Design is a form of story-making. A conflict exists between two or more forces- in my case, it’s usually between clients and the land. There are goals that the person has- some of them are abstract needs, some are vary particular, but all derived from the deep needs of the person and their inherent nature. All needs ultimately work to help us achieve bliss and these needs lead to all sorts of wants, desires, and behaviors. In the way of our fantasies that we think will make us happy are the realities of the world, the land. When a person’s actions enhance ecosystem processes, the world benefits. When the land is patterned to facilitate the physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem, and self-actualization of people, then there is no need- the whole world is our home.
Sometimes it is a story between two people or groups of people, and the land. Each group has an idea of how to meet their needs and the others’ needs seem in the way. Design takes us back to the thoughtful finding of common ground.
If rainy,Â my upcoming Sunday class on Permaculture Soils and Compost TeaÂ will be held in my Studio (follow the signs) which is set up as a classroom. so you should still come.
What: Permaculture Soils and Compost Tea Workshop!
When: Sunday, July 1st, 2:00-4:30 pm
Where: 4302 Meridian ave N, Seattle, WA, in the side yard
$20-30 sliding scale
Many of the world’s problems can be solved with the ground under your feet. The soil beneath us teems with an extraordinary biodiversity or fungi, bacteria, and other organisms that work together to improve life on this planet.
Join me for a few hours of exploring the soil in our yards. We’ll talk about how soil works and how to best think about improving it in small lots. We’ll learn about soil microbes and how to work with them to make deep, carbon-rich soils that feed us, store water, and repair our world.
We will cover the basics of actively aerated compost tea: what it is, how to make it, and the best ways to apply it.
For more information write: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Fink is a Permaculture Designer born and raised in Portland, OR. He was one of the early founders and co-directors of The City Repair Project and with 16 years of experience in Permaculture, ethnobotany, and a masters in sustainable landscape planning, he has recently relocated to Wallingford, Seattle where he is building his design business.
This amazing class on designing hedgerows is coming up in Portland.
A hedgerow is a beautiful, functional and biologically diverse feature in many rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. These multi-tiered collections of trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, flowers and herbs create bountiful borders for fields, waterways, and city lots. During this three day workshop you will learn to design and establish different types of hedgerows for:
- soil stabilization
- insectaries and nectaries
- biodiverse habitat for wildlife
- abundant and delicious food for people
- privacy screens
- beauty and fragrance
- noise reduction
- income potential
- … and more!
We will explore concepts of soil preparation, plant selection, planting techniques, irrigation, and ways to reduce maintenance, with ample time for understanding budgets, phase planning, and time-lines. Each day includes classroom theory, design, and easy-to-replicate hands-on hedgerow projects.
Course fee includes farm lunch, snacks, materials for hands-on projects, and a student handbook with resources and explanations. Optional evening lectures and slide shows on Friday and Saturday nights are also included.
We have a limited number of partial scholarships, barter, and worktrade opportunities available. Please contact us for details, and include work-trade skills and barter items!
To sign up for the course follow this link:
Instructors: Jude Hobbs & Jenny Pell
Dates: Friday, May 18th to Sunday, May 20st
Available spots: 17
Location: Portland, Oregon
For questions and more information contact Jenny Pell at email@example.com or (206) 949-0496
So, Jenny Pell of Permaculture Now! and I have finished a design project with a student group at The Evergreen State College. The group, Developing Ecologically Aware Practices, or D.E.A.P. hired us to develop a plan for Demeter’s Garden, an 8-year Permaculture site in need of new ideas and energy.
Here’s what we came up with:
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My name is Jordan Fink.
I have over 11 years of experience working in Ecological Design, Permaculture Education, and Community Facilitation.
I am prepared to offer my services in Permaculture Planning and Regenerative Design and will be starting with a special deal for the first 5 people that hire me for a consultation.
For urban lots in the Portland and Seattle areas I am offering a package deal:
- 3 hour on-site visit: site analysis, interview, and working through some ideas
- research and concept development
- a report with recommendations
This package will be of use to anyone interested in thinking through ideas for their home and yard and thinking how to go about implementing Permaculture on their site. Normally I’d charge $400 for this but for the first people who contact me I’d be offering this package for $300.
Most of my experience is with much more detailed design work, and if you want further design assistance, we can work out an arrangement that works for you.
In all of my work, I seek to heal the division between landscape and culture. It is important to me that projects build community, improve ecological literacy, create landscapes for people, restore ecosystem processes, and repair the effects of climate change.
I am so excited to find ways to be useful to our community! If you or anyone you know need support in making good decisions for your home and yard, please contact me.
M.A. in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design