Participant Forum: Ethics, Principles, Strategies, Techniques

You are required to post in the each week's forum as part of the course. If you do not post, and/or respond to others' posts each week, it is an incomplete assignment.

Ethics, Principles, Strategies, Techniques

Share with other participants details of your chosen system developed within the permaculture framework from Activity 1.2: Ethics, Principles, Strategies, Techniques. Note areas you struggled with that you would welcome their input on. Provide your perspective and encouragement to others.

Discussions are a weekly routine for the course and provide an opportunity to engage with others who are learning the material. Please take your time crafting your posts, checking for grammar or spelling errors and making sure the points you are trying to make are clear.

When making your first post to the weekly forum start a new discussion topic. We also encourage you to respond to discussions started by classmates.

If you have participated in these forum in a previous class, you may notice changes in the format week-to-week as your instructor experiments with new settings.



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Vegetable Garden
by Todd White - Thursday, January 23, 2020, 9:21 AM

I went with vegetale garden like a few others. Below you will find the details. Have a great day everyone.


Ethics – To grow annual and perennial vegetables with the least amount of negative environmental impact.


Principles - “Let nature take its course” and “Waste not, want not”.



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by Mike Cooper - Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:02 PM

Hi All, I chose an outdoor classroom for my system featuring a pre-existing raised bed garden (100' x 50'), small young dwarf apple orchard (7 trees), and one large silver maple (which we tap).  Unfortunately, I have been placing focus on one at a time, instead of incorporating them into a larger...

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by Wendy Hagan - Sunday, January 19, 2020, 11:05 AM

For this assignment I have chosen an Apiary as the chosen system 

I have chosen Ethics 1 Care for the earth 

Using the principles of Obtain a Yield, Design from Patterns to Details and Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services.

The current location of the apiary is next to a small pond ...

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A Veggie Garden System
by Lucas Moore - Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10:09 PM

I want to grow a garden that increases soil health, provides healthy food for my family and regenerates heirloom varieties. I want to do that in New York while living in Colorado, which puts me in a bit of a pickle. The principals that align into this project are “Use and Value Diversity”, “...

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water catchment
by Laura Barry - Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:39 PM

I too am investigating my property to establish a rainwater catchment system. My interest in this is several reasons: I don't want to overly rely on our community aquifer, I don't want to use the irrigation system in our yard, I would love to feed something in our yard that can sustain my family,...

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Water security
by David Wheir - Thursday, January 16, 2020, 5:08 PM

NYC is unique in meeting its water needs.  8.5 million residents plus another million or so commuters and visitors consume 1.3 billion gallons every single day.  Moreover, there's clean drinkable water right out of the tap.  Much of American cannot say this and, sadly, most of the world may never...

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Vegetable Garden
by Elise Zvirzdin - Thursday, January 16, 2020, 5:35 PM

I am obsessed with my vegetable garden, which is why I chose this topic for this assignment.  Growing my own food and preserving it to have food year-round is my ultimate goal.  This coming year will be my first year of utilizing my full garden space, and I am so excited! 

My vegetable garden is...

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Urban Homestead
by austin busha - Thursday, January 16, 2020, 11:48 AM

I decided to choose an "Urban Homestead" as my system for this assignment. An Urban Homestead will contain a number of smaller systems, but due to its limited size its important that an Urban Homestead as a whole functions as a system. So rather then just focus on the chickens or the gardens ...

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Rainwater Collection Strategies
by Kathy Partridge - Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 4:26 PM

Hi folks, I just uploaded my Activity 1.2 - I chose rainwater collection as my topic. I have a well, so if I try to water the garden from the house spigot, the water pump runs the entire time. I'm pretty sure the pump is original to the house, so it's at least 60 years old. I've had a rudimentary...

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