"In the modern world, during the last hundred or so years, there has been an enormous and historically unique shift: away from self-reliance and towards organization. As a result people are becoming less self-reliant and more dependent than has ever been seen in history. They may claim to be more highly educated than any generation before them; but the fact remains that they cannot really do anything for themselves."
~Dr E.E. Schumacher
Right now in my permaculture studies I have reached the point whether the rubber hits the road. I am preparing my site assessment base map. To reach this point I have had to do quite a bit of preparatory work. The course requires participants have access to a client site, so assessments and plans can be carried out. For this course my husband and I are the clients.
So to reach this point I had to:
- Develop an understanding of permaculture ethics and principles and how they can be applied to a given situation
- Understand the client's needs - so looking at what we need and want from our property - our wish list as it were.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of: -
- Food miles - including what food can be sourced locally
- Ecological footprint
- What is really in the food we buy at the supermarket; this included looking at :
- The extrusion process used to make packet cereals
- What happens to the nutrients in raw milk when it is processed
- Develop a client brief
- Develop a plant database of plants that will grow in the area
- Create a list of the plants that the "client" wants to grow on the property
- Plant profiles
- Fifteen full length plant profiles
- Mini plant profiles for the rest of the plants from the list of what the "client" wants to grow on the property. Why oh why did I list so many plants? This assignment took me forever to complete. But will prove to be a great resource in moving forward.
And because permaculture is applied ecological design, I also had to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of
- Climate change
- Peak oil
- Prepare an in-depth study of my bio-region
- Examine and reflect on the eco-systems present on my property. This included considering energy flows, food chains and webs.
- Study habitat, plant successions, plant stacking and disruptions to eco-systems
- Make compost using the hot composting method
|And in a repeat performance presenting the very popular Cyril the snake|
In part 2 I will outline the steps I used to create my base map.