Intro to Permaculture

Videos in this section:

  • Systems Thinking & Pattern Language sets the stage – You need to see the big picture before you start
  • Patterns dives into understanding patterns in nature and patterns in culture – You need to be able to identify the pieces that you can work with
  • Local Ecosystem gives us the opportunity to identify those patterns (or their absence) around us, and also gives us a chance to define what we’re working with – You need to zoom into your specific situation
  • Climate & Biogeography looks at the larger patterns around us and the influence they have on our ecosystem – You need you see the larger influences in your situation
  • Microclimate shows us how special conditions around us can enhance or mitigate the larger climate around us – address limiting factors (challenges to meeting our design goals) in our systems – You need to see how your local situation can be steered towards welcoming or rebuffing the energies from the larger systems around us
  • Goals with a view of the patterns to details we can make changes grounded in reality but that also help us work in the direction of our overall vision

Systems Thinking & Pattern Language

After watching this video these questions can help you absorb and personalize your understanding of the ideas presented in the video.

  • Identify ways that the world around you is not mechanical/linear
  • How can you identify control when working with systems, how can you identify engagement?
  • What are limiting factors that directly effect you?
  • How can you use time in your designs?
  • What are leverage points in relationship to our goals?
  • Identify a suite of patterns that are related to your goals. This is a basic pattern language.

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Patterns

After watching this video these questions can help you absorb and personalize your understanding of the ideas presented in the video.

  • Practice by identifying as many patterns around you as you can.
    • Try to speculate as to cause or effect.
  • What are patterns in time that you follow in your life?
  • What are patterns in the relationships you have?
  • What patterns do you notice that make you more resilient? Less?

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The Local Ecosystem

After watching this video these questions can help you absorb and personalize your understanding of the ideas presented in the video.

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Climate & Biogeography

After watching this video see if you can come up with answers to the questions below.

  • What are the features of your local climate
  • Where does the climate change from your location? What patterns mark this change?
  • What is your plant hardiness zone? How far away is the next higher and lower zones?
  • What is your annual rainfall? How is it distributed throughout the year?
  • What changes in your climate might occur in your location?
  • What are the species that are the species that are closely adapted to your climate? What are the species that are adapted to different climates?

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Microcliamte

After watching this video these questions can help you absorb and personalize your understanding of the ideas presented in the video.

  • What microclimates can you identify around you? Where are potential microclimates that you can create? Can you identify microclimates across different domains?
  • How does the sun influence microclimate?
  • How does the angle at which sunlight hits an object affect it?
  • How do the different materials around your home affect its temperature?
  • How is the climate different on your driveway vs. your lawn or the street vs. a park?
  • Are there situations where you can stack the yield of something? For example a tree that provides shade and fruit.
  • How does water affect the space around it?

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Setting Goals

After watching this video these questions can help you absorb and personalize your understanding of the ideas presented in the video.

  • Get in touch with the various visions around you.
  • Set some goals for yourself that moves towards multiple visions simultaneously.
  • How many of your goals are grounded in the now? How many is dependent on future conditions?
  • Do your goals meet the simple test of the permaculture ethics? The complex test?
  • How are your goals SMART?

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