By GeoBlogger on
5/31/2013 3:47 PM
By Kelly Fisher, Senior Development Manager
If you have an interest in GIS, gardening, and sustaining the environment, then permaculture may be for you. Permaculture is designing a self-sufficient environment for a network of people, from a community or city down to a single family. The practice of permaculture results in using natural resources in a sustainable way to produce a surplus and not introducing anything that will negatively impact/harm the environment, such as pesticides, invasive/non-native plants, etc.
According to author Toby Hemenway of Gaia’s Garden, the five main steps in designing an ecological garden is to observe, visualize, plan, develop, and then implement. GIS can be used as a helpful tool in completing these steps, particularly the first three.