In Fall 2014 I became interested in permaculture, a way of designing natural systems in a manner that closes loops, minimizes external outputs, and provides benefits to surrounding life. I enrolled in a 6 week course with Urban Permaculture Institute San Francisco where I learned more about sustainable design, lifestyle design and land-management methods.
The final project was a collaboration with four team members to redesign my backyard space.
- Create a plan to raise a productive food forest from un-used backyard space.
- Create pleasant ambient environment to encourage stakeholders to enter and interact with the space.
- A blueprint and 3-year strategy to transform the space.
- Complete plant list selection that encouraged symbiosis and positive interaction between elements.
- Hands-on and conceptual experience with graywater systems, compost and soil renewal, and homestead design.
I later traveled to Colombia for a month-long volunteer project on a permaculture homestead, where I supported developing the property using the systems learned in the course.