Transitioning long fallowed fields to woodland pasture, perennial crops, and orchards requires a multi-layered agro-ecosystem design. After extensive site assessment accounting for climate, soil ecology, geology and existing ecological systems, we start by building low impact access to the functional spaces on the site and then develop water catchment systems for drought proofing.
Client objectives and
goals are integrated into a new agro-ecology with over yielding and
multi-seasonal harvests, This is required to support the stewards of
the land and the ecosystem that supports them. Plant selection is
based on using species most suited to the climate and soils. Many of the
plants are chosen because they build soil structure, provide beneficial
habitat, and fertility supporting the anchor plants which are harvested
for human consumption. Nutrients and organic matter is cycled back into
the soil to maintain and build soil life. The landscape is now diverse
and rich with habitat. It is an integrated forest garden, complete
with small livestock to collect and spread nutrients across the
landscape. A legacy landscape.