Permaculture Design: Integrating People, Nature and Buildings


Integrated Permaculture Design


Permaculture is a design approach to creating integrated landscapes of people and nature — that benefits both.

At Coolearth we envision modern homes, cottages, workplaces, schools, and campuses integrated within lush, beautiful, delicious perennial food forests and ecosystems.

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation; of looking at systems in all their functions; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

By careful observation and the use of strategies that have been developed and shared from across North America and the world it is possible to create integrated landscapes.



Permaculture design works with energy (sun, wind, water, snow) that come onto the site to improve life and health. It is based on observation, discussion, mapping, design thinking, knowledge, and management.



We bring a vision of high quality design, construction, durability, and experience in architecture and buildings that mean we are well placed to delivery value to clients.



Even on existing buildings, sites, and campuses we can give them a “perm”, i.e a permaculture retrofit and create a masterplan and phasing strategy for creating regenerative, edible, and heathy eco-systems.


Our services include the following:



Benefits of our permaculture design includes:


Design and Beauty

Lush, picturesque, landscapes which are also edible, delicious, and nutritious.
As designers, we bring a track record of creating and delivering elegant and functional designs, at many scales.


Low-maintenance & Durable

Landscapes with positive yield (food and mulch as opposed to gas fumes) and low maintenace sites, that are durable and last as long as possible


Resilience & Food Security

Ensure essentials needs are met (wood fireplace for heating, rainwater and grey-water collection, tuber and forage crops).


Bio-diversity and Health

Attract and provide homes for beneficial insects like bees, and sensitive creatures like salamanders


Yield & Food

Healthy, organic food grown at your doorstep.
Fueled by the sun, wind, rain, the systems should meet not only on-site needs by also the needs of people and communities.


Micro-climates & Comfort

Leveraging energy flows (wind, sun, rain, snow) on your site we can create increase health

Planting trees and perennial crops, as well as the use of mulch and compost helps embody carbon in the soil for generations.




Permaculture Resources

The examples of permaculture systems implemented to date show the great possibilities.  See below for a few exciting examples:

Martin Crawford – Food Forest, England, Video

Geoff Lawton – Pioneer, Zaytuna Farms, Australia, food forest, educator

Rob Heart, Shropshire, 1960-70’s

Verge Permaculture – urban permaculture in Edmonton

Corsica Chestnut Groves – pigs, cows, goats and chestnut tree sivipasture

Myvatin Lakes, Iceland

Ancient Woodland – Forest of England, lumber system with oaks, hazels, etc

Ben Falk – Whole Systems Design

Bullock Brothers Farmstead


Books:

Bill Mollison, co-founder of Permaculture.Introduction to Permaculture and Permaculture Designers Manual”

Toby Hemenway, “Permaculture in the City”, “Gaia’s Garden”

Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel, “Farming the Woods”

Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates, “Paradise Lot”

MasonobuFukoku – The One Straw Revolution


Videos:

Inhabit

John Liu – Green Gold

Geoff Lawton

Bill Mollison, “In Danger of Falling Fruit”

Robert and Robyn Guyton’s Food Forest

“From landscape architecture to conservation agriculture” by Thomas Woltz


Podcasts:

Scott Mann, Permaculture Podcast

Diego Footer, Creative Destruction

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