Class Permaculture Design Project Update

Okay, so my friend Indi suggested I should document my class project. So here goes.

I’ve been working on a 20 acre parcel in Kapahi Homesteads. Its AG land that has previously been used for pineapple and sugar cane production and recently been used over the years as a pasture, the the soil has been compacted and contoured. It has great breezes and views over Kealia beach. I wished for a large project, and boy is it large and full of possibilities.

Here are two challenges I’m running into.The first challenge is that it’s in escrow and the realtor is out of town and won’t let us on the property without an agent for liability reasons. I NEED to walk the land, observe it and be one with it. I need it to tell me what goes where and feel it out. I need to observe its patterns and elements. Until I can walk the land I’m stuck using Google earth. I’ve virtually circumnavigated every inch of it yet haven’t set foot on it. I’m even dreaming about it and designing in my sleep. Second challenge, it that I’ve decided to design and present my project using Google Sketchup. Problem is I don’t know how to use it and there’s a giant learning curve which takes time. So maybe I have to hand draw it old school style. I need transparency paper. I went to Walmart, Hopaco the office supply store and Longs. None of them have transparency paper. WTH? Sometimes i dislike this island. You just can’t get what you need when you need it or you have to drive to 8 places to find something so simple. Ugh! Ok, I’m done venting. Thanks for listening.  I know there are solutions to every problem so I’ll find it at some point.

Other than that, I’m completely stoked to design such a beautiful parcel. I’ll report back when I’ve walked the land.


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