As we recover, reclaim, and regain our bearings after a long summer and fall season, and to honor and compost all that has transpired over the past year, we’ve begun the design process of setting goals for next year. Included in our goals of continuing permaculture education, hosting the annual Earth Day Parade and celebration, expanding community gardens with the Urban Farming Collective, building more community awareness, and our organizational development; we also include the outline of goals for a permaculture site plan design for the 4.3 barns property, designated to Little Artshram, on the old State Hospital Farm.
Other than co-sponsoring the Continual University Series (see post above), we’ll take some time the next two pre-winter months, of November and December, settling in and tending to our home fires.
We are expanding our organizational structure and welcoming new members to our Board of Directors, and Advisory Circle. If you are interested in learning more, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We sincerely thank everyone for making 2011 memorable in many ways, and for all of your support as we carry on!
Little Artshram goals for 2012:
a. Begin planning phase for a second Permaculture Design Course (PDC) to be held in 2012 and/or 2013
b. Provide permaculture training for area children through the Little Artshram Summer Camp. This will involve initiating a licensing procedure through the DHS no later that 3/1/11, or acquiring a license waiver.
c. Provide garden training and experience for teens and young adults through the Youth Market CSA gardens.
d. Continue to educate Little Artshram volunteers and the interested public in permaculture principles.
2. Community Gardens
a. Continue to host the community gardens on the Barns property. This successful program will be strengthened through minor revisions of our policy and procedures, with an emphasis on dealing with problems as solutions.
b. Encourage the community gardening movement in the greater community beyond the Barns property, through the Urban Farming Collective.
c. Serve area residents with fresh produce through the Youth Market CSA gardens.
d. Re-institute a “Shared Garden” as a joint project of the Community Gardens and the CSA project as a service to our area’s needy.
3. Community Awareness
a. Host the Earth Day Parade in April, with community involvement and support.
b. Continue to raise positive community awareness of permaculture principles and Little Artshram’s activities.
4. Organizational Development
a. Continue careful growth and development of the Little Artshram Board.
b. Return to a position of good standing with the Recreation Authority (if this is not achieved in 2011).
c. Modify our organizational structure to ensure appropriate oversight of operations. As part of this process, develop an Organizational Assessment in conjunction with Northsky Nonprofit Network.
d. Communicate more clearly and consistently with the Botanic Gardens and with SEEDS. We will encourage our partners to engage in a more consistent calendar of meetings.
5. Site-Plan Design
Proceed with a year-long final design phase and planning of Little Artshram’s 4.3 acre parcel, preparing a detailed site-plan. This permaculture design will bring together and use a range of different tools, approaches and techniques as appropriate to the 4.3 acres, within the 56 acre barns park, including: Built Environment, Culture and Education, Finance and Economics, Health and Well-being, Land and Nature Stewardship, Land Tenure and Community Governance, and Tools and Technology. The design process will include:
a. Further surveying of the 4.3 acres of land, including the neighbors, people/community who work and maintain it;
b. A comprehensive analysis with an input-output and sector analysis;
c. A final design, which includes sector planning, zoning, sectional elevation, design by the removal of limiting factors (McHarg Exclusion Method); and an Ecological footprint analysis.
e. Making a “financial permaculture” capital fundraising plan; a planting plan; and a phasing and scheduling plan.
f. Preparing a good maintenance plan which includes detailed management plans; calendars and workdays, with regular monthly monitoring systems developed for the assurance that investments of time, money and energy bear fruit.
g. Evaluation of the design work including feedback and information that tell us how well we did, how we can improve, and identifying the next steps in the on-going process of this design, including questionnaires, surveys, and group discussion.
h. Other methods used in this design plan process are:
**OBRIEDM Observation, Boundaries, Resources, Implementation (With a clearly communicated plan of action), Evaluation (What we have, and how elements interact), Design (Base Map with overlays), Maintain (taking both sweat equity and financial energy into consideration)
**Yeoman’s Relative Permanence Scale guiding the order in which the landscape of the 4.3 acres is designed (Climate, Land shape, Water, Roads, Trees, Buildings, Fences and boundaries, Soil) and Keyline Planning
**Use of Pattern Language: uncovering patterns that we’ve observed in the way we are creating this place of community gathering, education and interfacing with the activities, mission and vision of the other barns property entities.