Greetings, The Core Members of the TM Water Working Group have invited all interested participants to a 3-month study circle that is focused on rainwater harvesting and how it relates to permaculture concepts.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13, at the Pink House, 601 East Wright Street. We will be discussing Bill Mollison's Permaculture Designer's Manual. On Jan 27, the water group will be discussing material from
Brad Landcaster's Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume
1: Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life and Landscape. ( http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/.) The study circles will continue on Jan. 27; Feb. 10 and 24; March 10 and 24 at the same location and time. We request that all interested participants send an RSVP before attending to Christopher402@gmail.com.
A diverse group of 15 participants have signed up for the discussion, Transition members from Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Bend, Bay View, Riverwest, Milwaukee, East Side, and South Milwaukee. We would like to see more people join us. We hope to have an excellent conversation during the study circle, but are time will be limited. I have created this space to make sure everyone has an opportunity to voice their opinion. I hope you all will feel comfortable expressing your views and asking questions while reading the material. Here are a few questions to ponder and answer.
What value are you discovering in permaculture and rainwater harvesting principles and practices?
What concerns do you have about implementing whole system designs at your home, business or city?
How did the shared discussions and readings increase your personal sense of self-reliance?
Do the readings inspire you to implement whole-system water and soil solutions, adding more local resilience within your community? In what way?
Look forward to reading your comments, Chris Terbrueggen, Core Member of the Water Working Group
On January 27, 2011 fourteen participants gathered at the Pink House for a potluck supper, networking and discussion of the Introduction and Chapter One of Brad Lancaster's Rainwater Harvesting Vol I. Our discussion string of what participants gleaned from the reading follows:
Abundance/ scarcity: We often speak more of the latter when what our focus needs to be is the former.
Gray water: The practical how and the why - harvest for garden use?
Cisterns: experiences, wishes, hesitations
Watershed: the big picture Are we harvesting or hoarding?
need a slow approach....plant water...look for fruition
Mr. Phiri: "rhyme with nature" We have so often been separate from nature.
Individual effort vis a vis MMSD and laterals
Control water to use it: or free it up to flow through our space to others. Not necessarily opposed. How do you envision it?
Agriculture...........needs conscious evolutionary effort to become......Permaculture
That on which all the rest balances
We were well fed and supplied much encouragement and offers of assistance to our co-participants.
Next Gathering: Feb 10, 6:30 Pink House 601 E Wright: Read Chapter Five, Bill Mollison's Permaculture: A Designer's Manual: contact core team for assistance in accessing. All are welcome (psst.... you can even attend if you haven't read...food and encouragement! ...sustenance for the C journey ahead ).
Here are the notes from the last Permaculture/ Rainwater Harvesting Study Circle on March 10. Chris
Interactions between parts
Designing systems to minimize needs/ maximize yields, zones, sectors
Spatial temporary ninches
Strategies for creativity
interrelationships of map layers
fit your needs to existing patterns
competition absorbs energy
Branching ( trees) orders of magnitude
tribal uses of patterning ( signing)
deep level of patterning ( navigation)
hard to grasp/ voice
Patterns help us replicate things that work well
help us focus on what needs attention- misuse of patterning