. 

Also I decided that in the containers I would add in a mini worm tower. In short I threw in a handful of some worms from my compost bin and put in a plastic tube in the center of the container where I can put in some finely chopped food waste scraps in the hopes that the worms with thrive, eat the food, and leave their castings in the soil. Thanks Bill from Midwest Permaculture for the Hugelkultur enthusiasm and thanks Jon, from Honeybird Farms for the practice in building Hugelkultur beds.

Here is a Link to the Slideshow of Pics.

Comment by Ernest Rando on November 26, 2011 at 9:23pm

thanks I know what you mean when it comes to paper, I like some graph paper, I have actually been using Gimp which is an open source version of photoshop, I no longer have photoshop, and to be honest I think using the crayon in Microsoft paint is fun as well, I just didn't know if there was a common program out there that was being used, I haven't ever used a CAD program and when I did drafting about 15 years ago it was all by hand. thanks though

Comment by Thomas Bowes on November 26, 2011 at 7:48pm
Ernst,

I often use the drawing tools in Microsoft Word to do overhead views of a project. The scale can be set at 1mm per inch, foot, yard, or meter as needed and 11x17 paper can be used for larger projects.
 

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