Now that I was back in the mindset of actually doing real school work, I was much less anxious. It helped that my friend was letting me use her property for my project, though. It also is pretty cool to tell everything I am learning to my husband and bestie.
This week we needed to create our Base Map and sector compass. What are these silly things?? Well, basically your base map is the bottom most layer map of the property your working on. It contains all the NECESSARY things that are on the property, the main things, house, animal locations, wells, septic areas, etc. You want to add in where the driveway is, any permanent structures, and roads that come onto/near the property.
Basically, this is the map that you ADD your designs to. It's the most important layer of your maps! Your base map can be drawn by hand or on a drawing program such as photoshop (check out my links tab above, there are links to free drawing programs!). I wanted to draw mine by hand, but do you see all those trees?? Man. There are too many to draw and stay sane in the end. So I decided to use a satellite image from Google Maps in order to keep the trees in order. On top of that I added in the important information, like I stated above.
My base map was particularly difficult to make due to the fact the satellite images are not current! So it didn't show anything important like, the location of the house! That was a pretty stressful thing to try and figure out. Thankfully Miss L had some documents from when they needed to send a site plan into the city for approval. I was able to use information that they had filed away to really help me out and create a great base map. Something else that I found really difficult was making it to scale. It was hard for me to wrap my mind around it, to figure out what sizes to do! I had to do some Googling, but finally figured it out. It's too bad that all my memory from being a math major has left me.........
This was kind of one of the most fun things to create! So, sectors are different elements that come onto your property. Things like wildlife, summer sun, winter sun, winds, noise, pollution, public access, personal access, and anything else you feel might be relevant to know. This information you put down will help you determine where to put your design elements in the future. Again, this totally can be done by hand! I really wanted to, but, you know... the trees. 15 acres of trees is... well, a lot of trees! I can't wait to be able to do this all on a smaller bit of property. With the free intro to permaculture class I will be taking, I plan on using my tiny rental property, for sure.
These two maps I feel are some of the most important pieces of information you need to complete your Project Design! They give your information that is unchangeable, that way you can incorporate these hinderances in your design. Remember, "the problem is the solution".
Or so the big Permies say...
I'm Adrienne! Stay tuned for my adventures in beginning homesteading.
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