This topics seems overhelming to you? Let me put it simple: I am searching for people for the next gardening season to grow own food (permaculture not agriculture) and play around with open hardware, so it combines the - in my eyes most future relevant - topics self sufficiency and OpenSourceHardware.
this workshop is the warmup for 2012 to have an effective start in growing own food (even in a city) and developing automation and energy devices. Can you imagine a combination of rooftop remedies, GardenBot and sewage treatment? Then please subscribe.
They say: permaculture is about observing natural life cycles and learning from them.
Well, I think and know: Sooner or later I need new oats and fruits. So i go to my shiny new place and look for fruit trees. Oh great, a apply tree, a strawberry bush and even a walnut. Good start.
You read as much as you can about it, sooner or later you stand in front of your house you need to know:
- which plants do I see around me - are they edible, what do they need/prefer and at least I want to recognize the not so healthy ones
- do I need beets or am I happy with the plants already growing there? what can I replace? by what? and where shall I place the beets?
- how do I grow particular vegetables? what do they need? ins/outs, so on
Fine, I read about it all, forgot half of the good tips but finally want to start. This means either years of self-experiance or beeing with elders answering my questions. However, I need to do everything at least once, better twice and more often, to really know about.
And: In the very moment you disconnent your brain from the internet (and books) for some moments (and there is no way around this, unless you finish a set of roboters do ALL the work), you will experiance two things: raising questions AND fear to do something wrong. This is normal. Just do it, remember your questions (or write them down, if you are geek like me) and ask later - but first make some rounds through the garden and start to work for one hour or more.
There have been similar courses. Please have a lot on the following on your own in advance: ARDUINOS + GARDENING, URBAN FORAGING, greywater systems.
Together with you I would like to read through the following articles about OpenSourcePermaculture, collect raising questions in some pad: openfarmtechwiki, p2p foundation, simplesustainable
My long term aim is to work with OSE Europe and develop a permaculture software that fits farmers need as an expert system to advise in garden planning.