What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

3 Nitrogen Fixing Plants for the Forest Garden

Nitrogen fixing shrubs are valuable in agroforestry systems. They can be integrated into perennial agriculture systems to restore and maintain nutrient cycling and fertility self-reliance. The following 3 nitrogen fixing plants have additional uses and benefits as well. This is a quick snap shot of nitrogen fixing plants. Please share your experiences with these or […]

Permaculture Resource List

Compiled by Elizabeth Lynch, Troy Hottle, and Juliette Jones Pc Communities, on-line or other Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Local Food Cleveland: Three Rivers Permaculture Guild Pittsburgh-local Resources Pittsburgh Permaculture: Transition Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Steel City Soils: Octupus Organics: Urban Homesteaders: […]

Permaculture Design autumn equinox discount

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Designing, News | No Comments

Permaculture Design Sale! Now through October 1st… Have your landscape designed at a discounted rate. We design landscapes of all sizes and conditions and would love to work with you to bring your dream to reality. Permaculture design utilizes ecological principles to create landscapes based on your wants and needs and in accordance with nature. […]

Borland Green Video by Transition Pgh

Here is a little video about the Borland Green project which we are working on in partnership with GTECH Strategies. The project is being funded by a Spring Grant from The Sprout Fund. Click here for more information about the project. – – –

Come Join Us at the Food Forest this Saturday!

We will be working at the food forest on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10am-12pm. The food forest is located at 4700 Irvine St in Hazelwood. It was 4 adjacent vacant lots owned by the URA and now hosts a diversity of edible and otherwise functional tree, bush and groundcover species. […]

An Herbalists’ Permaculture Landscape

One of the best ways to assess a site is to observe it for at least one year. This plan for my backyard has been in the works for almost two years now.  I have made certain changes due to the encompassing urban landscape and the sometimes undesirable situations that it brings. Rats- there apparently […]

Sun Path

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Climate, Designing, How to | No Comments

As we all know light exposure is a very important part of garden design. Evaluating the light exposure in the context of the sun’s movement through the sky both daily and season-to-season will help us understand the influences of the sun. With this greater understanding our designs can harness the warming light when we need […]