Permaculture teaches: Listen deeply. Make small steps. The great music of earth is more beautiful when you join the song.

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 some other beings’ need.

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.

Flowering forest garden path
Mulched path in a small forest garden. In the garden, shrubs, trees, animals, and vegetables are integrated together. The garden has never been tilled. 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 design teaches us how to join the music. It shows us some of the dance steps (Patterns) and gives us hints (Principles) to keep finding our way back home.

Working With Us

(Co-) Designing

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


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


We tend your land with you as you learn or help organize a community work day. We also can help with specialized work, like earthworks.

Seedballs – Permaculture writings by Matthew Watersong

  • The doorstep
    Look back far enough into where you come from, past the upheavals and displacements of history and the endless alerts of our anxious screens, and you will find people who look, sound, cry, smile, and 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.

Branch out

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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