integrating biodynamics and permaculture - blended families

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  1. opalblue

    opalblue New Member

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    :laugh: hi there, i'm new at this board. ive been trying for years to work out an easy way to blend biodynamics and permaculture on our 25 acres in east kurrajong. 6 acres are certified organic after soil testing clear and are being pasture improved with lupins, cow peas and broad beans. our house plot is managing with chook power and compost but i think i still have a long way to go .i'm looking for a group to join up with. years ago there were perma groups west but i dont know of any now. there is earthcare at the local uni which eric brocken is involved in.
    any hints?
    from an eager earth lover
     
  2. d_donahoo

    d_donahoo Junior Member

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    hey there.

    this isn't a bad little list. i suggest you'll get some responses, but not necesserily answers to all your probelms.

    i'd say that the complex nature of permaculture and biodynamics means that combining them is both easy and hard.

    it depends on what you are after - surely some elements of steiners biodynamics like composting and soil improvement and pest management could be simply used as part of a permaculture system. it all depends how much of a purist you want to be.

    i'd run a permaculture line and basiclaly say, have a go, see what happens, keep the good bits that work well together, get rid of the bad bits and keep observing, interacting and improving the system.

    cheers and welcome

    dan d
     
  3. Geoff Lawton

    Geoff Lawton Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi There
    biodynamics (bio? life-dynamics) fits into permaculture just like a coat hanger fits in to a wardrobe and we in permaculture design wardrobes.
    This particular coat hanger is a good one and could be used to hang up a very high quality farm coat, but your wardrobe has many coat hangers with many types of garments, including all your fancy gear. A well designed wardrobe has a shelf for hats and a draw for socks and undies and it even has a mirror on the front of the door so you can see how you look dressed up before you go out in the world.
    You can hang your coat hangers on a rope or you can design a wardrobe specific to your needs.
    Cheers Geoff :cool:
     
  4. d_donahoo

    d_donahoo Junior Member

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    cheers geoff.

    you are right. systems design means that with a bit of planning biodynamics can fit soundly within a permaculture system - you've just gfot to design it right.

    solutions! solutions!
     

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