about freeradiantbunny

about freeradiantbunny

Given that permaculture projects are information intensive, FreeRadiantBunny is software for displaying Site Analysis and Assessment Reports.


FreeRadiantBunny is an information system for developing a permaculture-based Site Anaylsis & Assessment report. The report is hosted in the form of a website and may be printed in booklet form.


The code is written in JavaScript. An instance of a node.js Express webserver queries a postgresql database and generates the markup as HTML5 with CSS.


The code's license is a free software license (GNU GPL v2.0) and the npm modules is should be changed to the MIT License.


The project's website's homepage is: freeradiantbunny.org


The project's software repository is:


The plan is to start a LLC in Massachusetts to organize the development of the freeradiantbunny software and to steward the code as a free software project that is dedicated to helping permaculture inquirers document gardenmaps, helping gardeners who need garden assistance along the Butterfly Corridor, and the practicing herbalists and the herbalists' clients.


mascotThe project's mascot is "Kitto" (the Botany Bunny), a.k.a. Radiant Bunny, our intrepid spirit guide. For more about Kitto, see Who is Radiant Bunny?





Because Permaculture Projects Are Information Intensive

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The FreeRadiantBunny software exists to help aid people who are growing food in a permaculture way. The core assumption is that permaculture projects are information intensive. This notion is traced to the first chapter of Bill Mollison's Introduction book. If we assume that a permaculture project has this characteristic, we are using information systems when we design and implement.

This is why FreeRadiantBunny enters the scene. The purpose of this application is to help site owners and permaculture designers manage the shall-we-say more virtual aspects of the project at hand. Concepts galore are swirling around. That's part of wonderfulness of permaculture.

Nevertheless, this is a unique abstract problem domain, and one that is ripe with possibilities. So while we dream and code, this project aims to host a community space, a place for sharing and coordination, where many people may benefit and helpful information system tools could be used by all.

For more on this, check out the following links:

FreeRadiantBunny and the Farmers's Eye

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[Farmer's Eye]The Free Radiant Bunny software exists to help aid people who are growing food in a permaculture way. Well, when doing permaculture design a person makes lists of plants.

The Free Radiant Bunny program started as a way to aid in keeping these lists of plants. Of course, a simple plant list can turn into a crop plan before the butterfly flaps her wings. For a second there, the database tables where like a dust storm around me.

Now, the crazy fascinating thing that happened was that -- while analyzing that data model of a crop plan for a CSA project -- the Farmer's Eye virtual table was found. Like walking through the grass and suddenly spotting a flower of extraordinary beauty, the virtual table appeared within the database schema design. The solution is a fascinating solution because it resides in the mind, a construct of empirical observations. But, what is a virtual table but a helpful junction for many data entities.

Alas, however, the story of the Farmers's Eye is a story for another day. Because, when the sun and moon both set, all virtual table set as well over the sands.



FreeRadiantBunny and the Farmers's Eye

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FreeRadiantBunny is inquiring systems theory for permaculture designers.

This adds a search box to the design project. You can ask the project questions.

An inquiring system is software design theory, a strategy for building a hack appmap stack to help document the systems and to aid in making decisions about the garden, and a cluster node.js webservers organized in such a way that the sytem enables learning and creating the gardenmap with layers of virtual trace-paper.

The design assumes that the permaculture design process is information intensive.

The application turns the project's documentation into a knowledge management system.

The project has a formal organization so that the stewardship of the software can be maintained in the form of an on-going free software project with responsive develop community.


More Perspectives

FreeRadiantBunny is free software for displaying the documentation of permaculture-style design projects.

The goal is to have a centralizing way to log all of the artifacts when designing and implementing an edible garden.

The base cases range from a simple urban household's containerezied edible forest graden to more advanced forms such as a poly-culture hedgerow on a raised-bed-style farm.

The use cases include easy input of design artifacts and an inquiring system for when it comes time to analyze the garden's plant matrix and search the connections.

Think of it as a website that has a map of the edible garden.

The map's layers are viewable as virtual trace paper, each with their own point-of-view.

Learn more: about FreeRadiantBunny.


Who is Radiant Bunny?


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FreeRadiantBunny docs

Goal Statements

Here are the goals of the freeradiantbunny project.

1. We have a big overall goal: freeradiantbunny helps people who grow food by helping to construct a Site Analysis and Assessment Report (website) that has plant lists.

2. We maintain a focus upon people who have adopted one or more of the following roles: observers, site owners, and permaculture designers. Specifically:

  1. freeradiantbunny helps observers collect data and build a Site Analysis and Assessment Report.
  2. freeradiantbunny helps site owners display the Site Analysis and Assessment Report.
  3. freeradiantbunny helps permaculture designers make use of a Site Analysis and Assessment Report to design.

3. We maintain freeradiantbunny as a free software project and a web application.


last updated: 2021

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