Permaculture Design -HHA

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  • Laci says:

    Some of the information on this checklist is a little overwhelming for me…i’ve put it off for about a week… but i started in on it today. Some of it just took some pretty basic observation and some i needed good ol google. There were words and terms that i’m unfamiliar with so i had to google those so that i knew what to google to find the answer lol. Hence the overwhelm…
    Obviously not all of it applies to my site, while some currently does, and some potentially will in the future. So as overwhelming as it initially was, as i started getting things filled out, i noticed that it helps create a way to see where i’m at and where i want to go with my property/site. So thank you for this tool!

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  • Laci says:

    Also…the only thing i could seem to find on average annual evaporation was about illinios lakes. Is that what we’re looking for?

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  • Laci says:

    For some reason i’m having a very hard time finding out the depth of the water table in my area. I know that there have been wells dug in this county so i dont know why this is proving so difficult. Is it important to know the water table depth if you dont have a well and aren’t planning to dig one?

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    • Bret James says:

      That is generally hard to find online, but your local well drilling contractors WILL have that information from the wells they have drilled! Yes it is important because you might want a sense of how far you need to drill, which dictates the cost of drilling a well, BEFORE hiring the contractor 🙂

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  • Amanda Marley says:

    Hi Bret,

    Should we wait to complete the site assessment until we have a plot of land to work with? Should it be the plot of land we hope to create our homestead on? Or is it just a helpful exercise to practice with any plot of land for now. Wondering the same for the bioregion worksheet as well. Please let me know, thank you!

    Amanda

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    • Bret James says:

      Hey Amanda! It is a helpful exercise for any piece of land – because it is like anything, the first time you do it it’s more learning and less about accuracy etc. A site assessment is practicing the skill of ecological literacy which always grows and expands as your ability to see and understand natural systems, human integration, permaculture, agriculture etc grows. If you do not have a piece of land, you might want to consider using a place you are more familiar with and have regular access to, even if it is NOT a site you plan to develop in the long run. Let me know if there are any more questions!

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  • Michelle Green says:

    I cannot get this document to open or print. All I get is a blank page

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  • Amanda Koza says:

    It would be nice if the downloads were also available as just a pdf file we could view and print. I feel bad taking up space on someone else’s computer just to be able to print after already inconveniencing someone to be able to print any documents

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    • Bret James says:

      Hey Amanda, not sure I am following your comment here? The worksheets are doc files so people can edit them (mac or pc) and should take up just a few KB of space and are printable just like a PDF. Let me know so I can help make it easier for you!

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  • Bethany Springsdorf says:

    I meant to rate this lesson 5 stars! Great assessment worksheet

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  • susan tupper says:

    wow that is a detailed worksheet! I have three sites to choose from and think I will start with the smallest which is a quarter acre but I won’t be back in Fiji until November. There is a lot I know from memory but I also need to be there to really observe the micro stuff and to make matters harder, it’s on a hillside! Excited about actually starting but kinda overwhelmed too after glancing at the sheet.

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  • Heather Cahill says:

    I cannot mark this complete. I havent had a computer in a few weeks so I havent been able to keep up like I was. Thanks for the help!

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  • Heather Cahill says:

    Very helpful!

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