Feb 18, 2009

Permaculture: Internet Resources and Computer Aided Design Workshop

Internet Resources and Computer Aided Homestead Design

A three hour presentation for designing an Agro-Ecosystem for your CSA or backyard.
Evening presentation, $25.00 per individual or $400/group up to 20 people.
Day long workshops, $75 per person or $1000/20 people.

Internet Resources and Computer Aided Homestead Design

Paper and pencil is the tool of choice for outdoor base-maps and site
assessments, but a great amount of information about our properties is
on the internet. Aerial Photos and surveys are just a small portion of
what we have available. Plugging in all that information to a computer
does not have to be tedious and designing a well thought out plan is
fun and easy to adjust with inexpensive software. This workshop will
open the data mines of the web to serious Permaculture and Polyculture
designers. Basic site assessment, plant databases, aerial imagery, and
standard graphic design tools will help you break into the next level
of Permaculture design. Bring your laptop, grid paper, pencils, and a
three ring design binder.

Reference Materials: Edible Forest Gardens I & II by Dave Jacke,
Landscaping Your Home by WM. R. Nelson, Water for Every Farm by P.A.
Yoemans, Permaculture by David Holmgren, and many more.

Topics will include:
  • How to Use On-Line Resources for Site Analysis
  • Searching Web Soil Surveys and Data
  • Finding County Resources and GIS Base Maps
  • Plant Selection
  • Building a Soil and Plant Data File
  • Samples of Computer Programs for Design
  • Intro to the Design Sequence
Free Internet Resources:
  • Plant Data bases
  • Soil Data bases
  • Government GIS Services
  • Aerial Photography

When: An evening or weekend of your choice

Where: Anywhere in the midwest or as transportation is supplied.

Who: Beginning or advanced Permaculturalists looking for impoved design skills

Contact: Daniel Halsey, PRI Teachers Guild Coordinator, dhalsey@integra.net, 612.720.5001

1 comment:

Leon Basin said...

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Permaculture and Polyculture Consulting and Design

Permaculture and Polyculture Consulting and Design
Getting to know your property, the plants you have and those you can grow, is a fulfilling endeavor. With most I am the steward of the land. I give them good soil biology and they do the rest. If I group them in cohesive plant communities, they respond with greater yields. If I encourage the micro-organisms (Fungus and bacteria) , the roots obsorb more nutrients making a pest and disease resistant plant. A stronger plant that gives us more organic food and takes less energy.

A Ten Acre Farm Transformed to an Edible Forest Garden

A Ten Acre Farm Transformed to an Edible Forest Garden
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