[permaculture] GIS Revisited with permaculture, homesteading and market farming/gardening uses in mind.

christopher nesbitt christopher.nesbitt at mmrfbz.org
Sat Nov 15 21:17:22 EST 2008

I now a little about this. I have a friend who doe GIS work here in  
Belize. He does it out of an old vanagon, and it involves a GPS, a  
laptop, and some software. The software, I have no idea how much it  
costs, but he is doing it on a 14 inch iBook with either a Magellan or  
Garmin GPS. His van has a solar panel on the roof, really low tech.

They had a project here, ESTAP, which did mapping, and they had  
layers, property lines, soil types, vegetation, it was very  
impressive, but that was 10 years ago. Now it is much cheaper.

Equipment is just a GPS
Sofware, I do Mac, and http://www.openosx.com/grass/ has Mac GIS  
software for USD50-229. http://www.esri.com/ has stuff for PCs
Any laptop with enough memory and space on the hard drive (and  
software!) can do GIS

Good luck,


On Nov 15, 2008, at 5:16 PM, Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:

> I'd like to start a thread on GIS and try to uncover technology that  
> can be applied
> to farms and land on which permaculture systems have been built.
> Is it affordable for the non-corporate world?
> Is there equipment and software available that a properly informed  
> farmer or permaculturist can
> use to log, with GIS coordinates plus calculated space within  
> identified areas (with GIS device, walk off
> the perimeter of an area such as a garden or a bed within a garden,  
> calcuate the area within and give it an ID
> corresponding to its GIS coordinates)? This data could be entered  
> into a database as a record with an array of
> appropriate fields.
> It seems this technology could have unlimited uses. It would be a  
> complex system or reduced to a fairly simple one.
> Questions:
> What equipment is available?
> What software is available?
> What can be done in house without hiring an outside specialist?
> Can GIS data be exported to a laptop?
> LFLondon
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Christopher Nesbitt

Maya Mountain Research Farm
San Pedro Columbia, Toledo
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