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Holistic Planning

Theme:
A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
C. Design
D. Growing food
E. Built environment and resource use
F. Social permaculture
Holistic planning (HP):
Eyes
Hands
Heart
Head
Age:
3-6
7-12

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Growing food Caring for soil Use green manures to improve soil between crops.
Growing food Caring for soil Place mulch on the soil surface (to build a healthy soil), pretend the mulch is a blanket to keep the soil warm and damp.
Growing food Caring for soil Appreciate the abundance and diversity within soil whilst walking barefoot as slow as possible.
Growing food Caring for soil Have a compost party to celebrate the output from your compost.
Growing food Caring for soil Hear a story about how all of life as we know it depends on soil.
Growing food Caring for soil Role play soil - Each person takes on a role of an element of the soil (e.g. clay/sand/silt particles, water, air, organic matter, plant roots, fungus, bacteria), then dramatise how those elements interact in different soils (e.g. compact, dry, wet, rich soil). Compacted soil has no air. At the end create a perfect mixture for growing which is 1/4 air, 1/4 water, 10% organic matter and 40% mineral.
Growing food Caring for soil Learn that healthy soil is 1/4 air, 1/4 water, 10% organic matter and 40% mineral (sand/silt/clay). Make a pie chart about this.
Growing food Caring for soil Find out that "weeds" are indicators of soil condition and can repair damaged soil (as they can establish quickly, protect and restore soil bare soil).
Growing food Caring for soil Discuss the importance of fertile soil and different ways of providing it (e.g. fertilisers, manure, nitrogen-fixing plants, compost).
Growing food Caring for soil Research why people dig, what the effects of digging are and how we can reduce digging by using different plants, not stepping on soil, mulching etc.

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