Permaculture Site Analysis - Thanks to Penny Livingston-Stark

 

SITE

Available Resources – Acreage, Building Materials, Access, Fertility, Water, Energy sources, etc.

Constraints

Water Flows – Annual Rainfall

Temperatures – Extreme highs and lows as well as seasonal averages

Solar Access – Insolation

Elevation and Slope

Wind Patterns – Yearly average as well as seasonal patterns

Wildlife Pathways, Riparian Zones, Hedgerows, Forests

Adjacent Property and Watershed Influences, Neighbors, Culture/Ext Community

Soil – Texture, Structure, fertility

Drainage

Geology

Utilities, Above and Below Ground

Existing Structures and Roads,

History – Sacred sites, burial sites

 

SOIL

Soils Map Available from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) or Resource Conservation District (RCD)

Soil Analysis available from Agricultural Extension Service

Texture – Proportion of Clay/Sand/Silt

Structure – Available Nutrients, Organic Matter, Aeration/Compaction – Soil Health

Erosion Concerns

Vegetation

 

WATER

Water Flows, Creeks, Seeps, Ponds, Lakes, Etc.

Water Rights

Surface and Subsurface Water Rainfall Pattern

Grey and Black Water Potential

Water Harvesting and Storage Potential

 

PLANTS

Existing Vegetation, Species, Size, and Health

Indicator Plants

Resource Plants

Detrimental Plants (Invasive Species)

Habitat Species

 

ANIMALS

Existing Animals, Domestic and Wild

Human Impacts

Animal Pathways

Nests

Food, Shelter, Water Sources

 

PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Long term Goals, Wants, and Needs

Community interactions and impact

Use of Space

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