This first entry is long over due, but better late than never. We moved into the Homestead in May, and I have been in full PATO (Protracted and Thoughtful Observation) mode. Having just recently made the move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Knoxville, I have been trying to learn the local ecology as well as weather patterns. This wet stuff that falls from the sky is so different than back in CA where we have been in a serious drought pattern for the past few years. Watching the rain fall during the summer is something completely new. Strategies implemented due to drought conditions have to be reconfigured to strategies with abundant rainfall. Many of the elements are the same, rainwater harvesting in tanks and directly into the soil remain the same, however calculations as well as strategies to move it across the landscape are very different. More to come on water...
The Design process has begun, and I hope to share my journey down this meandering path towards a more resilient future with those who are interested. I hope to give a weekly update and share my thoughts on how the week unfolded with regards to the Homestead Design as well as any community projects I am working on. Until next time...
Peace and Bountiful Harvests
Mark is a Knoxville, TN based Permaculturist. This is a collection of thoughts, trials & tribulations, successes & failures and everything related to the design and installation of the 1 Acre family homestead as well as ongoing community projects.