Permaculture Consulting & Design

Permaculture design is a system of developing conceptual, material and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all it's forms.
The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

Our Research Garden Head Quarters Permaculture Design

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More than sustainability!  These are some of the principals of this kind of Design.

  1. Regenerative -  Systems that are constantly building fertility and abundance.

  2. Emulate ecosystems - Designing with the model of a healthy ecosystem achieving great resilience in a landscape, for all of it's inhabitants.

  3. Return of Surplus -  Nothing goes to waist. Closed circuit systems that feed back into themselves.

  4. Energy Flow -   The least amount of input to the largest amount of output.

  5. Care for People and Planet - Connected diversity creates systems that are abundant and healthy for all.

  6. Water is Life - Enhance water enhance life.  Soak and spread water passively as much as possible.

  7. Whole Systems Design - All the energies of a site put into a harmonious design.


All the worlds problems can be solved in a garden.
— Geoff Lawton

  So how is the design process different from conventional garden design.  Let's go through the process.

  • Site Analysis - A careful session of listening to our clients and everything they know about their site.  We conduct our own research on the history of the site and proceed with documenting the site.  We take note of any issues and any key points of importance.  This data is very important in generating the eventual concept.

  • Climate Analogue - This is a smart look into the climactic factors on the property.  We address questions such as:  What are the micro climates?  What are the low and high spots?  What is the characteristics of the boundaries?  What is the annual rainfall amount?  What is the distance to the ocean?  Are there any orographic effects?  What are the sun angles?  Where are the prevailing winds?  As well we look at the contour lines of the site and any other grades in the landscape.  We make sure to always conduct a soil sample and test the soil for the potential for earthworks.  It is collecting this kind of data that will really make an impact on the decisions in the design regarding the biome we wre working with.

  • Sector Analysis - This is the people part.  Careful thought and observation will tell us how the humans move through the site.  We create zones 1 through 5.  1 being the most frequently visited and 5 being the least.  This data will effect the efficiency of the systems in the design.  The elements with the highest maintenance will be placed in the closest zones.

  • The Design & Plan - The design will showcase the current or eventual goals of the property.  It should exhibit good flow of energies and harmonic form.  It should also show good use of natural patterns and creativity.  We also strongly encourage the incorporation of art into the landscape.  The design will be the tool to create the implementation plan.  These instructions will help create an accurate pricing and schedule for the implementation of the project.

 

 

Planting Guilds Promote Resilient Landscapes

    

 

 

Planting guilds are plant relationships that work together to promote each others health and function.  In this case this nice Apple tree has a Verbascum that accumulates minerals in it's leaves and can be cut and dropped to the ground to help bring those minerals up to the surface for the surrounding plants.  There is a Cinnamon Yam vine using the Apple to climb up and the Strawberries grow well under Apples as they start flowering just before the Apple starts to create shade.  Filling the soil with plants also is a good way of reducing water loss through open soils.