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I had a discussion with a colleague a few days back about Permaculture qualifications and certifications.  He had a great idea that permaculture needs an evaluation process.  An exam, if you will.

No bureaucracy.  No required hours of this and that.  No leaving students baffled at how to proceed further.  Just a simple evaluation process in which a person can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject of permaculture. 

I really liked this idea of his, so I went ahead and made this little quiz.  I hope you enjoy.

1) Which of the following is NOT a permaculture principle

a - Set limits to consumption and population growth

b - The problem is the solution

c - Everything Gardens

d - Work with nature rather than against it

2) Of the following, the most accurate definition of permaculture is...

a) earth love in action

b) organic gardening

c) Self- sufficiency

d) decision making protocols

3) What is the difference between a swale and a ditch?

4) True or False:  Sectors influence design more than zones.

5) Which of the following is a design methodology?

a) Using a system that worked somewhere else

b) Functional Analysis

c) Make the least change for the greatest possible effect

6)  Which principle is exemplified by composting?

a) Design from pattern to details

b) Observe and Interact

c) Produce no waste

7)  Which principle(s) can be applied in hunting wild game?

a) Use and Value renewable resources

b) Integrate rather than segregate

c) Use edges and value the marginal

d) Observe and Interact

8) The permaculture means of invasive species removal is:

a) biological

b) technological

c) spiritual

9) Give an example of each of the above means.

10) True or False: It is possible to stack all the functions of chickens if they are in one single place all the time.

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Hi! I really enjoyed this quiz and i would like to share my answers so maybe i can be corrected. My experience with permaculture so far has been WWOOFing , watching Geoff Lawton DVDs, and i am at the beginning of Holmgrens permaculture principles book. I hope to have my design course completed this upcoming year! Im not sure how i will do on this so please provide some feedback for me so i can learn!! :P

3)a swale is specifically constructed so the water soaks into the land underneath and is built along the contour
4)FALSE : from what i know zones requires more designing and sectors has to do with harnessing energies?

7)okay this was tricky for me, A)I'm not sure if hunting wild game is considered a renewable resource, is it?
B)are we integrating wildlife into our system rather than putting up fences for example? not sure
C)not sure maybe for traps?
D)definitely observing and interacting
8)Im not sure if i understand the question but if i do its biological
9)I did not understand what you were asking here
10)False:i think in order to benefit all functionalities of chickens you need to rotate them 

definitely didn't get them all right but hopefully not TOO many wrong haha, thanks this was fun for me.

My answers!

1. A.

2. C.

3. swales are constructed to hold water in a place and distribute the water slowly throughout the landscape and ditches are constructed to move water from one place to another. 


5. C

6. C

7. D


9. ??

10. FALSE. 

Thank you for taking this quiz. 

Here are the answers:

1) a

2) d

3) a swale is designed to infiltrate water (on contour or very slightly off contour) and a ditch is designed to move water at the surface

4)True - sectors always win.  Zones are relative to human location.  They don't exist until humans are there.  Sectors kill humans all the time.  Sectors are the guides for design.



7) a b c d - all of these priniciples are exemplified in hunting - unless of course the species being hunted is threatened, endangered, or a keystone species!  Integrate yourself into the environment.  Edges are where most wild animals eat, hunt, etc.  Wild game is a renewable resource.  They will keep making babies year after year.  Observe the pattern of the game, interact with it by (reverently and thankfully) turning it into food (and other things).

8) this question was pretty broad.  I meant for the answer to be A.  It definitely depends on the situation.  Using biological means is the way to go most of the time. (i.e. turn blackberries into goat milk and/or bacon, bullfrogs into eggs n legs, slugs into duck meat, plastic into mushrooms, etc.) The problem becomes the solution, and functions are stacked.

9) This question is tied to question number 8.  Like give an example of how invasives can be removed via biological means.  How about via technological means?  How about spiritual means?

10) False

I hope this was helpful.  I will try to make more of these hush puppies for yall. 


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