Activity 2.1: Permaculture Site Research
Activity 2.1: Permaculture Site Research.
The objective of this assignment is to explore the breadth of sites and practitioners utilizing permaculture in their home or land-based (farms, typically) systems while taking a closer look at an example that interests you.
In the last 20 years the number of self-identified permaculture sites in upstate New York and in North America has expanded remarkably. When we speculate about the greater number of people whose farms, yards, homesteads, and gardens are influenced by permaculture techniques we should consider most may not be promoting or marketing themselves.
On social media, print publications, Youtube, and other media platforms we can find farms, plant nurseries, schools, and other sites that describe their land base as “permaculture.” Sometimes these are well-meaning flash-in-the-pan projects that fizzle out (failure equals experience!), a few have been scams(as if permaculture was a path to riches, haha!), and some last long enough to demonstrate and inspire the rest of us.
For this assignment you have two choices:
- Research an existing permaculture site that you can visit in the next few weeks OR
- If time and travel is a limitation(especially during the pandemic!), read an article, listen to a podcast, or view a video about a permaculture practitioner, and follow up with a phone call or email interview.
This week’s task is:
- Come up with ten questions to serve as the foundation of a conversation with the people at your chosen site. (based on your reading,viewing or listening of media)
- Submit your questions for review via the button below.
- Make contact via email or phone to set up a time to visit or do an interview.
To locate sites near you or that may be of interest, try these resources:
- Permaculture Activity Directory (http://permacultureactivist.net/pcresources/PcResources/PcResources2.htm)
- Worldwide Permaculture Network (http://www.permacultureglobal.com/projects)
- The Permaculture Podcast, with Scott Mann (http://permaculturepodcast.com)
- - Josh Trought and D'Acres Farm: http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/2013/josh-trought-and-d-acres/
- - Wayne Herring and Herrings Green Grass Farm: http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/2013/starting-a-sustainable-family-farm-with-wayne-herring/
- - Ben Falk and Whole Systems Design: http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/2013/ben-falk/
- - Kristen Reinford and Joshua Farm: http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/2013/joshua-farm/
- Earth Repair Radio with Andrew Millison (http://www.earthrepairradio.com/)
- Diego Footer’s Creative Destruction (http://www.permaculturevoices.com/)
- Sustainable Living Podcast (http://www.sustainablelivingpodcast.com/)
- Sustainable World Radio (http://sustainableworldradio.com/)
Many of these links are a couple years old which is almost obsolete for some internet media. You are encouraged to find new resources or report dead links.
Please note: Many permaculture practitioners are busy and may not be able to respond in a timely manner. While the write up is due next week, you may delay submission according to your scheduled time for an interview or visit.
—> Use your time to research a site that is relevant to your personal interests or site.