Diploma apprentice’s name Erkki Pöytäniemi Date Apprentice started Diploma May 2021 Project Title Design 4 – Forest Garden Design Number 4/10 Date Design Started 2015 Date Design Completed 2024-03-31 Has the Design been implemented? yes Online Link to Design (if available) Design 4.2: Forest Garden – Erkki ‘s Permaculture Diploma Type of Design Land Based Design Framework GoSADIMET Design Category Land & Nature Stewardship. Tools used Ethics to state vision, […]

16 Nov

I originally wrote this chapter as a part of Design 2: Energy at Iso-orvokkiniitty, which originally was broader than just energy. Therefore the Needs chapter was broader than what is necessary for just looking at the Energy. So not loose that text I am putting it here as a separate background article. Our Needs The house where one lives relates obviously to ones needs, some of them basic. An article […]

Approved 16.9.2023 – No editing after that. This design was started in June 2021 as “Water and Making Ponds”. After reviewing it in June 2023 I decided that the design is too big and should be divided in smaller bits that are easier to manage. The largest part of the design is the Ponds at Iso-orvokkiniitty (this design). Other designs evolving from the original could be “Household water system at […]

This is the third design in my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design Portfolio. I started writing it in early 2022 and first published it 3.5.2022. The second version was published in spring 2023 and the final in October 2023. APPROVED 16.11.2023 (no edits after that) Index My path from Beekeeping to Caring for Bees I had bees for a couple of years in the late 1970’s when I was in […]

I first published this article on 10.2.2022 but as usual it was not final. I had written the Vision, Needs and Observations of the current situation, evaluated how it works and possibilities to tweak. I came back to the design in September 2023. Now I decided I need to narrow down the scope from “Buildings and Energy systems” to “Energy at Iso-orvokkiniitty”. Possible spin-offs (i.e. other designs) are “Water and […]

6 Jan

I published this article first in Finnish on iso-orvokkiniitty.fi on 4.1.2021. Here I used Google Translate for translation which worked surprisingly well (you could actually use Google translate to read our Finnish articles and mostly make sense of them). I have corrected obvious translation errors and done small updates but basically the text is as the original text. In the summer and autumn of 2013, the decision matured for us […]

24.8.2023: I decided that the “Water and Making Ponds” is too wide in scope and therefore difficult to structure in a sensible way. I am making a revised design just about the ponds: Design 1: Ponds at Iso-orvokkiniitty. That opens the possibility to make separate designs about I am moving this to Background articles. I am starting to write this on 8.6.2021 as the first actual design in my Diploma […]

Forest Garden with focus on PA-8 UNDER HEAVY CONSTRUCTION (2023-11-05) I started this design on 11.7.2021. The main reason was that some decisions about maintaining and developing our forest garden needed to be made. The general ideas of agroforestry, forest garden and experimenting with different fruit and nut trees was an important part of our thinking from the very beginning. We planted trees already the first summer we were here […]

My path to the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design (DPA) Content Background I have done my PDC course in France at Le Ferme du Bec Hellouine in August and September 2014. I have reported about the course in Finnish in our blog at that time (pre-course, 1st week, 2nd week). My reasons to take the PDC course at Bec Hellouine were two-fold: to take the course on a professional permaculture oriented […]