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Holistic Planning

A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
C. Design
D. Growing food
E. Built environment and resource use
F. Social permaculture
Holistic planning (HP):

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Design Analysing what you found out Express how each person in the group feels throughout each stage of the design process.
Design Analysing what you found out Discuss the functions of different types of patterns (e.g. branching pattern for collection and distribution)
Design Analysing what you found out Each person creates a card with one element (which may be in the design) and list all the potential inputs on one side and outputs on the other side. See if you can join up outputs from one element to make an input to another element. Is there a way to place them to enable these connections to be made?
Design Analysing what you found out Work out your 'limiting factors': list all the things which might limit your design (what problems might you encounter e.g. summer holidays, money, skills).
Design Analysing what you found out Become familiar with vocabulary such as analysis, tool box, input, output.
Design Designing and deciding See adults using permaculture ethics and principles to make decisions
Design Designing and deciding See a model design made by children or adults using permaculture principles and ethics.
Design Designing and deciding Create simple permaculture designs using a recognised design process (e.g. SADIMET, survey, analyse, design, implement, evaluate, tweak). Choose a pattern which is most likely to meet your function (e.g. branching pattern for paths). Try using that pattern in your design.
Design Designing and deciding Make cardboard cut-outs (to scale) or 3d models (e.g. building bricks). Play with moving them about in your design.
Design Analysing what you found out Chose two elements, which may be in the design, to dramatise. Children are split into four even-sized groups - inputs and outputs for each element. Each child becomes either an input or output of their element. Dramatise to show how an output from one element can become an input to another element.
Growing food Food forests Play a game (e.g. with cards) matching the needs with the outputs for different elements in a food forest.
Growing food Food forests Be involved in designing and planting a food forest.
Growing food Food forests Maintain a food forest through removing tree guards, pruning, chopping and dropping 'weeds'.
Growing food Food forests Make non-food products from a food forest (e.g. dye clothes, weave baskets, beeswax candles).
Growing food Food forests Value diversity in the food forest through story or song.
Growing food Food forests Visualise walking through a food forest and foraging different types of plants, herbs, honey, roots and more, and collect into a beautiful basket to share with other people in the local community.
Growing food Food forests Sit quietly in a food forest, listening, drawing, writing poems etc.
Growing food Animals in permaculture Notice what wild animals are eating, and what their homes look like.
Growing food Animals in permaculture Watch cows, sheep or goats being milked by hand, and have a try if interested.
Growing food Animals in permaculture See a natural bee keeping system.

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