At Edible Ecoscapes we employ practices based on the principles of Permaculture. We strive to design systems to mimic the integrities of wholistic ecosystems. Creating sites using these methods simultaneously creates highly functional and productive gardens while being pleasing on the eye.

Permaculture, coined to mean “permanent agriculture”, seeks to design farm and garden systems with long term sustainability in mind. Originally developed by Bill Mollison in Australia, these practices aim to simultaneously provide people with a diverse bounty of nutritional sustenance while carefully recycling natural resources. It is our goal to design our projects with this intention. Included in Permaculture are methods of mimicking natural environments. Landscapes are designed to care for the earth, care for people, and return surpluses back to the garden or farm.

What does this mean for your home garden? We will design your home garden with strategy to help you capture the natural advantages of your site and help you return surpluses back into your system thus creating a closed loop.

12 Principles of Permaculture:

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.spiral 1
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

Please check out Joe’s Profile at the Worldwide Permaculture Network

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