We're in the process of developing a permaculture site, combined with a few sustainable homes and a central building for events, work and more. As I always had a very similar approach and was actually starting to develop prerequisites, I am very pleased to see someone else going down the same road. We're still in a very early stage and I would like to do most of the design work myself, to be able to get into it more. As we have a limited budget and will have to raise funds sooner or later to accomplish all the plans envisioned, I would appreciate any input on the financial aspects, funding and related. We are interested to create sort of a research institute and further cooperation with you, your associates and other permaculture institutions.
We are in a place of Germany that still offers remnants of medieval approaches resembling the permaculture principles, with often swaled hedges of fruit trees, berry shrubs and alike planted inbetween agricultural areas. Sadly people forgot about the use and most of it got removed in the 60s; as it is very hilly here, some spots remained. We also have vast planted forests of pine trees with a ground cover of blue berries and ligon berries. It's interesting to see how our ancestors had a similar approach and sad to see the industrial destruction taking place more and more.
Good work you are doing. Send photos. Have you done a good PDC or taken horticulture classes?
What is your background? Working in design is very complex and takes many layers of information to integrate correctly.
Using the database will help you find the correct plants for the site. If some you know are missing, please send me a list so we ca do the research to get them on-line. If you want to accelerate the process and your learning, I would advise using an experienced designer, if you can find one. I admire all the self-starters, but the goal is to get as much experience as possible while getting the site up and running ecologically ASAP. Especially now, things are changing fast.
Depending on the size of your property, a drone map can be helpful. Also, if you have experience in graphic design, get digital design going so you can adapt the design as you move forward. Pencil is great and everything starts there, but getting adaptable design and well communicated strategy needs accurate graphics. We have a strategy all laid out for design process in United Designers files using Adobe Illustrator.
Self-funding is best if you can. Set up revenue streams (5) and take care of yourself and the land first. Get systems set up. Find like-minded people and share the experience and research, not to mention the benefits. Take care of infrastructure first. Good access, roads, and paths. Get the water system set up. Pick only a couple focused projects at a time and finish them. Keep the buildings in good condition and repair everything for long term use. Don’t spend too much money on technology (although I highly recommend a weather station, soil moisture meter, and a good internet provider). Buy good tools, kitchen appliances, and clothing to keep you safe and on the land. Map and document everything with GOOD (cropped and corrected) photos. Feed yourself first and use all waste as food for the soil. What is the name of your land? It needs to have its own entity, as you are the steward and responsible to the land and its future.
Be well. Thank you for contacting me.