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Introduction

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We provide short consultations or full designs to help you create the sustainable home or farm you've been dreaming of. We've viewed and analyzed hundreds of diverse sites and can help you save time and money getting the results you want on your site. We work from a holistic, integrated viewpoint - we understand that all elements must be considered to create a truly sustainable and resilient design. We help you assess needs and resources and help connect the dots in a way that will bring your project to the next level, and keep getting better.   

Urban design - Edible landscapes

We design landscapes to be both beautiful and functional. An edible landscape is:

  • Organic
  • Easy to care for – less work than conventional gardens
  • Aesthetic, beautiful and interesting
  • Healthy, providing nutritious food year around
  • Economical – skip the fertilizer, and reduce your grocery bill with fresh, healthy food you grew yourself
  • Natural – we design gardens to work with natural systems, rather than fighting them

We access an unusual selection of attractive plants, both native and non-native, that grow well in Florida conditions and will provide abundant food in small spaces. If you want to do it yourself but need some help getting started, we can give you great advice on what to plant, when, and how. Interested in selling what you grow? We can help with that, too.

An edible forest garden can provide food year around with little upkeep or care. The idea behind it is that by mimicking natural systems, we can work with nature's energies and do less work ourselves. Perennial plants in Florida often offer harvests for many months out of the year and require little care or upkeep to keep producing, year after year. We specialize in working with plants that thrive in Florida and taste like more familiar annuals that are difficult to grow in this climate, like spinach and lettuce. Many of the plants we work with are highly nutritious as well as very attractive. Some of them have medicinal qualities as well.

Rain catchment, irrigation and water filtration systems

Water security is an important part of planning for resiliency. This is an issue wherever you live, because of groundwater depletion, salinization and potential toxins in the supply. Where should you place rain catchment? What materials should you use? How much do you need? How can you use water most efficiently in your landscape and household? We can help you create a whole systems package, unique to your site and your personal needs, that will reduce your water needs substantially and give you an emergency back-up water supply. 

Ponds

Enjoy the aesthetics of a backyard pond that is a naturally balanced system. When you have all the elements of nature present, there is very little care needed. Aquaculture (a balanced pond system that supports fish and/or crustaceans) can bring more abundance into your yard.

Shelter and energy

We offer energy reduction analysis, consultations on planned renovations, and partnerships with green architects and builders to maximize energy savings, aesthetics and integration of the built environment with the natural world. 

Small farms

We're aware of the issues that small farms deal with and confront on a daily, seasonal and year to year basis. We use a Holistic Management process to ensure that we fully understand your goals, and can help you achieve them through increasing resiliency and optimum use of resources. We help you find ways to reduce loss and increase yield, as well as diversify for additional income. We understand the challenges of a small business as well as the challenges of a farm ecosystem. We help you look at viability of various approaches based on your interests and resources including agroforestry, agroecology, aquaculture, value added, polyculture, and other potential yields. 

Designing for resiliency

It's good to be prepared for any contingency, whether you live in an urban or rural area. We have helped individuals and groups design property to be fully off grid and self-sufficient. We have many resources to help you achieve this and we design for the whole picture - including creative financing for your project, crafting workable agreements, food, water and energy security, etc.

Guarantee

We provide a value that goes beyond monetary, because we focus on design that increases quality of life. But we also guarantee you'll save more than our consulting fee in installation, construction, maintenance, energy, equipment and/or labor costs if you implement our suggestions.