In your opinion, which urban landscapes and farms, homesteads, and farm-scale sites from your region best exemplify permaculture ethics, principles, and design strategies?
I am working on a research project focused on studying permaculture site development. I would like to interview people and document projects throughout North America that have designed and built successful farms, homesteads, and urban landscapes.
Please include a brief explanation about why this project should be considered for this project.
Region: Pacific Northwest (near Seattle)
Bullocks Brothers Homestead, Orcas Island This is a well-developed project built over about 30 years. The property is essentially a small eco-village with productive orchards, gardens, natural building examples, and impressive energy/ water systems. They are very focused on education with a well-established internship program, and annual PDC's. There is also a very impressive plant collection and retail nursery on site.
Inspiration Farm, Bellingham Another site with a couple of decades of development, Inspiration is a great farm to see successful water harvesting earthworks including ponds and swales. There is a diversity of established crops with integrated livestock systems.
Beacon Hill Food Forest, Seattle This urban food forest project is 8 years in the making. It is a fantastic representation of what can be achieved on public land using permaculture ethics and principles. This is a great site to learn about successful polycultures and developing resilient community gathering spaces.
I can't give you three, but I can give you one great one. Mark Shepard's New Forest Farm is here in Wisconsin. Here is a blurb about it from the web:
"Mark is the founder and President of the Restoration Agriculture Development, and CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises. He teaches Agroforestry and Permaculture worldwide and has also written the book, Restoration Agriculture. He runs New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural savannah, considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.
Mark and his wife Jen founded New Forest Farm in 1994. It’s now one of the most developed and productive perennial farms in North America – trees, shrubs, vines, canes, perennial plants and fungi are planted in association to produce food (for humans and animals), fuel, medicines, and beauty.
The farm is a planned conversion from a typical row-crops grain farm into a commercial-scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem using oak savannah, successional brushland of eastern woodlands as the ecological models. The farm is entirely solar- and wind-powered, and farm equipment is driven by locally produced biofuels."