Eric Stewart walks the talk

December 3, 2012 by Koreen  
Filed under Grads in Action

eric stewart

Eric is one of the more dedicated and enthusiastic designers we have met. He didn’t wait to finish the course, but got one project started during the PDC itself, creating a food garden at a Habitat for Humanity site in Pasco County. He has shown many other people the advantages of permaculture through personal contact and an active permaculture web site, Codegreencommunity.org, that provides support and information to permaculturists in the greater Tampa Bay area. And most recently, he has become co-founder and one of the driving forces of a local food co-op in Pasco – Suncoast Food Co-op. https://www.facebook.com/groups/264378686981983/?ref=ts&fref=ts

He has transformed his yard into a food forest jungle complete with a pond ecosystem and much more – showing his neighborhood how to make food, not lawns. And he is selling the food he grows to the cooperative. How much carbon is he reducing by growing and selling food locally, eliminating thousands of miles of travel and the energy and pollution associated with pesticide and herbicide use, and by setting the example, influencing others to do the same?

Living Bridges – permaculture design inspiration

October 1, 2012 by Koreen  
Filed under Grow Permaculture, Projects

Living bridge in Meghalaya, India

Living bridge in Meghalaya, India

This is a wonderful example of the type of design solution we are interested in accomplishing with permaculture. Working with nature, rather than against her, the people of Meghalaya in India have created a beautiful design for a bridge that will survive heavy flooding. This is an exquisitely  aesthetic and informative 5 minute video that you won’t regret viewing, or forget!  How could we incorporate the lessons of this amazing design solution?

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Apprenticeship opportunities in Tampa Bay

August 22, 2012 by Koreen  
Filed under Grow Permaculture, Projects

We are offering apprenticeship or “shadowing” opportunities to course students in several exciting projects we have ongoing. We are working on all of these from the Tampa Bay area, Florida. There is a lot happening, a lot that needs to be done and if we work together, the sky is the limit!

- Plan and implement a permaculture design for a city park.

- Plan and stage multiple food forests designs for Pine Ridge reservation.

- Work with Greenwood neighborhood on planning a permaculture community garden, and get it created.

- Help with fall planting and ongoing care for an expanding permaculture edible perennials nursery.

- Work on creating and expanding financial permaculture models, including innovative urban farming cooperative ventures, link-up, beneficial connection and integration of permaculture energies around the Bay for mutual benefit, start up businesses that get support from the existing community, time banking, etc.

- Work on community projects, including art gardens, neighborhood place-making, etc.

Our new name – Grow Permaculture!

June 22, 2012 by Koreen  
Filed under Grow Permaculture, Projects

We are changing our name to more closely reflect our mission.  We are focused on spreading the knowledge and practice of permaculture everywhere, to create more abundance, resilience, quality of life, and healing of both people and the earth.

Our projects include using permaculture to improve conditions in high poverty urban and rural areas with degraded lands, and working with schools, governments and organizations to educate people on the regenerative possibilities of conscious design.  We create demonstration sites so people can see, feel, taste and smell what that is like.

These are non-profit activities that are supported by our for-profit education and design business.  We offer high-quality education and aesthetic edible landscaping and other permaculture services via this service.

We feel that a Permaculture Guild has a very specific function of coordinating permaculture activities in an area and providing support and resources for professional permaculture designers and those who want to become professionals.  While we do provide support to the permaculture community in a number of ways through volunteering and other resources, we feel a better way to describe the relationship is as a sponsor of Guild activities.  It is not our main function to coordinate or facilitate all of the permaculture activities in our area, as a guild would do.

We love the abundance and regeneration inherent in the word “Grow” and we feel there is nothing more appropriate or needed than nurturing and growing the concept and practice of conscious design – far and wide!

Design services

September 20, 2011 by Koreen  
Filed under Design

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As sustainable living consultants and designers we can help you save money while increasing your quality of life. We specialize in helping you create edible landscaping, organic gardens, passive heating and cooling retrofits in your home, and rainwater catchment. We guarantee that we will save you more than our consulting fee, if you follow our recommendations.


We offer a full range of services, from advice, to design, to installation. Many of our clients benefit from a one hour to full day consultation that helps them focus on how they should set up an edible garden. “What soil should I use? What plants should I plant and when? What plants will work together? How should I water and feed them?”


We go beyond organic gardening by working with nature, not against her. Our plant recommendations include many highly nutritious and unique plant species that are easy to grow in Florida, need little care, are drought tolerant, and provide abundant food in a short period of time.  Though many gardeners struggle to grow food in our hot, humid summers, summertime can be the most productive time of year for us, with delicious greens and vegetables growing through the season with almost no care or upkeep. We will bring unique solutions to your gardening challenges that will make your garden easier to care for, more productive and more attractive.


After a one hour consultation with Koreen, I put in a fantastic vegetable garden using waist high containers over the summer and am hooked on growing my own veggies now. Also I am using the Bokashi method of composting and LOVE it!  I then got a grant from our local water and power company to convert my lawn in front to native garden and I’m doing that now!  I’m having SOOO much fun with this new game.  So, I owe Koreen a big thanks for turning me onto a whole new world.  My plant kingdom is truly flourishing! Barb Dakin

We were impressed with the amount of useful information Koreen was able to impart to us in one day of design consulting. We had some ideas and plans for our 5 acre homestead but also a lot of questions. She was able to answer all of them and shared a lot more with us that we did not know was possible or would not have thought of. We love the integrated cob bench design, the detailed plant information, the energy savings ideas, and the water systems suggestions. We are excited about moving forward and can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. Scott and Leslie Brown

Click here for questions or to inquire about a consultation.

Edible landscape or garden design


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

  • Organic – we use integrated pest management and other techniques to eliminate toxic chemicals

  • Natural – we design gardens to work with nature, rather than against her, thereby reducing work while healing the environment

  • Easy to care for –  less work than conventional gardens

  • Abundant – we use stacking methods and other space saving methods to increase yields in small spaces

  • Beautiful and interesting – flowers, colors and textures

  • Healthy - providing nutritious food year around

  • Economical – skip the fertilizer, and reduce your grocery bill with fresh, healthy food you grow yourself

  • Environmentally sound – we use water saving planting methods and other environmentally friendly techniques

We can also help you determine what to plant, when and how if you prefer to create your garden by yourself but need some help getting started.  We use our focused interview process to provide you with quality information that is specific to your needs in a short period of time. Interested in selling your food? We can help with that too.


Ponds


Enjoy the aesthetics of a backyard pond that is a naturally balanced system. When you have all the elements of nature present, very little care is needed. Let us help you ensure those elements are there.


Small farms


We focus on increasing your yields in unexpected ways; we look for the edge, find ways to stack functions on your farm, we save energy and input costs, and tie it all together. We recommend gradient changes that are financially sound, make sense, and will create resiliency. We guarantee that our recommendations, if implemented, will save you more than our consultant fee.


Shelter and energy


We offer solutions for more sustainable living in your home, such as energy reduction analysis, consultations on planned renovations, and partnerships with green architects and builders to maximum energy savings, aesthetics and integration of the built environment with the food systems and water catchment.


Consultations


1 hour gardening consult – $65. Travel is additional if site is more than 10 miles. Client receives a short questionnaire to determine interests and priorities. We will walk your site with you and give you specific plant, design and structural recommendations. This is great for people who want to design their yard themselves but would like to get some feedback.


3 hour consultation – $175 – Client will receive a questionnaire which is filled out ahead of time. This allows us to spend maximum time assessing the site and providing more in-depth feedback during our visit. We will discuss what your options are with you, and prepare a short written report that will summarize the key points. This is recommended for people who want a good overview of what their options are, but are not yet prepared to do a full design implementation on their site, or who already have much of the design work done but would like to go in-depth on plant selection or other details.


Full day consultation – $400 – Client fills out a questionnaire ahead of time, and we will walk the site with the client and go over detailed options, point by point. A full day allows us to delve into the design process, the integration and placement of elements on the site, and specific details such as plant selection and installation sequences and techniques that save time and money. You will receive a several page report summarizing key factors, including further recommendations, after the visit.

Full permaculture design – $400/day – designs usually take 3 days minimum; complex designs can take many days; discounts are provided on more complex designs.

A full permaculture design includes:

1. A site drawing that includes placement of permaculture elements including water catchment, plants, hardscape, etc. This drawing can be used to guide installation.

2. A permaculture analysis regarding the opportunities and limitations or challenges of the site and available resources.

3. A written description of the proposed design that addresses food production, landscaping, soil building, ecological repair, water conservation/catchment, affordable energy efficient retrofits, greywater and blackwater systems, on site energy production, education, culture, health, finance, community building, in an integrated, holistic manner.

4. A written program of implementation, staged to meet your needs (finance, timing, etc).

5. Recommendations for maintenance

Our services routinely prevent costly errors and provide clients with options they were unaware of that allow them to achieve something closer to their ideal, reduce costs and time, and provide more abundance.

Click here to introduce yourself and let us know how we can help.