TODAYS LESSON: Site Assessment
Principles Observe and Interact & Design From Patterns to Details
You will begin the design process today! Learn the basics of conducting a site or system assessment. In permaculture, a proper site assessment is critical to the success of the design. Today you will be introduced to some permaculture site assessment tools, gain an understanding of existing systems, hone your observational skills, determine what needs analysis and how to recognize the patterns of the systems in order to design.
Prepare to be outside and dress for the weather accordingly. Prepare for cold, wind, rain, snow, sun. Please bring boots or work shoes and a change of shoes to avoid tracking mud and dirt into the classroom.
The Permaculture Forest Gardener Series will teach you how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden. Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted in layers of edible species of trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, roots, vines, and fungi. Over time they become diverse ecosystems that produce abundant food and medicine for people; food and habitat for wildlife; areas for nature exploration and learning; soil regeneration and carbon sequestration systems; community building opportunities; and peaceful places for reconnecting humans and nature.
The Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden, designed & installed by The Resiliency Institute volunteers on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm beginning in 2013, will be the outdoor classroom where you will gain hands-on experience with:
- Site & Human systems Assessment
- Plant Selection & Installation
- Maintenance: Weeding, Watering, Fertilizing
- Harvesting & Preparation (Food, medicine, value add products)
- Hibernation/Composting/Mulching – closing the loop
For those choosing to take classes individually, and not registering for the series, it is recommended that you take the first class: Introduction to Permaculture on February 12th. Permaculture is a philosophy for designing resilient systems for lifestyle, land, and community. The ethics of care of people, care of the earth, and fair share guide our thinking and actions when creating any permaculture design, whether for our garden, our business, our community policies, or our family dinners. You will learn how permaculture design applies to all of these scenarios and how it can be used to create systems of regeneration and abundance from soils and food to financials and economy to friends, family and free time.
Instructor: Jodi Trendler, Co-Founder & President of The Resiliency Institute
Series Dates: 2nd Sundays of the month 9:30-12:00
Feb 12 Mar 12 Apr 9 May 6 (Sat) Jun 11 July 9 Sep 10 Oct 15
Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren
(eBook available here)
The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell (available from instructor)
Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway