Permaculture ::
Course Assignments

This page lists out the assignments that are broken up on the daily pages in the schedule. Be sure to refer to the schedule pages for weekly assignments and readings. ...

Observe a site, preferrably on the SF campus. Spend time at the site at different times of day and in different weather conditions. You will supply a visual assessment of your site, and an initial written vision for a permaculture system there.

Submit to course Google Drive Folder

I visual map of the space showing a) dimensions, b) slope, c) structures, d) existing plant life e) flow of energy such as 1) sunlight, 2) water, 3) critters and bugs, 4) people 5) human inputs, 6) directions

II supplementary diagrams and photos as necessary showing some factors more clearly, such as slope. (please include at least one supplement). .

III Written description of your observation of the space. Include a description of a) what resources exist in the space, and whether they are renewing, b) what yields might be gathered from the space; are the energies being blocked, channeled or absorbed?, c) a description of any patterns or potential patterns you see, d) lists describing the inputs and outputs (needs, products, behaviors) of existing elements in your space can be provided as supplementary visual material, or included in your writing.

Please note: You might also provide a vision for the space as a system -- productive and thriving benefitting humans and other life forms -- but the thrust of this assignment is to focus on observation and assessment.

Optional Visual diagrams showing site and different times of year (sunlight, change in plant growth, etc.)


detailed view of graduate center
detailed view of back lot
other maps

Field Journals DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 19 at NOON
For this assignment, you will identify 5-10 "problems" on your site and explore how they might be transformed into opportunities. Spend time on your site at > 4 different conditions. On a sunny day, a rainy day, in the morning, afternoon, night, etc.... You will keep a field journal with notes in 5 categories:
1) Notes on your observation of a problem element, pattern, or sector.
2) How is it a problem -- how is it functioning or not functioning
3) What kinds of 'small and slow solutions' would you think about implementing?
--- 3a) What kinds of further research do you need to do?
4) What kinds of observations would tell you your solution is working?
5) How would the solution to your initial problem be integrated into the larger system on your site? What would the 'solution' support in terms the functioning of other elements?

Designing for Water. Due in April.

the following is a draft of your final assignment for the class

to be collaboratively generated with class on March 29.

Each group has 1-2 priorities. This does not mean that plantings and ecosystems are exclusive to food production; each site should incorporate soil building, bioremediation, and food forest principles. The following priorities are assigned to each group
Shelter and heat
Art materials - textiles, dyes, etc.
Water catchment and storage
Remediation and soil building

Each group is connected to every other group through one contact. These connections establish how the outputs of one area can become inputs of another area.

The final assignment for this class is a full permaculture design for your given site on the CCA SF campus. You will provide: 1) a full visual design:
a) indicating all major elements and their flow of inputs and outputs,
b) major sectors coming onto the site,
c) any relevant zones to be considered, and
d) planting/ food forest areas.
2) a detailed plant list along with relevant data for where plants will be plants, and what they will be paired with (see Mar 08-Mar 29 in class assignment)
3) a detailed timeline for implementation
4) a detailed timeline/ plan for managment (this should outline general roles for different stakeholders)
5) a narrative statement describing your design: your team's vision, the current (imagined) state, potential problems and opportunities, and how you connect to other teams. The writing should also highlight the most important elements of your design, and the remaining questions that are unanswered about the project.

Due May 01 at noon.