permaculture (day 52)

Yesterday I announced how grateful I was to receive a scholarship for a course I really really wanted to take. Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement! I thought I'd elaborate a little on exactly what the course entails.

I had honestly never heard the term permaculture before... so for those of you who are in the same boat I was this explains it perfectly....

"Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.

The philosophy within permaculture is one of working with rather than against nature, and of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action. Permaculture design techniques encourage land use which integrates principles of ecology and applies lessons from nature. It teaches us to create settings and construct ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and the resilience of natural ecosystems. In the spirit of sustainability, it also teaches us to allow natural and designed ecosystems to demonstrate their own evolutions."

If you want to learn more, here's a link with some recommended reading.

Here's what I'll be learning (and of course blogging about!)
  • Principles of Natural Systems
  • Sustainable Design Methodologies
  • Patterns in Nature, Culture and Society
  • Reading the Land & Understanding Natural Processes
  • Large Scale Land Restoration Techniques
  • Water Harvesting Techniques
  • Design Principles of Sustainable Human Settlements
  • Grey Water Recycling
  • Natural Building Strategies
  • Cultivated & Productive Ecologies
  • Food Forests, Plant Guilds, Gardens for Self-Sufficiency
  • Energy Conservation Technologies
  • Appropriate Technologies and Renewable Energies
  • Urban Environment Permaculture
  • Wildlife Management and Biological Pest Control
  • Land Arts and Community Activism
  • Invisible Structures: EcoVillages & Credit Unions
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • Strategies for an Alternative Nation
  • At the end of the class, students engage in a group design project. 

    Can you tell I'm just a little excited about it?! 

    treehugger.com also has a great overview of Permaculture Principles here.

    Day 52 - A picture of your favorite sport.

    oh college football, how I love you!  Every Saturday in fall is reserved for football, whether I'm at the game, outside the stadium tailgating, at a friend's house or at a sports bar watching it. I'm literally counting down the days until Sept 3rd when the Oklahoma Sooners play their first game... and it's in Norman! I <3 home games :)


    1. YAY! you go girl, thats an awesome opportunity :) so excited for you! i cant wait to hear more about it!

    2. That sounds so interesting!!! Oh my gosh, I am so happy for you!!! i can't wait to hear about all the cool stuff that you are learning. You are going to do such great things for this world! :)

    3. Wow, Sara, that is fantastic! Congratulations once again - what an AWESOME course! It sounds like something a lot more people should take. :) Yay yay yay! :D (Can you tell I'm excited for you?! ;D)

    4. cool, sara! and the greatest thing about it: we'll all benefit as readers if you blog about what you learn!
      thanks for your comment on artsy ants blog :)

    5. Wow, cool stuff! I had a dream the other night that the world had a water shortage and it got me to thinking about how to collect rain water (not that we've had any rain!) and how to keep it sterile. It'll be interesting to hear what you learn, way to go, Sara!

    6. Sounds very cool and completely engrossing, right up my alley! Can't wait to hear all the great tips you'll have to share! This'll be a blast! :)


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