Paul meets with Fred Tyler, Josiah Kobernik, Jen Richardson and other residents of wheaton labs to work on the design to turn allerton abbey into a one acre permaculture paradise.
They discuss the reasons for choosing one acre as the ideal size to set up a system, and the work involved in building a junkpole fence to protect the area to allow a garden to be grown. Paul considers that starting with more than one acre is too challenging but anticipates that many 'Gerts' will end up with two or three acres. Decisions need to be taken on the placement of a pond, the wofatigreenhouse with year-round greywater handling, the access road, the chateau de poo, the hugelcultures and a bermshed to put bicycles, tools etc. in.
Paul is keen to use an iterative design, which is allowed to evolve and change as it is implemented. Once main elements are incorporated, it is important for other elements to fit around discoveries such as the presence of rock or clay. Don't marry the original design.
He wants to work with the slope of the land and use the access road to help feedwater from a drainage ditch into the pond. They discuss how to align the hugelcultures both for improved view and to prevent frost pockets. They consider the use of season extenders over the WOFATI. Paul speculates that future WOFATI would be built over more of a slope which would provide more earth for covering, and would be oriented to allow for a more passive solar design.
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