Permaculture Glossary (23)

PERMACULTURE

Permaculture is a method of designing regenerative and sustainable human systems that work in harmony with natural systems, increasing abundance for all living things in the system.  It’s not a dogma, it is a practical set of design tools and a robust toolbox that can be used in a wide variety of situations to improve conditions by using existing resources. – Koreen Brennan Permaculture is a philosophy of working with,

ASSESSMENT (SITE)

ASSESSMENT (SITE) Typically, the first action done by a permaculture designer. It includes an in-depth interview of all parties living on or majorly interacting with the site (“concerned parties”), a physical inspection of the site, and a full site analysis.  An assessment can be ongoing, as new information tends to come up as the design process progresses and the designer should be receptive to and aware of this.

DESIGN

DESIGN a roadmap or a strategic approach for someone to achieve a specific expectation. A designer’s sequence of activities is called a design process.

ELEMENT, OR DESIGN ELEMENT

ELEMENT, OR DESIGN ELEMENT A component or part of a whole, especially one that is essential or characteristic. For example, the elements in a yard could be a oak tree, a bean plant, a chicken, a chicken coop, a tool shed, a gardener, a pathway, an irrigation line, etc, etc.

ENERGY

ENERGY The capacity of a physical system or organism to do work. There are different forms of energy – light, wind, gravity, heat, chemical, etc. Fuel is a potential energy. In living things, energy can be stored in cells as carbohydrates, fats or other substances. In plants and other living organisms, it is released by cellular breathing or respiration. Energy can also be an accumulation of matter – matter is

FUNCTION

FUNCTION the purpose for which something – an element* – is designed or exists; its role.

INPUTS AND OUTPUTS

INPUTS AND OUTPUTS  An analysis of what energy* is coming into the system and leaving it, and how that is occurring. Once this is known, one  can begin the design analysis of how to capture energy to increase yield*.

INVISIBLE STRUCTURE

INVISIBLE STRUCTURE Visible structures in a site would include the natural world, food supply, water, the built environment, tools, living organisms and energy.  Invisible structure would include culture and education, health and spiritual wellness, finance and economics, and community governance and land tenure (meaning, how we think about our relationship to the land legally and ethically – for instance, ownership, or stewardship? ).  Sustainable* and regenerative* design addresses each aspect

ORDER

ORDER – (Mollison).  A system that produces more than it consumes is an orderly system. If a system receives more resources than it can effectively handle, then pollution and reduced yield can result.

PATTERNS

PATTERNS  Observing the patterns in nature, we can then apply these to design for more efficiency and stability.  The circle is a key pattern for this purpose.  For instance, seasons move in a circle. Patterns are used to direct – receive or distribute – and regulate energy throughout the system and create beneficial connections.

REDUNDANCY

REDUNDANCY  It is wise to include multiple elements to perform a single function, such as water supply.  Good backup creates resilient systems.

REGENERATIVE

REGENERATIVE Regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells,organs, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Every species is capable of regeneration, from bacteria to humans. Regeneration can either be complete where the new tissue is the same as the lost tissue, or incomplete.  Stable ecosystems are regenerative. Following a disturbance, such as a fire or pest outbreak

RENEWABLE RESOURCE

RENEWABLE RESOURCE  Degenerates slower than it is produced – i.e., wood buildings should last longer than it takes to grow the trees.

RESOURCE

RESOURCE  Any energy storage that assists yield. ~ Bill Mollison

SECTORS

SECTORS  The locations on a site where energies (also called vectors*) can influence the design, such as sun, wind, fire, water flow, wild animals, noise, polluting plant, etc.

SITE ANALYSIS

SITE ANALYSIS  The use of assessment questionnaires, site observation, and data gathering to determine the state of a site and elements related to that site.  Typically included in a site analysis are aspects of sun and wind, location, legal (easements, etc), zoning, topography, utilities (underground), natural features, man-made features, sensory (smells, sounds, visual, etc), human and cultural (neighborhood mores, historical context, etc), toxins (for instance, heavy metals such as lead

SPHERES

SPHERES  Each invisible structure element (see invisible structure*) such as the mental and emotional landscapes of those involved in and affected by the design, the community, economics, culture, education, health matters, spirituality, community governance (including zoning, regulations, etc.) can be thought of as a sphere, with its own particular influence.  Each sphere can interact with and exchange energies with other spheres. Spheres have no physical location, but in some cases, a

STACKING

STACKING  Stacking functions* involves a single element* in a design performing multiple functions.  This element could be a plant, an animal, a person or a social    

SUSTAINABLE

SUSTAINABLE  Something is sustainable if you can continue to do it indefinitely, given the resources that are available. A mid-point between degenerative and regenerative* activities. ~ Toby Hemenway

SWALES

SWALES  On-contour ditches which capture and hold water, making it available to trees and perennials planted on either side of the swale.

VECTOR

VECTOR  a quantity such as velocity (=speed at which something travels) that can change and is measured by its size and its direction

YIELD

YIELD  The sum total of surplus energy produced, stored, conserved, reused or converted by the design.  Energy is in surplus once the system itself has available all it needs for growth, reproduction and maintenance.

ZONES (incl Zone 0-6)

ZONES  In permaculture design, “a method of ensuring that elements are correctly placed.”  Zones are numbered from 0 to 5, and can be thought of as a series of concentric rings moving out from a centre point—where human activity and need for attention is most concentrated—to where there is no need for intervention at all.  Note that zones are tools used to help you think with placement of the design.

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Pitch Fork

    A pitchfork is an agricultural tool with a long handle and long, thin, widely separated pointed tines used to lift and pitch loose material, such as hay or leaves. Wikipedia photo by: meredith_nutting

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PERMACULTURE

Permaculture is a method of designing regenerative and sustainable human systems that work in harmony with natural systems, increasing abundance for all living things in the system.  It’s not a dogma, it is a practical set of design tools and a robust toolbox that can be used in a wide variety of situations to improve conditions by using existing resources. – Koreen Brennan Permaculture is a philosophy of working with,

ASSESSMENT (SITE)

ASSESSMENT (SITE) Typically, the first action done by a permaculture designer. It includes an in-depth interview of all parties living on or majorly interacting with the site (“concerned parties”), a physical inspection of the site, and a full site analysis.  An assessment can be ongoing, as new information tends to come up as the design process progresses and the designer should be receptive to and aware of this.

DESIGN

DESIGN a roadmap or a strategic approach for someone to achieve a specific expectation. A designer’s sequence of activities is called a design process.

ELEMENT, OR DESIGN ELEMENT

ELEMENT, OR DESIGN ELEMENT A component or part of a whole, especially one that is essential or characteristic. For example, the elements in a yard could be a oak tree, a bean plant, a chicken, a chicken coop, a tool shed, a gardener, a pathway, an irrigation line, etc, etc.

ENERGY

ENERGY The capacity of a physical system or organism to do work. There are different forms of energy – light, wind, gravity, heat, chemical, etc. Fuel is a potential energy. In living things, energy can be stored in cells as carbohydrates, fats or other substances. In plants and other living organisms, it is released by cellular breathing or respiration. Energy can also be an accumulation of matter – matter is

FUNCTION

FUNCTION the purpose for which something – an element* – is designed or exists; its role.

INPUTS AND OUTPUTS

INPUTS AND OUTPUTS  An analysis of what energy* is coming into the system and leaving it, and how that is occurring. Once this is known, one  can begin the design analysis of how to capture energy to increase yield*.

INVISIBLE STRUCTURE

INVISIBLE STRUCTURE Visible structures in a site would include the natural world, food supply, water, the built environment, tools, living organisms and energy.  Invisible structure would include culture and education, health and spiritual wellness, finance and economics, and community governance and land tenure (meaning, how we think about our relationship to the land legally and ethically – for instance, ownership, or stewardship? ).  Sustainable* and regenerative* design addresses each aspect

ORDER

ORDER – (Mollison).  A system that produces more than it consumes is an orderly system. If a system receives more resources than it can effectively handle, then pollution and reduced yield can result.

PATTERNS

PATTERNS  Observing the patterns in nature, we can then apply these to design for more efficiency and stability.  The circle is a key pattern for this purpose.  For instance, seasons move in a circle. Patterns are used to direct – receive or distribute – and regulate energy throughout the system and create beneficial connections.

REDUNDANCY

REDUNDANCY  It is wise to include multiple elements to perform a single function, such as water supply.  Good backup creates resilient systems.

REGENERATIVE

REGENERATIVE Regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells,organs, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Every species is capable of regeneration, from bacteria to humans. Regeneration can either be complete where the new tissue is the same as the lost tissue, or incomplete.  Stable ecosystems are regenerative. Following a disturbance, such as a fire or pest outbreak

RENEWABLE RESOURCE

RENEWABLE RESOURCE  Degenerates slower than it is produced – i.e., wood buildings should last longer than it takes to grow the trees.

RESOURCE

RESOURCE  Any energy storage that assists yield. ~ Bill Mollison

SECTORS

SECTORS  The locations on a site where energies (also called vectors*) can influence the design, such as sun, wind, fire, water flow, wild animals, noise, polluting plant, etc.

SITE ANALYSIS

SITE ANALYSIS  The use of assessment questionnaires, site observation, and data gathering to determine the state of a site and elements related to that site.  Typically included in a site analysis are aspects of sun and wind, location, legal (easements, etc), zoning, topography, utilities (underground), natural features, man-made features, sensory (smells, sounds, visual, etc), human and cultural (neighborhood mores, historical context, etc), toxins (for instance, heavy metals such as lead

SPHERES

SPHERES  Each invisible structure element (see invisible structure*) such as the mental and emotional landscapes of those involved in and affected by the design, the community, economics, culture, education, health matters, spirituality, community governance (including zoning, regulations, etc.) can be thought of as a sphere, with its own particular influence.  Each sphere can interact with and exchange energies with other spheres. Spheres have no physical location, but in some cases, a

STACKING

STACKING  Stacking functions* involves a single element* in a design performing multiple functions.  This element could be a plant, an animal, a person or a social    

SUSTAINABLE

SUSTAINABLE  Something is sustainable if you can continue to do it indefinitely, given the resources that are available. A mid-point between degenerative and regenerative* activities. ~ Toby Hemenway

SWALES

SWALES  On-contour ditches which capture and hold water, making it available to trees and perennials planted on either side of the swale.

VECTOR

VECTOR  a quantity such as velocity (=speed at which something travels) that can change and is measured by its size and its direction

YIELD

YIELD  The sum total of surplus energy produced, stored, conserved, reused or converted by the design.  Energy is in surplus once the system itself has available all it needs for growth, reproduction and maintenance.

ZONES (incl Zone 0-6)

ZONES  In permaculture design, “a method of ensuring that elements are correctly placed.”  Zones are numbered from 0 to 5, and can be thought of as a series of concentric rings moving out from a centre point—where human activity and need for attention is most concentrated—to where there is no need for intervention at all.  Note that zones are tools used to help you think with placement of the design.

Pitch Fork

    A pitchfork is an agricultural tool with a long handle and long, thin, widely separated pointed tines used to lift and pitch loose material, such as hay or leaves. Wikipedia photo by: meredith_nutting

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