Week One
(Page One)
If you have not read the Introduction Page,  please do so before continuing.

Week 1 - Introduction 
Hello, and welcome to week one of the Intro to Permaculture Course!  Please watch these videos about the Course Overview and Permaculture Basics to get an idea of the week one content.  These videos are some of the actual ones used in the OSU Course.

Learning Outcomes-
By the end of this week you will be able to:
1-Define Permaculture
2-Express Reasoning for Permaculture
3-State Permaculture Ethics
4-Connect Content to Geographic Location 

Task-
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, please make sure to complete the following:
Week 1 - Pinpoint Your Location & Introduce Yourself
Week 1 - Statement of Intent Discussion
Week 1 - Design Site Map Activity  
Week 1 - What is Permaculture?



Registration
Clink on this Link to Registar.  Then go to Google Maps and Pinpoint the Location that you will be designing. Take a screenshot of this location.  For Info on how to take a Screenshot Click Here.   Enter the Introduction Discussion Board and Introduce Yourself.   Post your first name, the city/town you live in,  the screenshot of your Pin-Pointed Design Site and tell us why you decided to take this course.  We look forward to meeting you! 
Several times throughout the course, you will be asked to go to the Forums.  Each time the Instruction will label the link as that particular Discussion.  The First Discussion is called the Introduction Board. Enter Here: 


Week 1-Overview and Basics
In these videos, basic information is given to get you started. We look at the definition of Permaculture with a bit of history of the word.  We look at the overall design process and fields of study that inform Permaculture.  Finally, we look at the four part Permaculture Decision Making Matrix which is the basis of the information in this class.

Permaculture Definition-
Now that you've pinpointed your location, it's time to get started learning about Permaculture!  In this video, we define the word, and talk about it's origins. 

Featured Links:
The Definition of Permaculture: An Interview with Bill Mollison
https://www.context.org/iclib/ic28/mollison/

Wikipedia Permaculture Definition:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture
 

In the video, we make reference to Permaculture's co-founder, Bill Mollison. You can read a great link to an interview with Bill in the featured links provided above where he talks about the Permaculture definition. We also make reference to water, food and shelter systems. A system is defined as " a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole." So when we refer to water systems, we're recognizing that the way we design for water on a Permaculture site takes into account its' many interconnections, with soils, trees, water tables, the atmosphere, and wildlife.







Let the Fun Begin

Andrew's Magic Drawing Board
What is Permaculture


Permaculture Design Process -

We're going to look now at the overall process of the Permaculture design System.  Permaculture is  Multidisciplinary and Multi-faceted, which makes Permaculture very dynamic, but also makes it hard to define.  This video explains the wide array of influences and outputs of Permaculture Design.

Featured Links:

Holmgren's Permaculture Flower

This video unites a number of diagrams that have been circulating Permaculture Design Courses, texts, and media outlets for many years, including David Holmgren's Permaculture Flower linked to in the featured links above. You will notice many analogies to the tree in this course, as the form of the tree provides so many opportunities to understand how nature works and how the Permaculture design system is modeled after nature. 

Permaculture Decision-Making Matrix- 

This video consolidates the Permaculture design process into four distinct parts: topography, sectors, zones and principles. These are the major topics we will be looking at in this short introductory course.

The Permaculture decision-making matrix is a term and structure coined by Andrew Millison, but only represents a repackaging of Permaculture design process that is explained by Bill Mollison and many great teachers and practitioners. This decision making tool is useful as a basic outline of the main tools used in Permaculture design.  

The Permaculture decision-making matrix is a term and structure coined by Andrew Millison, but only represents a repackaging of Permaculture design process that is explained by Bill Mollison and many great teachers and practitioners. This decision making tool is useful as a basic outline of the main tools used in Permaculture design.