Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. Permaculture was developed, and the term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. It has many branches that include but are not limited to ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, and regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
Being in city has its challenges and its strengths. On one hand, the environmental fabric has been decimated by urban sprawl, concrete and asphalt and artificial property lines. On the other, we have an amazing amount of human potential. It is part of why we advocate for the model of “Edible Neighborhoods“.
We always offer clients suggestions to incorporate these principles into our designs. It is at it’s core. We always recommend inputs and create soil on site, suggest ways to re-use materials such as broken concrete or logs for raised beds instead of fresh-milled lumber, group edible medicinal, dynamic accumulator plants in “guilds”, structure food forests to have the various levels of canopy, shrub layer, herbaceous layer and ground covers. We install cisterns and rain gardens when asked, and incorporate herbs and berries in and around those.
We actually do not pump up credentials because we believe our 20+ years of collective experience should carry weight, but in the case you care, our principal designer carries a degree in Community and Environmental Planning, and we have certified permaculture designers on staff–one of them teaches permaculture teachers. We also contract with other designers.