Why Permaculture design?
The permaculture design process is different from other landscape design processes because it is a creative educational collaboration between the client and designers. It is a whole system approach to the long-term needs of the land and the people living on it. With the big picture in mind, we help you to articulate and discover your best interests and goals in order to meet them with our landscape design ideas.
In this approach, buildings, water systems, energy production, food and medicine cultivation, commercial enterprises, educational facilities, farm animals and ecological restoration are all integrated so they work together better than they would work apart. As permaculture designers, we gather many types of information from the land and from the client in order to create a design that reflects a deeper understanding of the landscape in their care, and of how it relates to the client’s life.
Benefits from Permaculture planning and management:
- Improved resiliency and self-reliance for individuals and communities in these times of declining oil, resource struggles, environmental degradation, and global economic instability.
- Long-term cost savings through careful planning that deals with landscape design and placement issues, using a whole systems design approach. This approach assures that the elements of a landscape are connected in ways that are mutually beneficial, thus meeting the needs of the client, the land, and future generations.
- Long-term, diverse, seasonal yields of wholesome and healthy foods and medicines from the land through effective growing practices and sustainable land management.
- Energy, soil, water, and resource conserving landscape design that will save money while restoring health and abundance to the land.
- Design or retrofitting of the built environment, including houses, barns, sheds, greenhouses and roads, and integration of buildings into the existing landscape in ways that are climatically appropriate, energy and resource conserving, and ecologically and aesthetically sensitive.
- Integration of diverse business ventures and income generation strategies that create yields to sustain the project over time.
- Storm water and on-site water conservation and management including re-use of water for irrigation, ground water storage and enhancement, and the development of site appropriate earthworks for ponds, swales, and roads.
- Restoration of damaged landscapes and ecosystems through site specific erosion control strategies, stream bank stabilization, re-vegetation, pasture management, and ecological forest management.
- Restoring native plant and wildlife populations and biodiversity to fields and forests.
- Effective animal management systems that actually restore, rather than degrade soil fertility and the health of the land.
- Provide a living, working, inspiring example of ecologically based land development and management.