Weekend two of the Reading PDC focussed on the principles 3 and 4, Obtain a yield and Apply limitations and accept feedback.
Feedback is the force the drives evolution and principle 4 leads us into systems thinking, reminding us that ecological systems gain their stability from a complex web of dynamic inter-relationships, self regulating forces that operate on feedback. This insight is key in the development of the permaculture design mindset.
In considering yields of systems in principle three we explored the idea that each element within the system also needs to meet its own needs so the yields of the system needs to meet the needs of every component.
There is no better example of this use of self regulation and producing yields for every element than Sepp and Veronika Holzer in their work in Austria.
Here the presentations we looked at. Water and soil followed by Succession and forests
And here is Ron Finlay: Growing your own food is like printing your own money. Get gangster with yo’ shovel!
More to follow