Kevin at Earthway Experience talking about the zones system, zone one specifically


Earthway Experience Permaculture Center

This is a quick view of an option for how to configure your “zone 1″.

For those not familiar with the Permaculture zone system, what we try to do is locate things that are intensive and require our presence frequently closer to our home and things which do not further away. Like most other design concepts we embrace, it is about creating efficiency just by either reducing our inputs or increasing our yields. When we are really hot, we do both at once.

So anyway we have 6 zones, and like any good engineer we start with 0. They are:
Zone 0- The actually living space
Zone 1- The intensive and frequently visited areas.
Kitchen/herb garden, greenhouse, propagation area, worm bin, kitchen waste bucket
Zone 2- The less intensive areas which still need fairly regular maintenance.
Livestock, perennials which need mulched and pruned, bee hives, compost operations.
Zone 3- Main crop area
Anything growing in large volume, for market and such. Also starch crops that require little maintenance
Zone 4- The semi wild
This is very low maintenance. Place to gather fire wood, possibly coppicing trees. Herb or mushroom gathering. Other wild crafting.
Zone 5- Left to nature
This is the area we leave be. We don’t need it for ourselves and we benefit from the interactions that nature has with our systems.

That’s a basic view, but it kind of lays it out for you.

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