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- We need more water storage capacity to expand the farm
 
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- Water connects us to weather
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- Learning and relationships are included in our definition of resources
  
- Access is challenging
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- Materials, along with their embodied energy, are some of the resources we're interested in catching and storing
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=== '''Week 3: Obtain a Yield''' ===
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Yields can be more than just crops produced and the associated revenue. Yields also include healthy relationships developed, water storage goals met, wastes fed back into the ecosystem, and greater biodiversity established. Yields can be thought of as objectives, which are specific goals that can be quantified in some way.
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== Samples of today's observations: ==
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- We need to work on the relationships yields
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- The list of species already observed on the farm is long and growing
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- The crop production capacity of the farm appears greater than originally forecast, meaning we can devote more space to pursuing biodiversity goals
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- We need to consider access to water when planning for our biodiversity goals
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=== '''Week 4: Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback''' ===
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We decided to apply auto-regulation, rather than self-regulation, as that is a more passive approach. We'd like to establish and nurture an ecosystem that continuously re-balances itself, rather than actively intervening to meet every challenge. To do this, we need to pay attention when we receive feedback.
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== Samples of today's observations: ==
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- We need to work on the relationships yields
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- The list of species already observed on the farm is long and growing
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- The crop production capacity of the farm appears greater than originally forecast, meaning we can devote more space to pursuing biodiversity goals
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- We need to consider access to water when planning for our biodiversity goals

Revision as of 13:44, 3 October 2013

This page has been set up to document our weekly (Tues) lunch meetings to discuss application of the principles of permaculture to our Rooftop Farm.

Our working definition of permaculture is that it is a mimicry of natural systems.


Read about the Principles of Permaculture.

The "father of permaculture", Bill Mollison

Recommended reading: The One Straw Revolution (pdf download)

We need to apply each principle to these three perspectives: - The RoofTop Farm - Motor City Brewing Works - The Green Garage community


Week 1: Observe & Interact

This principle is the lens through which we look at all the others.

Observation and interaction bring awareness.

We need to practice observation and interaction constantly and dynamically over time for it to be helpful.

Yeomans scale of permanence


Samples of today's observations:

- It's very hot up there

- Water connects us to weather

- Access is challenging

Yeomans Scale as applied to the RoofTop Farm permaculture study


Week 2: Catch & Store Energy

We decided that the word "energy" should be changed to "resources" to more closely reflect our goals for the farm.

Since we are a zero-energy, no-city-water operation, we are interested in collecting and storing water, seeds, and biodiversity.


Samples of today's observations:

- We need more water storage capacity to expand the farm

- Learning and relationships are included in our definition of resources

- Materials, along with their embodied energy, are some of the resources we're interested in catching and storing


Week 3: Obtain a Yield

Yields can be more than just crops produced and the associated revenue. Yields also include healthy relationships developed, water storage goals met, wastes fed back into the ecosystem, and greater biodiversity established. Yields can be thought of as objectives, which are specific goals that can be quantified in some way.


Samples of today's observations:

- We need to work on the relationships yields

- The list of species already observed on the farm is long and growing

- The crop production capacity of the farm appears greater than originally forecast, meaning we can devote more space to pursuing biodiversity goals

- We need to consider access to water when planning for our biodiversity goals


Week 4: Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback

We decided to apply auto-regulation, rather than self-regulation, as that is a more passive approach. We'd like to establish and nurture an ecosystem that continuously re-balances itself, rather than actively intervening to meet every challenge. To do this, we need to pay attention when we receive feedback.


Samples of today's observations:

- We need to work on the relationships yields

- The list of species already observed on the farm is long and growing

- The crop production capacity of the farm appears greater than originally forecast, meaning we can devote more space to pursuing biodiversity goals

- We need to consider access to water when planning for our biodiversity goals