Permaculture Design

Permaculture design helps us create systems which mimic the healthful patterns and relationships found in nature, yielding abundant, beautiful, and resilient food, shelter, health, energy, and community.

Permaculture systems leave the soil, air, water, and biological communities better off than they were. In a consciously designed permaculture system, humans are not a problem, but one of the keystone species of local regeneration.

In Permaculture design work, we stop struggling with what is and we listen for what wants to be. With patience and practice, we re-enter deep relationship with our wild and human communities. Rather than surviving by trying to control all the variables, we build literal and cultural soil.

How We Work

We’ve worked with our version of the Permaculture design process on sites ranging from dozens of acres to a few hundred square feet.  The people we work with have varying levels of experience and resources, and projects range from simple consultations to years long on-going relationships. 

We offer some standard suggested design services to help you understand what we do and decide how you’d best like us to help while staying within your budget.

We also offer:

If you’re not sure where to start, reach out and we can help.

using a laser to measure contour for digging a swale
Using a laser, we measure the precise contours of the land to plan a 600 foot long water and nutrient catching swale. Interventions like these can lead to dramatic changes in water and soil health, but they require observation and design.

About Permaculture Design

“I sometimes think that the only real purpose of an initial design is to evolve some sort of plan to get one started in an otherwise confusing and complex situation. If so, a design has a value for this reason alone, for as soon as we decide to start doing, we learn how to proceed.”
– Bill Mollison

For every design, we ask you to be deeply involved in the process.  We are not landscape architects.  We don’t want to look at your land and draw up a big design that tells you (or a landscaper) what to do!  You’ve been given a place to care for and you will come to know more about it than we ever can.

The design and consultation work we do is meant to give you a place to start and a place to come back to if you feel stuck, to help you see emergent patterns of plants, water, animals, people, structures, etc., and to help you deepen into the art of regenerating your land by meeting your needs.  It is also meant to teach you Permaculture

Permaculture design example
A beautifully drawn Permaculture design plan from Bill Mollison. We’ve found that a paper design like this isn’t always what’s needed, but some sort of plan can be of great help to begin and view the land as a whole.