Activity 2.2: Personal Goals

Goal setting is an important practice in Permaculture design. It helps to clarify both your values and what is really important to the system. While designing it is easy to get stuck on a particular idea, and having well articulated goals ensures you can stay on track.

1. Craft a total of six goals:

    • three for yourself
    • three for the design site.

Your personal and site goals may--or may not--overlap. However, try to be clear in your choice of words to make each goal specific to yourself or the site.

2. Each goal will relate to one of the three permaculture ethics you learned about this week.

    • Personal:
      1. Earthcare
      2. Peoplecare
      3. Surplus Share/FairShare
    • Site/Project:
      1. Earthcare
      2. Peoplecare
      3. Surplus Share/FairShare


3. Write goals in the present tense to give them more weight when read. Each goal should express an overall objective you have.

4. Under each goal, describe 3 to 5 criteria that meet your goal. Criteria should clearly relate to the goal and may be more specific about how you will evaluate progress or succeed. See the examples for more ideas.

This is a first stab at the goals. It is OK to get it down, then later get it good.

You are encouraged to share your goals on this week's forum. Discuss with classmates the process and experience.



Earthcare: Wherever I live, I leave the soil healthier and more alive than I found it.

    • Establish home composting bin for food scraps.
    • Collect leaves from my neighbors and compost for leaf mold.
    • Keep my garden soils covered always with cover crops/mulch.
    • Experiment with compost tea.






Peoplecare: The farm serves as an educational opportunity to learn integrated systems through monthly tours, seasonal workshops, and frequent updates to the blog.

    • Tours 1st Saturday of the month, 1 hour, donations requested.
    • Workshops: Feb – Seed Starting, May – Mushroom Inoculation, July – Rotational Grazing, Sept –Saving Seed.
    • Blog posts on farm happenings once a month in off-season, more frequent in summer. (brainstorm list of topics ahead of time)