From home, I work on permaculture designs for clients all over the world. Of course, permaculture has a strong emphasis on practicality, and there is no real substitute for actual observation and implementation on the ground. Some people are confused about exactly what a remote permaculture design can offer. But this way of working is becoming increasingly common in the industry – especially in these days of curtailed travel.
In today’s hyper-connected world, there is the potential to harness expertise from all over the globe, and remote design (with careful liaising with clients and those on site) is where I come in.
Over the past few years, I have learned a lot – not just through my own practical experiences in my own forest garden, and by visiting and learning from others, but also through theory and careful study.
With reference to topographical maps, client questionnaires, sector and soil information online, and many other resources, I can implement the right designs for very different sites – even when I have not visited an area myself. I have built up a body of knowledge – most particularly on temperate and dry-land ecosystem restoration, agroforestry/ forest gardens and annual polyculture growing… but also on a range of other permaculture elements and practices. The great thing is – when you work globally, there is always more to learn.
Remember, a permaculture design, no matter how comprehensive, is always just a starting point. The client will always continue to build, hone and refine the design on the ground. And where the client is not experienced, I can also offer consultancy at an hourly fee to help them as the project progresses.
No matter where you live, please do get in touch to discuss a design. I’d be very glad to make suggestions, and point you in the right direction.