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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.

 

Consultations

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We offer different levels of consultation to match your needs. We strive to save you more than the cost of our consultation regardless of the level you choose. The more in depth we go with you, the more possibilities we will find for increasing yield and benefit from the project.

 


Single day consultation - $550

Recommended for clients with simple projects (e.g. food supply for an urban home), who are clear on what they want to do and have some knowledge of how to do it, are already into the project and have a few questions, are looking for specific assistance or recommendations for portions of the project, or would like to explore the working relationship before committing to a full design.

 

Includes:

· Client interview form including detailed goals of the client.
· Site walk and basic site assessment (each design is site specific).
· Further clarification of client’s goals and challenges.

 

· Written recommendations which may include some of the following. (The client’s needs and complexity of the project will determine which of these we focus on.):

· Plant list and general areas to plant.
· Soil building strategies and recommendations.
· Strategies for pests, security, noise, etc
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· Local resources that may reduce costs and time, and increase success.
· Methods to reduce costs of installation and/or maintenance and care.
· Recommendations for watering (does not include site specific detailed schematics).
· Recommendations for solar panels and related equipment (batteries, inverters, etc.)
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· Recommendations for alternative energy retrofits or sources.
· Basic budget or finance recommendations.



 

In-depth consultation (2+ days determined by size of site and complexity of the project and client’s needs) - $550 the first day/$450 subsequent days

Recommended for clients with complex or larger projects, or who are learning and need more in depth guidance, or would like help with “invisible structure” of the project such as strategy or finance, or would like consultation on many elements in their system.

May include some or all of the following depending on client’s needs.

Same as above but with these additional features:
· Deep goals analysis, prioritizing goals.
· Strategizing implementation (sequence of installation and expansion).
· Budget planning and business plan.
· In-depth site analysis and recommendations.
· Detailed plant list with care information.
· Detailed soil building plan.
· Schedule for intensive grazing.
· Detailed description of recommended appropriate tech such as solar system, biogas etc.
· General placement of elements, informal drawing.



 

Full permaculture design (4+ days determined by size of site and complexity of the project)


Recommended for clients who would like or need a detailed drawing of their design to help implement it. - $550 the first day/$450 subsequent days.

All of the above (as appropriate for the site and client) including the following:

· Deep goals assessment and implementation programming.
· Formal drawing of the site, including schematics for irrigation, plant placement, element placement.
· Detailed placement and info on each specific element on the site.
· Engineering report for solar permit on roof (if needed).

 

 

 

Longer term engagement for project that will take extended time to implement - $400/day

Recommended for clients with long term needs.

Permaculture Design

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Daily rate, usually takes between 3-5 days.

We will take all of the actions mentioned in the one day consultation. We then will explore options for each element of a full scale design incorporating sustainable food, water, energy, shelter, economic plan, land tenure and community elements. Once we have agreed on placement and function for each element, I will create a map and report that records these decisions. The report will usually include specific plant lists and placement, specific recommendations for water catchment, self-sufficient energy, increased yield from buildings, recommendations for animals, pond and water features, outline of economic plan, incorporation of community resources, and more. This will include a full systems analysis and integration of system elements to maximize yield while minimizing use of resources, especially non-renewable ones.

Apprenticeship Consultations

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We offer a unique service for Permaculture Design Course graduates and other new designers. We will review your designs and give you feedback on technical aspects of the design. You can advertise to your clients that you are working with our team which can give them more confidence in hiring you when you are first starting out. We want you to be the best designer you can be, and we would love to see many designs being implemented by professional designers in Florida. We can usually give you some valuable and in depth feedback with a one hour consulting slot (see our consulting rates here) which you may charge to the client since they will benefit. We will provide written comments and recommendations on:

Sector analysis

Zones

Incorporation of design principles

Placement and integration of elements

Water catchment

Plant choices

Waste stream

Passive heating/cooling

Other energy savings

Renewable energy

Finances/budget

Community elements

Legal structures

and more


1-3 hour mentoring consultation - $95-195

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.

Apprenticeship Programs:

We will have a number of opportunities for apprenticeships. Each year, we have apprenticeship opportunities at Pine Ridge Lakota reservation in South Dakota.

We will be offering a program for PDC graduates and are working with several projects in the Tampa Bay area and elsewhere that offer hands on opportunities for learning.