Perma Observation: The Amazing World of Permaculture: The 3 P’s = C

the amazing thing about permaculture is its world.

the people you meet. the things they do and the projects they are working on. the places they live,.

i call them the all-embracing 3P’s of Perma – People, Projects and Places and they make up the permacommunity.

there is also a strong bond of values. the ethical principles of permaculture provide a triangulated strength of connection that attracts highly effective, truly holistic people.

my personal experience of the permacommunity is how valuable it has been for me. it has  enabled a sense of place for being and for thinking, feeling, living and socialising in ways that are sustainable and regenerative.

the amazing world of permaculture is a very diverse and a creatively inspiring space to be in.

and diversity is without any doubt one of the great keys to Permaculture.

the diversity of the 3P’s is one that is well used and valued. one that culminates in strong resilient Community (C)

its no different here at Milkwood.

an example of this diversity is my past 24hrs.

My Activity Notes –  the diarised flow of my day within a work team of 4 ppl

  • checked the pigs and that their pen and shelter structures are in order good
  • installed 2 grandpa feeders into the chook run
  • carted 3 full wheelbarrows of grass cut from the Food Forest path construction to ‘prime’ the chooks Gravity Run with inputs.
  • moved the 3 rooster boys in the Chook Dome up the hill in Patch 7 – the wind break of the Food Forest construction.
  • installed a mesh fence around 20m2 of 5 varieties of garlic in raised beds – the geese were having a go.
  • installed 5m of trimming pine into the ceiling of the Tiny House for lighting, smoke detectors and light pull switches.
  • installed a hand-crafted recycled timber awning window that weighed 100kg
  • measured up 5m2 of exterior wall framing to enable depth extension for corrugated iron cladding.
  • cut 20m of hillside ground into on-contour swale based 600mm wide pathways for access through the Milkwood Food Forest.
  • Dug out a 250kg boulder from the ground and repositioned it using a pinch bar as a thermal mass element on the ground within the Food Forest.
  • 3 hour of collaborative web-based work flow management

Tools Used List – the tools I used for the job – multiple jobs across multiple tasks

  • hammer,
  • cordless drill,
  • screwdriver,
  • ladder,
  • tape measure,
  • wheelbarrow,
  • mallet,
  • mattock,
  • post hole shovel,
  • crow bar,
  • hose,
  • fire fighting pump,
  • hand saw,
  • rake,
  • ruler,
  • square,
  • straight edge
  • saw guide
  • power saw,
  • a chisel,
  • pliers,
  • broom,
  • caulking gun,
  • pincers,
  • nail punch,
  • g-clamp,
  • tin snips,
  • electric planer,
  • spanner,
  • quad bike,
  • walkie talkie,
  • laptop,
  • multiple online management apps

perhaps there should be a subset to the People Care ethic. That People Care constitutes the value of People, Place and Project.

And that 3P’s = Community (C)

And that C is powered by Diversity.


Perma Food: Trev’s Blood Dip – Food for the Zone 00 and all the Domains

So Trev’s Blood Dip

…. is a combination of foods groups (root vege, nuts & yoghurt) that when combined not only pack a nutrient dense punch but when prepared slowly and with care for taste and texture are amazing.

slow roasted caramellised beetroot and roasted almond dip.

Nutritionally this mix is good for the production of red blood cells (blood) in the bone marrow. the nutrient and functional food values from the combination of probiotics, trace elements, minerals – especially iron and protein combine to be a very good food for the Blood … hence Trev’s Blood Dip.


  • 2x medium beetroots – slow roasted for 2 hrs until shiny caramellised.
  • 1 cup yr choice of nut (here is almond but could use whatever) – slow toasted until yum smelling, chop into small pieces or grind using mortar pestle if you have time
  • black pepper – 2 tsp whole corns ground in a mortar & pestle – use good fresh, bitey pepper.
  • sea salt – 2-3 tsp flakes or granules (good sea salt has a broad mineral & trace element value) – here i used hawaiian pink salt – alalea sea salt – ‘mineral from the land & sea’ they say
  • fresh yoghurt – 5Tbs – here i made a fresh batch using a pre-set method – the greek yoghurt using this method is super yum.
  • egg mayonnaise  (optional) – 1tsp
put all the ingredients into a blender and mix until pureed
adjust the seasonings if desired.
to serve
bake a fresh bread loaf of bread  (use a wholemeal wheat or spelt flour for a hearty textured loaf).
once baked, let cool then toast the bread until its super crispy. cut into bits
to eat
using a teaspoon serve liberally onto toasty bits.
in between morsels have a teaspoon of fresh yogurt.
drink a cup of piping hot (milky) sweet black tea (or hot bevvy of choice)
Tech Notes for Perma Foods:
  • Foods like my Blood Dip here really do provide such incredible nutrient availability for sustained health & wellness. the nutrient and caloric density of these foods makes good ‘agronomic’ sense. when used amongst a variety of foods, functional food dips like this could easily be used as a low cost big-bang staple to reduce the volume (quantity) of food consumed but also the raise the nutritional value (quality). This could only make sense at the level of the value of soil to the need to feed people.
  • The beauty of living by the People Care principle is that you connect to food and to its value in an holistic manner. Preparing a diversity of nutritious food for ourselves and importantly for others – the people we care about – and importantly with time to enjoy and digest it falls into the Domain of Health & Spiritual Wellbeing in the Permaculture Design System Flower (David Holmgren).
  • By maintaining a balance across the Domains and with a good daily practice of permaculture principles I would argue that the Blood Dip is a food that sits squarely for the Zone 00.