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Consultation

  • Consultation

    We offer several levels of consultation:

    1 hour consultation - $65

    This service is available within one hour of Clearwater FL, or via phone, Skype or Google Hang-Out to anywhere in the world. For remote consultations, we request photos or videos of the site, the site address, and client questionnaire filled out before the interview, giving us sufficient time to review it.

    We will review your ideas of what you would like to do with your garden, we can review an existing garden and give you upgrading or "tweaking" recommendation, or we can give you recommendations for placement of some elements (such as raised beds or fruit trees). We spend 15 minutes reviewing your completed interview form, and will visit your site and discuss your options. This may include plant recommendations, bed design, soil building, or whatever you most need. You will learn valuable things in this consultation that you are very unlikely to learn from a garden consultant who is not a permaculture designer. However, an actual permaculture design takes far longer than one hour. This service is for those on a limited budget who would like specific advice on how to save time and money and get a higher yield with their garden or farm, and do it all in a more sustainable fashion.

    1-3 hour mentoring consultation - $65-175

    For permaculture designers: Would you like your design reviewed by a professional? Would you like to ensure you are covering every angle and not missing anything important? This service is great for beginning designers who would like to receive mentoring while they build up their business. It can also give your prospective client the confidence he needs to pay you well. Everybody wins with this service. We want to see beginning designers become successful, and this service can help you go deeper, faster into the design process, reducing your learning curve.

    3 hour consultation - $175

    3 hour consultation (recommended): $175 plus travel if site is more than 1 hour from Clearwater, FL. For this consultation we ask that you do some homework first, which will give you a much higher value. We review your completed client interview and site assessment, and then visit your site and ask additional questions while walking it, to ensure we fully understand what you want and any challenges on the site. We will then discuss options with you. When we have agreed on a direction, we will provide a written report documenting what we discussed and including additional information such as suggested plant lists and placement, guilds, water and energy saving recommendations. This is not a permaculture design - a real design cannot be completed in three hours. It entails an assessment and recommendations that you can use to complete your own design and avoid some or perhaps all of the major pitfalls that you might otherwise encounter.

    1 day consultation  - $400

    1 day consultation (recommended for more depth): $400 plus travel expenses if site is more than one hour from Clearwater, FL. We will provide you with a client interview and site assessment survey ahead of time and ask you to provide that information about your property before we arrive. We will then visit the site and walk the property with you. In the process, we will explore your goals with you. We will dig deeply into key areas that you feel and we assess are the major challenges on your site or where you want to understand all of your options. You will be presented with a number of ideas about how to approach your site that could potentially save you thousands of dollars. The report for a one day consultation is usually 15+ pages and is tailored to your needs. In some cases, clients will request a multi-day consultation which is also available.