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Designs and Projects

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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Latest Activity: May 13

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.

Discussion Forum

A rural lawn food forest in New York State-open to suggestions! 1 Reply

Started by Marcela Szwarc. Last reply by Bill Wilson May 13.

How to make a nursery bed for my grafted trees 4 Replies

Started by Janice Turner. Last reply by Janice Turner Apr 2, 2018.

Be water-wise - learn how now

Started by Yury Smirnov Jul 1, 2017.

Permaculture in Russia: creating a pond system

Started by Yury Smirnov Jan 23, 2017.

Mentoring and planning advice in Gordon, WI 1 Reply

Started by Joel Baird. Last reply by Bill Wilson Sep 11, 2014.

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.

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Comment by Daniel Halsey on November 25, 2011 at 11:09pm


I would say that the CAD programs assist in the final artwork, but not so much in the design process. Paper is the best way to concept the design, build the relationships, and play at a scale not easily done on the screen.Cheap copies can be made at OfficeMax for under $4. Thay can put it on a drive for you too.

I hope you find a program you like.




That said, I sue Adobe Illustrator and will be teaching an advanced design class using CAD, but everyone needs to start with a big sheet of paper.

Comment by Ernest Rando on November 25, 2011 at 8:33pm

While I love drawing designs by hand on paper sharing digital copies of work that is in the design process is soo nice, does anyone recommend any computer programs to help aid in this process? Also I am a new member here and living in Northwest Indiana and would love to meet other Permaculturists in the area, I will be attending the winter PDC

Comment by MARK HAY on November 6, 2009 at 11:34pm
Mobile Greenhouse
I've decided to try thr movable greenhouse idea here in my neck of the woods in the Ozarks. I have ordered a 20' X 32' greenhouse that I will use to cover at various times of the year, a 96' tract of land in a straight row. This is using the idea from Eliot Coleman out of Maine for 4 season gardening. Who has a great yet simple idea for moving this. I've seen wheels on tracts (expensive), wood skids, metal glides. How would you guys attack this ? Also I plan to put up several rows of low tunnels beside the greenhouse, 6' wide, 30 " tall at the center containing 2- 30" rows each. Who has had experience with these, and how did you vent these, and how did you hold down the covering?
Comment by Bryce Ruddock on July 28, 2009 at 8:27pm
Jody I left a comment on this at the 4 day forum site. The link works when you type it in but can't be attached at a ning site. I had a similar problem with some of the 4 Day links that I had provided. To fix just contact Milton. Bryce
Comment by Jody Luna on July 28, 2009 at 2:05pm
Nope...not working
Comment by Jody Luna on July 28, 2009 at 2:04pm
It was the same article I posted in the 4day forum...I was work at school yesterday...I'm going to try to repost the link again from home.

Comment by Bryce Ruddock on July 27, 2009 at 8:14pm
That link does not work for me either. What is it about? There seem to be a lot of links about several topics related to that url.Maybe one of us can track down the link if we know the topic.
Bryce Ruddock
Comment by Bryce Ruddock on July 27, 2009 at 7:57pm
Jody I have had no problem signing onto their email or accessing info on their site. Maybe its an internal computer problem on your end? Bryce Ruddock
Comment by Jody Luna on July 27, 2009 at 4:19pm
I'm having issues making this link work:

Comment by Jody Luna on July 27, 2009 at 4:15pm
Hey fellow Chicagoans I've just read an interesting article:

Check it out and let me know if you are interested in joining me with this project. I'm thinking that if I can get enough help, I would try to get started in the next couple weeks. While it may be too late to start anything from seed, there's plenty of time if we have seedlings or small plants (I think I have a contact to get them pretty cheap). Contact me if you'd like to join me!!

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