The key to improving is lots of observation
where we can log things that happen around the farm (but there is nothing here yet)
Temperature and humidity at different places around the farm. Real time water meter readings. (And text alerts if we left the water on somewhere). Wind direction and speed. Solar power generation. The water levels in the rain barrels. When the mail truck pulls up out front.
can have sensors, cameras, microphones and are programmable using free and open source software. Motion detection and computer vision software can tell a coyote from a squirrel and a bird from a butterfly. And do time lapse photography of weather…or even tree growth.
is a big part of the permaculture ethos. We will share our experiences, designs and gadgets with others. Open source software, open source hardware and open access science are part of building a community. Our automation projects can help us grow things using less water, for example. And that might be helpful to others in dry areas.