“Permaculture is: the design of land use systems that are sustainable and environmentally sound; the design of culturally appropriate systems which lead to social stability; a design system characterized by an integrated application of ecological principles in land use; an international movement for land use planning and design; an ethical system stressing positivism and cooperation.” ~Michael Pilarski
Our land-based collective offers a chance for people to accomplish more together than they could alone. Together we have secured the land, removed it from the speculative market through the creation of our governing documents, developed infrastructure, food systems and shelter. Step by step, through sweat equity and shared financial contributions, we are building a micro-village that functions as a living laboratory for healthy living with a reduced carbon footprint coupled with enjoyment of natural abundance and connection.
We are doing this on a steep sloped site in a gorgeous, semi-remote area. Like ancient sustainable agriculture, we use terraces and on-grade swales and contours for our gardens and gathering areas. The development of our site is a slow-growth model that builds on our successes and stays within the carrying capacity of the land. You’re just not gonna find large-scale or overnight development here, and certainly no rural sprawl. We are keeping our footprint compact, growing mindfully, and keeping most of the land wild.
We are pioneering a place-based and human-scaled method of design and stewardship that responds to, and is harmonized with, this land and the people that spend time here. We draw from holistic practices – permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, ecological design – and combine these with learnings from our elders, from observation, and our own experience on the land.