The first plug is for the Linked In Permaculture Group. If you are already part of Linked In, you might enjoy participating in this group.
In their group digest, I ran across links to two organizations that I want to share, Tree Yo Permaculture and Earthmetrics
First Tree Yo Permaculture (from their home page):
Tree Yo is a co-creative collective of people engaged and connected in the Permaculture Community. They design for resiliency, they teach environmental literacy, they build with the earth beneath or feet, they use technology that is appropriate, and they travel the world to spread the word!
I’m not sure where the authors are based, but they sure do travel the world. Their upcoming permaculture design classes will take place in Portugal, the Dominican Republic and Cincinnati, Ohio. That’s some real diversity! Take a look at these shared resources. These are links to several PowerPoint presentations they’ve compiled as part of the PDC they offer. These are accessible through Slideshare and include such topics as patterns, aquaculture, tropical permaculture and mapping. Also bookmark their EDU webpage that is an open source communal education resource.
Speaking of mapping, the second link I wanted to share was to Ecometrics, specifically to their online course in Digital Mapping and GIS for Small Landowners and Permaculture Design. (From the Course Summary):
This self-paced course introduces digital mapping tools and techniques (Geographic Information Systems or GIS), and how small landowners and permaculture designers can use these tools with freely available data for site planning.
This seems like a valuable course, particularly if one intends to be engaged in permaculture design. I first used public GIS maps available to residents of my county in my first permaculture design project. I fumbled through the GIS software but was able to manage the basics of locating the parcel, printing out the map and obtaining basic dimensions and areas. Having a resource that can walk you through the basics seems useful.
The second plug is for WordPress. Both of these websites are driven by WordPress.
And finally, if you live in the Atlanta area, be sure to get your ticket for the WordCamp Atlanta that is coming up on March 15th and 16th. The event sold out last year and organizers expect the event to do so again this year. Come expecting to be inspired by all that you can do with WordPress from blogging to developing websites in general. See you there!