"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
Today I will be sharing my thoughts on Principle One Observe and Interact. Some of this may resonate with you or you may find the principle meaningful in a different way. For expert information on this and other permaculture principles you may want to check out David Holgrems site.
Good permaculture design is developed through careful observation of, and reflective interaction with, the natural systems present on a site. This process happens both over time and through learning experiences which are formed by repeated interactions with those natural systems.
Over time a knowledge base of increasingly effective interactions with those natural systems is developed. However we can observe the same thing as someone else, yet “see” it differently - from our own perspective and through the lens of our own values. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder acknowledges there is no right or wrong in nature just difference.
Like the other permaculture principles this principle can be applied to a range of systems including; organisational development, social development, interpersonal relationships, education, and of course food production.
A couple of examples of this principle in action around our property are:
Our property is in wallum country. We have sandy soil that runs down to a hard rock surface that gets waterlogged in the heavy rains and the water sits between the rock and soil. Shortly after we bought the property a six month drought ended with very heavy rain. A few weeks later we needed to hire someone to slash our property, as we had yet to buy a ride on mower. After observing the person we hired to do the work bog his tractor on our property, we have been very careful since buying our own not to use it on certain parts of the property directly after heavy, soaking, rain.
Are you familiar with permaculture? How do you apply the principle Observe and Interact in your life?