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

Michael Snow msnow at valley.net
Sun Nov 16 20:22:18 EST 2008

For your own farm, precise information layers can be most helpful,  
particularly if you're dealing with infrastructure like underground  
power lines and the like.  Another spin on the use of GIS in  
(permaculture) design might be to use something a little more fuzzy  
to create conflict and then dialogue.

I had a GIS professor who did work in Central America.  At one point,  
he was working with indigenous groups in Panama, helping them to  
define their territory to present to the central government.  There  
were often disputes over boundaries between groups, at least in part  
because these territories were fluid.  This professor took the least  
advanced technology with him, instead of taking the best available to  
him.  Because the old stuff was imprecise, so were the boundaries  
each group drew - and this required the groups to sit down together  
to come to agreement.  His intention was to create dialogue and build  
relationships between indigenous groups.  If I remember right, he was  
pretty successful.

On Nov 15, 2008, at 6:16 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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