Design

Our process

Our comprehensive site design process is for land owners and land managers at any scale. Our clients include farmers, homesteaders, private institutions, landowners, startups, government agencies and non-profits that work with the land to develop thorough mapping and a planning framework that guide decision making.


We utilize holistic management, keyline, and permaculture principles in our design process. By taking the whole picture- landscape, climate, business, relationships, individual capacity- we create plans to help rural land stewards restore the landscape.

design Considerations

Climate:

  • Light availability

  • Rainfall

  • Frost dates

  • Storm frequency

  • Air drainage

  • Altitude/latitude

Water:

  • Water quality

  • Drainage patterns

  • Water table

  • Available surface water

  • Flood frequency

  • Catchment systems

Forestry:

  • Identification of existing plants and their properties

  • Forest type and age structure

  • Density

  • Exotic invasive species present

  • Plants to be cultivated

Soils and Geology:

  • Soil type: sand/clay/loam

  • Soil chemistry

  • Drainage

  • Soil depth

  • Erosion


Energy Flow:

  • Wind direction and velocity

  • Solar access

  • Stream gradient

  • Energy sources

Mapping:

  • Contour

  • Aspect

  • Slope

  • Aerial imagery

Available resources:

  • Natural resources

  • Views

  • Money/markets

  • Community infrastructure

Management considerations

  • Holistic planning

  • Organizational structure

  • Historic land use

  • Decision monitoring