Residential Sustainable and Edible Landscapes
Most landscapes have a place for edible abundance. Edible landscapes help close the loop of our food systems and promote familiarity with our source of nourishment. Localizing food is at the heart of sustainability- reducing waste, oil and chemical dependence, saving precious resources- and not to mention fresher, healthier food and people! Edible landscapes foster environmental and stewardship. With giant affects on environmental and human health, locally-sourced food is now high-demand.
Intensive, annual vegetable growing requires some maintenance, while perennial fruits and nuts function as more usual landscape varieties, with average to minimal maintenance. Both provide nourishment and aesthetic enjoyment. Edibles can be worked beautifully into any design.
Each site, no matter scale or existing condition, has a unique potential. We employ understanding of ecology and a ‘deep ecology’ or holistic approach of geomancy in assessing a site’s potential. Taking inventory means identifying: soil quality, vegetation type, moisture, light, aspect, culture, use, history and geomantic factors- such as a site’s potential or energetic ‘blueprint’. We analyze inventory and clients’ requests to produce recommendations and inform design. We employ and encourage organic and biodynamic growing methods. These types of gardens support biodiversity- and biodiverse gardens support life, have fewer pest and disease problems and are healthier.
Traditional landscaping is far from being ‘green.’ Our intent is that instead of polluting the environment, landscaping can mitigate toxicity and support health. Landscapes can conserve water and energy, enhance biodiversity and ecological function, and even provide healthy food for people….. (read blog post on this subject)