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I posted this to my other thread but I would like feedback on this design particularly. I apologise that it's in French, but I think a permie knows what's going on

There are classrooms to the East, housing to the West, a terraced pit garden in the center and rows of crop and good forest around that. But I know there's got to be some really good stuff I'm missing.

Oh, and there will be a pigeon house in there somewhere.

   
 
 
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This looks AMAZING, Nathanael!

are you going to put stairs down the terrace levels, or will they be low enough for a single step down?

Compost/vermicompost station?

I tried to think of twenty more things to suggest, between these two threads, but I came up empty - the design is great.
 
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Thanks so much Dustin!

The terraces are about 50 cm tall, so I think I will add a step in between each one.

Compost: I don't really like doing compost. With all the trees everywhere I just figure I'll mulch. If I need garden soil I scoop it up from under some trees. But I'm open to being persuaded otherwise: Why must one compost? It's a question that deserves its own thread really.

What do you think?

P.S. People at the residences will, of course, compost, but I will leave the placement of said pile to their discretion.
 
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I agree that I also prefer mulch, but if it's hard to grow/import sufficient biomass, or your community has a problem with food/agricultural waste(I know it's not likely, need wise, but sometimes there is a cultural component), then might as well take advantage of the resource.

Also if you have scavenging/foraging animals it might be hard to compost-in-place under mulch, as it is easier to dig up/eat.
 
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We do have one huge agriculture waste product: peanut shells. There's mountains of it outside the village. My experience is that they decompose better when buried, so I'm still planning my intense forest project with a foot of buried peanut shells. Even though there's loads of it, transportation can still be labor intense.
 
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