Permaculture and Permaculture Earthworks

The techniques and strategies used to apply these principles vary widely depending on the location, climatic conditions and resources that are available. The methods may differ, but the foundations to this wholistic approach remain constant. By learning these principles you can acquire valuable thinking tools that help you become more resilient in an era of change.
Regenerative Design

Regenerative design is a process-oriented systems theory based approach to design. The term "regenerative" describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. The basis is derived from systems ecology with a closed loop input–output model or a model in which the output is greater than or equal to the input with all outputs viable and all inputs accounted for.


Regenerative design is the biomimicry of ecosystems that provide for all human systems to function as a closed viable ecological economics system for all industry. It parallels ecosystems in that organic (biotic) and synthetic (abiotic) material is not just metabolized but metamorphosed into new viable materials. Ecosystems and regeneratively designed systems are holistic frameworks that seek to create systems that are absolutely waste free. The model is meant to be applied to many different aspects of human habitation such as urban environments, buildings, economics, industry and social systems. Simply put, it is the design of ecosystems and human behavior, or culture that function as human habitats.


Whereas the highest aim of sustainable development is to satisfy fundamental human needs today without compromising the possibility of future generations to satisfy theirs, the end-goal of regenerative design is to redevelop systems with absolute effectiveness, that allows for the co-evolution of the human species along with other thriving species.



01. Consultations, on and off site.

02. Design of the landscape ranging from backyard gardens to large scale systems on many acres.  

03. Tree and plant variety selection.

04. Earthworks, surveying, permitting,

05. Maintenance


Projects In The Works

March - Spring 2016


5 acres of a 20 acre parcel in Willits, California will be converted to a food forest.  Project includes Surveying the site, Earthoworks, implementing several pond sites connected to swales, tree and plant species selection and placement ranging between overstory to ground cover, chickens,ducks, llamas, alpacas, goats...

The 12 Permacultuer Design Principles:

Permaculture principles provide a set of universally applicable guidelines that can be used in designing sustainable systems.

These principles are inherent in any permaculture design, in any climate, and at any scale. They have been derived from the thoughtful observation of nature, and from earlier work by ecologists, landscape designers and environmental science.

The principles have recently been reviewed by David Holmgren (one of the co-originators of permaculture) in his book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. We have decided to use this new set as a way of presenting more in-depth information and examples. We make links and connection to previous principles and show how they combine to create a powerful new way to think about our interaction with the world.


The principles encompass those stated in Introduction to Permaculture, by Bill Mollison & Reny Mia Slay:

  • Relative location.

  • Each element performs many functions.

  • Each important function is supported by many elements.

  • Efficient energy planning: zone, sector and slope.

  • Using biological resources.

  • Cycling of energy, nutrients, resources.

  • Small-scale intensive systems; including plant stacking and time stacking.

  • Accelerating succession and evolution.

  • Diversity; including guilds.

  • Edge effects.

  • Attitudinal principles: everything works both ways, and permaculture is information and imagination-intensive.


and those in Permaculture, a Designers' Manual, by Bill Mollison:   

  • Work with nature rather than against.

  • The problem is the solution.

  • Make the least change for the greatest possible effect.

  • The yield of a system is theoretically unlimited (or only limited by the imagination and information of the designer).

  • Everything gardens (or modifies its environment).


This last set of principles, are often referred to as the philosophy behind permaculture.

AquaBiotic Systems
Rainbow Trout System:
Santa Cruz, CA

This video takes us through the steps of what the components are and some of the purposes of thsoe components.