I must admit that I have learned a ton so far in this class. One of the mantras I've heard so much in past years is "Think globally, act locally." That is great advice and certainly worthy of respect but a lot of the readings and activities in this course while certainly containing global implications look to act "regionally" while certainly including and improving your individual site.
For the class projects, I am using the Project House and you have seen some of the improvements already if you are following me on Instagram or via your smart phone search AridAcresHomestead. The course has shown me that permaculture design incorporates a lot of factors I may have subconsciously been aware of but now have to think about when deciding plant placement, water features, etc.
In the week one we have completed a sector map that includes natural elements like wind direction, winter and summer sun paths, flood water flow, noise factors, pollution possibilities, etc. We also created a map of the Permaculture Zones.
Week 2 has proven to be thought provoking for me. After learning more about Sectors and Zones we revisited our original maps and revised them and we've been using Google Earth a lot. I've learned so much from using that and including topography and watershed information as well as factoring in things like population growth and it's impact on resources both site specific, locally and regionally.