Dan Palmer

Holistic Management and VEG: Part Three – Putting Your Holistic Context to Work

In Part One of this series we introduced Holistic Management and went through the process of defining a whole under management. In Part Two we looked at articulating an Holistic Context for that whole under management, using VEG’s holistic context as an example. Now, in the third and final installment, we tackle the fine art of leaping back into the flow of life and… Putting your Holistic Context to work […]

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Holistic Management and VEG: Part Two – Articulating an Holistic Context

Click for larger view In Part One of this series we introduced Holistic Management as a decision making process in use by VEG and the first step in applying it — defining the whole under management. Now, we move on to consider… Articulating an holistic context This is where the real work begins. What Savory in the past called the Holistic Goal, and nowadays calls the Holistic Context, is the […]

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Holistic Management and VEG: Part One – Defining the Whole Under Management

For the last several years, VEG has been using something called Holistic Management as its core operating system. It has been a game changer and a blessing, and here, as well as sharing how we have applied it, I want to have a go at explaining what it is. After a brief introduction, I will go through some of its core aspects, using the VEG example to: communicate the essence […]

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Woodend VEG Design Process Example (Victoria, Australia)

A few weeks back Dan Palmer completed a VEG (Very Edible Gardens) preliminary permaculture design consultation in Woodend, Victoria, Australia. Here he shares the process. The VEG Design Process The diagram above summarises VEG’s approach to permaculture design, and unless you are particularly interested in such matters, just notice the four main phases — observation (of people and place), design (concept, then detailed), implementation, and management. Here we’ll show how […]

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The Permaculture Design Process – An Example

Dan Palmer Photo © Craig Mackintosh Some weeks ago Dan finished helping run a permaculture design course he has been developing for the PRI Kotare Village, NZ (Koanga Institute) at Kotare Ecovillage near Wairoa, New Zealand (read more about these projects here and here respectively). We had 24 participants and a key part of the course, just like in our VEG PDCs in Melbourne, is working in small groups through […]

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Eaglemont Project Matures (Australia)

During the Christmas break VEG’s Dan & family paid a social call to customers-become-friends Julian & Linda in Eaglemont, Victoria, Australia. We documented the large-scale design and implementation project we completed for Julian & Linda last year (see the design and during photos here and some shots of where it was all at about 10 months ago here). The place is maturing beautifully and we took a few happy snaps […]

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VEG Design Solutions, Part Three: How to Drain a Duck Pond Without Getting Poo on Your Hands

Dan Palmer Photo © Craig Mackintosh by Dan Palmer, Very Edible Gardens The Site-Specific Design Problem The problem was how do you drain a duck pond in a way that directs the overflow to the same exit pipe as when you drain it totally doesn’t involve reaching your hand to the bottom of a pond full of duck poo lets you easily drain out every last millimetre of sludge, and […]

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VEG Design Solutions, Part One: the Chicken/Fox Filter

by Dan Palmer, Very Edible Gardens When designing edible gardens, a site-specific problem will often crop up. One of the most enjoyable aspects of permaculture design for us is devising site-specific solutions to those problems. In this short series we give four examples, all bona fide VEG originals, with a new one each month for the next four months. Part One – the Chook/Fox Filter The Site-Specific Design Problem In […]

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Visiting an Urban Permaculture Installation, Five Months On (Video)

by Dan Palmer, Very Edible Gardens Two days ago Dan and Will returned to a large VEG permaculture design and implementation project that was completed about five months ago. Via the videos below, take a virtual walk about the front and back yards — warts, ducks, giant silver beet, gorgeous connected multidimensional abundance and all! You can also check out the design and before, during and after photos of the […]

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