This was a two hour session as part of a six-weekly course introducing people to food growing on the Grow Your Own Garden Course in Glastonbury.
- To understand why design is important when planning a garden
- To learn basic surveying methods
- To learn how to make a base map of an area
- To learn basic design decision making and analysis tools
- To introduce the principles of permaculture and ecological design
- To have a basic understanding of the SADIM design process
1. Welcome/forms. Why design? (Group popcorn, write brainstorm on whiteboard)
2. Introduce SADIM
Ask the group: What kinds of things do they need to survey? Make collective list then hand out a base map checklist.
Client interviews. Ask people what they need to think about? Give them client interview questions. Allow them to ask Co-op Members about their desires for the space.
3. Making a base map
Ask why a base map is needed. Introduce TOADS.
4. Introduce basic measuring tools incl. Measuring tapes & wheel. Introduce pacing with outside exercise.
5. Do spectrum line of confidence then separate into small groups to map the yard outside. Task is to create a very simple base map.
6. Come back to the main room and introduce the analysis stage. Introduce the concepts briefly then give handouts. Including: principles of ecology, relative location/zones, sectors, limiting factors
7. Learners then return to small groups to make basic design decisions. Emphasise its a very short exercise just to get a flavour. Ask learners to present their designs where possible.
8. End with very brief quiz to test learning
– Why design?
– Name 3 analysis tools
– Name 3 things on a base map
9. Close & evaluation forms