Output 3: Brook End - Designing for Family Resilience
The aim of this output has been to produce a permaculture design and achievable implementation plan for my family's 4 acre smallholding that allows for maximum self-reliance, biodiversity, beauty and benefit to the community. I have crafted this report to share my learning so that it can be of most benefit to other designers, smallholders and Gaia University associates, illustrating design tools, resources and processes that I have found useful in my journey.
I first explore what self reliance and resilience really mean to the family, before reflecting on the design processes used. I highlight tools I have used to enhance the effectiveness of my observations before designing and how surveying takes us beyond the land and contours to the heart of our desires.
I then summarise my processes and learnings from the 'master overview' of Brook End as an ecosystem itself, to the dynamic smaller systems within it. Looking at the details of maximising the catching and storing energy through zone analysis and appropriate soil, water and sewage management. Obtain a yield explores our material resilience through poly-livelihoods and section 6 illustrates our responsibility to our wild cousins. Finally I summarise these design decisions and present an implementation plan before reflecting on my learning from this output creation.
There are several links to external in-depth design reports, they are for interest only and I do not expect the reader to read them all, however they will hopefully be useful and become multifunctional resources for the permaculture community.