Family meeting in 2014 (post first written 11.6.2021) In March 2014 we gathered together at our home in Espoo with our kids. We had found Iso-orvokkiniitty in February and had decided to buy it if possible. We wanted to know what our children thought about it and what ideas or wishes they might have. We made a mind-map together which you can see on the right. The mind-map consists mainly […]

Prelude This article will be a little different because I think I need to tell what I planned to do and started doing but didn’t finalise. Maybe this chapter is not really a part of the design but it is a part of my design path. Anyway I am publishing it now on 5.5.2021 but I am pretty sure I will come back to it for editing. In the previous […]

If you have read through the previous 3 articles about the site (see above) and 60 DEGREES NORTH, 23 EAST you should have a pretty good picture of where we are and what has happened so far (until January 2021). In this article I will analyse the site from one more perspective: what are the different planning areas we should look at either as a part of the master design […]

In most cases you will see that zones come before sectors in permaculture design. I felt more comfortable doing it the other way round as sectors are purely observations and zones already include an element of design and they relate directly to what we are doing in our site rather than what natural forces are at play. Still describing zones in a site is in the first stage about observation […]

In my first PD article I described our natural geographic situation so it would be easier for the reader to understand where we are, from a natural, geographic and climatic point of view. In the second article I tried to describe ”where we came from” i.e. the historical background of the place and region. In this third article I am still in observation mode with sectors and after that will follow zones. […]

This article is part of Erkki’s Permaculture Diploma Portfolio. Part of it was written already in 2015 when I first started writing our permaculture design. Of course a lot has happened after that and I have updated it to today’s situation. In my first PD article I described our natural geographic situation so it would be easier for the reader to understand where we are from a natural, geographic and […]

I am keeping this diary – which I started on 12.1.2020 – as a web-site page instead of a blog posting. It is open for anyone to read if interested in my Permaculture Diploma path. As such it is an appendix to my DPA Mainpage and quite “deep” in the web-site. No need for it to jump up on social media. I am writing it backwards so if you want […]

Karjalohja Karjalohja, where Iso-orvokkiniitty is located, is situated in the western Uusimaa region 85 km west of Helsinki, south of the main E18 motorway between Helsinki and Turku. From Iso-orvokkiniitty it is 70 minutes drive to Helsinki. The closest town and the municipality to which Karjalohja belongs is Lohja to the east which has a population of 47000. The former Karjalohja municipality  (merged to Lohja  in 2013) has roughly 1500 inhabitants […]

Our coordinates at Iso-orvokkiniitty in Karjalohja are lat 60° 13.985′  lon 23° 41.966’. So we are in South-West Finland 85 km west from Helsinki. 60° North is pretty north if you look at the world map. Apart from Helsinki and southern Finland, other places that are roughly at 60° North are Stockholm (59°), Oslo (59°), St Petersburg (60°) and Anchorage (61°). However if you would travel around the world on the 60° latitude […]

=> Courses, workshops, visits attended = receiving <= Courses, workshops, visits given = sharing (“with Erkki” means he was the main teacher) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Andreas Jonsson’s Site based design of his smallholder farm in Skåne, Sweden. <= 22.4. & 28.4.2018 Shiitake inoculation workshops at Iso-orvokkiniitty with Erkki. <= 6.5.2018: Mehiläisempää mehiläishoitoa ylälistapesillä -kurssi (Course on Beecentric Beekeeping with Top-Bar Hives) at Karjalohja Village House “Kehrä” with Erkki (7 participants). => 19.5.2018 […]