We design and install low maintenance gardens, orchards and whole farm systems. We help homeowners, homesteaders, gardeners and farmers get the most value out of their land and labor. We'll show you how to produce more with less work while at the same time increase the value and resiliency of your property and livelihood.
Regenerative Agriculture is a design process that studies the patterns of nature and integrates those patterns into agriculture systems. Modeling agriculture systems after ecosystems creates productivity and profit without the negative consequences typically associated with conventional agriculture such as topsoil loss, nutrient loss, pest, disease and drought stress. It also creates a more aesthetically pleasing and educational environment that revitalizes the ecology of wherever it is implemented.
Regenerative Agriculture practices utilize scientific design frameworks such as Permaculture Design, Holistic Land Management, and Agroforestry. These innovative design frameworks are essential for the development of sustainable and profitable agriculture systems and resource management practices.
What are your goals? What is your story? How can nature’s patterns be utilized to make your life easier, increase your profit and make your land and home more resilient to economic and environmental problems? Contact us today and let’s find out.
The creation of a plan for the construction of an interactive living system that considers aesthetic, functional, economic and sociopolitical dimensions of both the design object and design process.
Some of the techniques we utilize include:
•Rainwater flow analysis and catchment
•Polycultures, cover crops & forest gardens
•Biological pest & disease control
•Regenerative soil management
•Rotational animal systems
We survey the land to find the water flow patterns then design a system that catches and infiltrates the water into your soil, reducing the eroding effects of runoff and providing long term drought-resistance. Catching, storing, and slowing the speed of water on your property is one of the most important actions toward a resilient and productive system. We install rooftop rainwater harvest systems that divert rainwater to containers or outdoor harvest systems.
A “Polyculture” is the cultivation of several species in the same area. In contrast, a “monoculture” is the cultivation of only one crop in a system. Polyculture systems experience less pest, disease, and drought problems because they more accurately reflect natural ecosystems that manage themselves. They also produce crops on up to 7 different layers, from underground to 50’ in the air, maximizing sunlight and space. Replace your lawn with a polyculture, save money and eat fresh food .
We design and install a garden/ orchard combination called a Forest Garden. This garden mimics a natural ecosystem and produces a variety of food for less work than traditional gardens. It is a comfortable and productive place to teach kids and adults about nature, science, gardening, and farming. It adds depth and interest to any landscape and can go from subtle edible landscaping to replacing your yard with total food and medicine production.
Instead of treating the symptoms of unhealthy ecosystems, we use ecological design to promote biological diversity above and below the soil, which increases an agricultural systems ability to heal itself without the use of pesticides and herbicides.
The most important thing a gardener or farmer can grow is soil. Regenerative Soil Management uses biological means to increase the population and diversity of the soil biology that will result in increased fertility, higher organic matter content, and water holding capacity. We produce our own compost that is loaded with the microorganisms needed to make any ecosystem thrive. We create soil that produces bumper crops and increases in fertility every year, without the labor and cost of fertilizers.
We provide pruning, structuring, grafting and maintenance of trees and woodlands. Structuring a fruit or nut tree for maximum production and minimum labor is the foundation of a productive perennial system. We plant and structure trees to thrive and produce for decades and centuries.
We also identify and treat the source of disease or poor production for orchards and woodlands. Using ecological design science, we can revive and renew old tree systems as well as recommend the most environmentally friendly management practices for existing woodland systems.
We are excited to offer the “Justin Rhodes Chicksaw” for mobile poultry systems starting at $789. This coop holds up to 40 birds and is easily moved by one person. This coop is fully protected from predators and has a 1/2” mesh bottom so there is no manure buildup. Instead the manure concentrates on the ground below adding fertility to the land. It is often used along with portable electric fencing for a rotational poultry system.
Mobile poultry systems provide benefits beyond eggs and meat. We use this system to weed, mulch and fertilize orchard rows as well as prepare new garden space. Contact us for more information on how this mobile coop can increase the efficiency of your poultry system. Check out www.AbundantPermaculture.com for more of Justin Rhodes innovative ideas on homesteading.
We assess and advise on the economic and ecological viability of your home, site or farm system. Inputs, outputs, economic and environmental well-being are comparatively assessed and plans are developed to install regenerating systems or enhance existing systems. Consultation sessions consist of site assessments, goal setting and resource sharing. They usually run 1-2 hours and cost $75 to $125 depending on the size and scope of the project. Online consultations can also be arranged.
Detailed property mapping and zoning
Compost and topsoil production using on-site inputs
Mob grazing/ Rotational grazing with solar charged electric fencing
Rainwater runoff harvesting and grey water distribution
Food forest biomimicry and polycultures
Land purchase site assessment and basic design layout map
Low-maintenance garden, forest garden or edible landscape installation
Redesign/regeneration of established garden, orchard, pasture, woodland or animal system to rejuvenate health, productivity, and landscape ascetic
Rainwater runoff earthworks that prevent flooding, erosion, and are typically used in no-irrigation tree and plant production systems
Windbreak/Shelterbelt planting that can be used for livestock forage, wildlife forage and habitat, noise and visibility screen, rootstock propagation and nursery rows
Community garden design, education and management
Thermal/ Microbial Compost Production and Innoculation
Sheet Mulching/ No Till Gardens
Forest Garden/ Polyculture basics
Native Plant Identification and Functions
Mushroom Identification and Cultivation
Fruit Tree Grafting and Plant Propagation