“Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.” – Bill Mollison

Permaculture gives us the tools to survive uncertainty, to stop harming and start regenerating the earth, water, soil, plants, and animals we depend on, and to grow enough to share with our human and wild communities.

Almost all the land in the American Southeast Piedmont has been over-farmed, over-timbered, and over-developed for centuries. This is why Permaculture teaches that we need to go beyond sustainability into the renewal and regeneration of the land we live with.

Building rich topsoil on depleted pasture, charging the groundwater and stopping erosion, feeding our family and community, and creating places for other beings are some of the greatest roles a human can be called to play – and we are being called right now to get our hands in the soil and create life. 


It is said that traditional agriculture is labor intensive; modern agriculture is energy and pollution intensive; and permaculture is “information intensive.” In Permaculture design, we take a deep breath and slow down before we set up systems that could become difficult to maintain. We observe the land, weather, and water. We find the harmony between us and the land that is there waiting to be heard.

Let us help you:

  • Create an ecological design that integrates home, landscape, and people into a harmonious whole.
  • Move from consumer to producer of your own food, medicine, energy, and community.
  • Regenerate the land you live with, whether it’s an urban backyard or dozens of acres.
  • Be resilient in the face of increasing economic and ecological turbulence.
  • Minimize mistakes and turmoil by observing and designing up-front and anticipating challenges.
  • Learn about your local plants, animals, wild foods, seasonal lifeways, and ecosystems.
  • Take back your time by using holistic design to create low-maintenance systems.
  • Beautify, restore, and nourish the ecosystems and communities you exist in.
  • Learn the transformative design system of Permaculture to use in your own daily life.
  • Get support for your own Permaculture work from friendly designers with different experiences.

Permaculture teaches that we all have a vital role to play in the health of the ecosystems we depend on.

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When the ways we feed, shelter, clothe, heal, delight, and care for ourselves and our neighbors renew the soil, water, air, and wild diversity – it is then, at last, that we wanderers are home.

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.

*please let me know if I’m missing anyone from North Carolina


Little posts on Permaculture from Matt 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…

Branch out

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

Matthew Watersong


2514 Damascus Church Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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