10. Wild and healthy

For my 10th and final design for my diploma, I’ve chosen to build on two of my previous designs. So this design links my health (My health and well-being –Design 4) and my garden (Food from my garden design – design 2 )

The ‘wild and healthy’ design is about growing, sourcing and using wild foods and herbal remedies to support a specific health issue, the prevention and care of the common cold.

I have chosen to select from all the design processes and design tools that I’ve discovered along my Permaculture path. I will be choosing the methods and tools that I’ve found most enjoyable, useful and effective.

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Designing the design process

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Design summary and reflections

DESIGN Wild and healthy
SUMMARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve chosen to work on a final design that builds on two of my previous designs. So this design links my health (My health and well-being –Design 4) and my garden (Food from my garden design – design 2 )

 

This design is about growing, sourcing and using wild foods and herbal remedies to support a specific health issue, the prevention and care of the common cold.

 

I have chosen to select from all the design processes and design tools that I’ve discovered along my Permaculture path. I will be choosing the methods and tools that I’ve found most enjoyable, useful and effective. I will be using my own design process again; Reflect, plan, create, refine. This time I won’t use this in a way that is so closely tied to the monthly cycle. I will be developing my ideas and really refining which permaculture tools I select to use at each stage. I’m aiming to make a concise and fast permaculture design process that I can use going forward post my diploma.

 

WHAT DID I LEARN ABOUT PERMACULUTRE FROM DOING THIS DESIGN? I started with a detailed reflection on all the permaculture design processes and tools that I’ve tried over the course of my journey to date. That was a very interesting and useful exercise. I learnt that many tools overlap, and that you don’t have to use them all in order to do a good job!
WHAT DID I LEARN ABOUT MYSELF FROM DOING THIS DESIGN? ·      That I enjoy studying and researching

·      That I am really interested in wild foods and herbal remedies and I have a desire to learn more

·      That I can work well under time pressure and thrive on deadlines.

HOW HAS THIS DESIGN HELPED ME? ·      Its helped me learn more about the wild foods and remedies that are growing in my local area

·      Its helped me to plan future changes and additions to my garden

·      It’s helped me to feel more confident about managing the healthy of my family.

·      What I have learnt via my research has helped me and my children get over colds, coughs and the flu this winter.

·      It has helped me to refine the Permaculture design process into a manageable system that I feel will use post diploma

WHAT WENT WELL WITH THIS DESIGN? ·      I really enjoyed the research I carried out. The online courses were super interesting and left me wanting to know more.

·      I enjoyed working with maps of the local area and my garden.

·      It was fun working on a land-based project again after a year or so of just doing non-land projects.

WHAT DID I FIND DIFFICULT WITH THIS DESIGN? The timescale was definitely challenging. I didn’t have very much time left to write up the design before my FPA. So set myself a six-week limit. This was really challenging as this design could have spanned years! I found it hard to hand in a design that had not yet been implemented. All my other designed had been implemented, so this one feels like its still in its early stages to me.
WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS FOR THIS DESIGN?

 

To begin implementing the changes designed in my garden

To begin harvesting and processing local wild foods at the appropriate times throughout this year and beyond

 

WHAT ARE MY LONG TERM GOALS AND VISIONS FOR THIS DESIGN? To put this design into practice

To continue using this design process post diploma to help me with changes in my life that requires designing.

To keep using permaculture post diploma!

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