Highline Community College
April 4, 2008
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General Principles: Ethics
Work with nature, not against it: use it as a teacher.
* Everything in nature 'gardens' - for example, deer in a
forest cultivate edible shoots by 'pruning' them back.
* Minimum effort for maximum output - perfected,
apparently, by a 'do-nothing' farmer in Japan.
* The problem is the solution - for example, thistles on
grazing land, which livestock don't eat, benefit the
fertility and condition of the soil.
* There's no theoretical limit to yield - only the
imagination of the designer.
* Multiple elements and multiple functions - something
as simple as a greenhouse is useful not just for
propagating plants: it extends the growing season,
collects rainfall from the roof, reflects sunlight...
Observe and Interact
Catch and Store Energy
Obtain a Yield
Use and value renewable
resources and services, e.g.
Produce No Waste
Apply Self-Regulation and
Design from Patterns to
Integrate, Don’t Segregate
Use Small & Slow
Use & Value Diversity
Use Edges, Value Margins
Creatively Use & Respond
No Dig Gardening
And your friendly Librarian!