East Tennessee Permaculture: A Case Study

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Permaculture is a system of agriculture and society whose design is inspired by patterns observed in natural ecosystems. As Mollison states: "Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; "[1]. The Permaculture movement began in the 1970's as an alternative farming strategy that seeks "permanent agriculture". The term evolved to permanent-culture, since the social aspects are important in the agriculture. The term permaculture goes beyond food production, it is a sustainable system that provides food, energy, shelter, as well as the social components [2][3].
The Sun is main source of energy in well-designed permaculture system. For instance, plants use the energy of the sun to produce food. The heat from the sun helps the compost to decompose faster. Solar stoves, solar lamps and solar heaters help to reduce the energy requirements. The Sun can also supply the electricity needs of the permaculture farm. The prime objective of this case study is to analyze the use of the photovoltaic installation in East Tennessee Permaculture research institute. To answer this question, I performed an on-site analysis and personal interview David Bolt, founder of ETPRI.
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In 1950 it was a gas station, later, a used car called "Rebel Motors". In the year 2000, the property became a roofing construction company which erected the current building. In 2009 David bought the property to fund Sustainable Future, a company that focused on solar installations. In 2014 he established the East Tennessee Permaculture Institute, an institute that promotes agriculture with natural elements to increase yield while enriching the land. This institute allows people in Knoxville to see the practice of permaculture and to demonstrate the benefits of permaculture to the community
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