There are no mistakes in a forest. There is no problem that does not hold the seed of its own solution.

There is no waste in a forest. There is no fertilizer, no irrigation, no weeding. Every being’s gifts are another being’s needs.

We don’t have to do it all. Trees want to grow. Animals create homes. Everything gardens. We only have to join in.

We don’t have to know it all. When we hear the land, tending our home becomes a dance. Each step follows the next.

We don’t have to hurry. Life has a rhythm. If we feel too busy, we can try on a tree’s sense of time.

We don’t have to grow alone. The resilience of a tree is in the other trees, plants, fungi, and animals. We complete each other.

Flowering forest garden path
Mulched path in a small forest garden. In the garden, shrubs, trees, animals, and vegetables can be integrated together. Weeds are used as food, medicine, habitat, and mulch. Once established, the plants grow with little-to-no water or human intervention.

Instead of interrupting the song of life, Permaculture teaches us how to join the music. It shows that each of us is needed exactly where we are. Together we find our way home – back to the garden, where all good things begin.

Working With Us

(Co-) Designing

We help you learn and apply the permaculture design system to your home and land and offer continual support through the seasons.


We teach permaculture workshops and offer mentor and volunteer opportunities. Find a class or ask about teaching on your land.


We help you learn the skills to tend land in a permaculture way. We also can help with specialized work, like earthworks.

Seedballs – Permaculture writings by Matthew Watersong

  • No script, no master plan
    Imagine you wanted to help a relationship with someone and so you visited a therapist together. You both tell the therapist your problems and pay them a lot of money. Everyone goes home, and in Read more…
  • Skip the Compost Pile?
    Compost is the miraculous formed in worm guts; a homebrew resurrection where weeds, rinds, peels, junk mail, old love letters, failed food experiments and delicious leftovers alike find themselves heaped together to surrender their past Read more…
  • Permaculture Learning Guild
    We’re lucky to know so many inspiring humans who are practicing and learning permaculture locally but they’re often doing it alone, or nearly so. As an art that is fundamentally about beneficial interconnections, We know Read more…

Permaculture is deeply indebted to the rooted generational wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the lands where we work, live, and heal. We grow gratefully in the shade of the seed breeders, the land tenders, the song and story keepers, and all those who knew how to be harmony to the great music of earth. If you are inspired to support our local indigenous peoples, please consider giving to the Occaneechi Saponi, the Haliwa Saponi, the Cherokee, the Lumbee, and the other indigenous wisdom keepers of this land that feeds and shelters us.

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For design, workshops, or any permaculture help, reach out. We'd love to help.

Matthew Watersong


Living in Cedar Grove, NC

Working in NC, SC, and VA.

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