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Permaculture Design for Vancouver Island

For me, involving a professional in the landscape and design industry on a property where we have little local knowledge is important. Working with you specifically – we get a thoughtful approach to development where the impact on the land is part of the design process and ultimate decision on what gets done.

Leslie McGeough

I tell people about the process. The site visit, and discussion, evaluation of initial plan, and steps toward a final planting plan. I think there are numerous people who like the idea of doing the work themselves but need direction. Certainly I mention that you have lots of experience with permaculture and edible landscaping ideas. I tell people that if they are looking for a standard lawn and flowery borders, you aren’t the person to ask. If people are interested in being sensible with water and incorporating native and edible plants, you are a great resource. I tell them that you can just help develop a plan or do the plan and the work.

David and Mary Brewster

If you want someone very knowledgeable, honest and nice to work with then Jamie is the guy. Not inexpensive but good value.

Marjory Miller

Permaculture design is an regenerative landscape design system we use in conjunction with the Regrarian platform when creating designs for our clients. Permaculture design is drive by a set of three ethics:

  1. Earth care
  2. People care
  3. Return of surplus or often termed fair share

This holistic approach to land design optimizes resources which are currently on your site and mimics natural patterns to create a very naturalistic and highly functioning design. An example of on an existing resource might be water flowing onto your property from a neighbours, often seen as a liability, this is a valuable resource.

With our extensive award winning landscape design experience, permaculture design is a natural and holistic extension. Imagine how your life would be if you were regularly eating food from your own garden.
We can design an an abundant, easy to manage food garden which will increase your food security and provide you with hours of enjoyment in your garden.
Your family will enjoy the high levels of food density which typically come with permaculture practices, this in turn brings improved flavour and high nutritional benefits.

Food security is just one part of increasing a site resiliency, another equally important strategy is the use of passive water harvesting. Water coming off of any hard surface can be directed to and stored with your soils, your plants will be able to access this during the growing season. One of the main objectives in any permaculture design is to slow down and pacify the water which falls or enters your property. Water transports nutrients as it moves through the landscape which again benefits all of your plantings. Using strategies to store water high in the landscape you can have the option of gravity feed irrigation which reduces energy and gets you and your family closer to becoming self sufficient.

Permaculture is not a simple system of design, it takes into account many aspects of your site that is not normally considered in a typical landscape design. Various elements that are introduced into your design will be carefully placed and considered as to how they interact with other parts of your design. This system of stacking elements is one of the benefits of permaculture, we build resilience into your landscape through diversity and creative use of elements which benefit and support one another.

Along with creating a diverse system permaculture practices are very energy efficient which means that the time you spend managing your landscape will be reduced while still holding a high aesthetic value.

Permaculture is a sustainable system produces more energy than it consumes, enough in surplus to maintain and replace that system over its lifetime.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design system which supplies all our needs wile benefiting the environment.

Permaculture is an integrated system of design, Mollison co-developed with David Holmgren, that encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities.
In 1978, Mollison collaborated with David Holmgren, and they wrote a book called Permaculture One. Bill Mollison founded The Permaculture Institute in Tasmania, and created a training system to train others under the umbrella of Permaculture. Bill Mollison’s system of train the trainer has taught thousands of people how to grow food and be sustainable using the Permaculture method.

 

 

Permaculture Ethics

The practice of permaculture design is governed by three ethics.

1.Earth Care

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2.People Care

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3.Return of surplus or as some have termed it Fair share.

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“Permaculture  is a sustainable design system stressing the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth. The core of permaculture is design and the working relationships and connections between all things. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” – Bill Mollison

 

 

 

Edible Landscape Design

Foodscaping, sometimes called edible landscaping or front yard farming, is a type of landscaping in which all or major areas of a lawn on private property or sometimes public property are used to grow food. It has been considered as a hybrid between farming and landscaping in the sense of having an “all-encompassing way of growing a garden, feeding yourself, and making it look pretty” with an “integrative landscape”.

Grass and shrubberies are replaced with berry bushes or other plants which yield fruits and vegetables which can mean lower bills at the grocery store. In contrast to having a backyard vegetable garden or raised bed for flowers or other enclosed or fenced-in space where fruits and vegetables are grown, foodscaping is more extensive, with “implementation of edible foods into the landscape.”
Instead of just planting shrubs, trees, vines, grasses and ground covers, foodscaping involves adding edible plants that add interest, color, texture and, of course, taste.

—Anne Marie O’Phelan

Holistic Land Design System

‘Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.’ – David Holmgren

 

 

“We found the design process enjoyable and the final product very much in keeping with our ideas of what a garden should be. We were very satisfied with the final product. We were also very impressed with your professionalism and skills and look forward to working with you again when we undertake our next landscaping project.”

G. Kingston

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