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Observe and Interact- Permaculture design principle 1 of 12

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

When applying the first permaculture design principle "Observe and interact" to urban agriculture, it is essential to take into account the unique characteristics of the urban environment.



Observing and interacting with the local environment and community is critical in designing a successful urban agriculture system. Some important factors to consider when observing and interacting with an urban area include:

  1. Microclimates: Urban areas can have microclimates that differ from the surrounding countryside due to the built environment. Observing these microclimates can help identify areas suitable for specific crops and plants.

  2. Soil quality: Urban soil can be contaminated with pollutants and heavy metals, making it unsuitable for growing food. Testing the soil for contamination and amending it with compost and other organic matter can help improve soil quality.

  3. Community engagement: Urban agriculture often involves community engagement and participation. Observing and interacting with the local community can help identify their needs and preferences and incorporate them into the design of the urban agriculture system.

  4. Water sources: Urban agriculture requires a reliable source of water. Observing and interacting with the local water system can help identify opportunities for rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, and other water-saving strategies.

By carefully observing and interacting with the urban environment, it is possible to design an urban agriculture system that is tailored to the specific needs and characteristics of the community, while also contributing to the health of the local ecosystem.



 

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