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Professional HOME_FARM_PROJECT_DIGITAL Consultancy Services
We integrate various holistic design disciplines and can work closely with you to reach a clear set of holistic goals along with a management framework for carrying your vision long into the future. Our triple bottom line places quality of life and ecological regeneration on equal footing with your need to be financially sound. We offer real value and a transparent approach to our work, tailored to what we see is of greatest benefit to you and your unique enterprise and circumstance, collaborating with our network of global designers, educators and pioneers where necessary. We’ve designed properties in more than a dozen countries in every major climate zone of the world since 2008. Typically people will want a more efficient layout that enhances site deficiencies & improves general productivity. We have worked on urban projects through to educational centers and larger scale farming enterprises in different corners of the world. We offer flexible services unique to every individual circumstance depending on what we see is of most benefit to you.
How does your HOME design process work?
We offer 4 levels of HOME consultancy so you can choose what best meets your needs;
1. Walk and Talk
Together we Walk and Talk, a verbal consultation where verbal recommendations are given and no written reports are issued. A minimum of 2 hours, this is a good way to bounce ideas and open up possibilities of integrating holistic systems and decision making into your site.
2. Basic Consult
Please fill out our online Design Enquiry form as a starting point. We can visit you at your site and go through our personally tailored Design Process to discuss your time, energy and financial budgets. We clarify what you would like out of the site and what elements you would like included in the design, for example;
3. Basic Consult Plus
We can complete the Basic Plus with a lot more detail. Instead of a five-page report we deliver a 10-15 page report with as much detail as we can. For unusually large or complex sites we might request an hour or more extra on site.
4. Extensive Design Consultancy
In our full consultancy we prepare a detailed 30+ page manual and design maps typically including;
· Detailed site analysis
· Detailed design diagrams
· Site specific system recommendations
· Plant lists
· Time phased implementation guides
· Other relevant information
Essentially the design report is a manual tailored specifically to optimizing your property through applying Permaculture design. We are able to stay in touch and respond to questions that arise over time as you implement your project.
How does your FARM design process work?
Please fill out our online Design Enquiry form as a starting point. We then have a look at your place on Google Earth and develop an Aerial Topographic Base Map for use in design and consulting sessions. We then like to schedule a short online chat session to connect and orientate before organizing a time to come out and take a look at your place.
Upon visiting your site we follow our detailed design process at the consultancy in an informal interview over a few hours to gather a thorough and methodical overview of the project and what you want to achieve. We then walk over the property and check out the characteristics of the site plus identify problems and opportunities. Then with you we come back to the maps and check off the major development opportunities & priorities as we go over initial concept ideas and hear any feedback from you. We then draft a digital Concept Plan and a Design Report.
How long does it take to get a FARM design completed?
We try and have a 14 day turnaround on our farm design work following our initial visitation and this including Concept Plans and Reports. This also depends on our surrounding schedule, so please discuss at initial consultation.
How does your PROJECT design process work?
Design work for projects follows a similar process to our FARM design process. We also offer and prioritize tailored educational events to help your project succeed. Hosting one of our world class trainings can be a great way to receive a more informal consultancy and mentorship on an ongoing basis. Plus there is the added benefits of bringing momentum and recognition to your enterprise with the opportunity of generating income. We tailor specific trainings to meet your needs and have a reputation for a "no nonsense" getting things done approach. For comprehensive hosting info and account terms see here.
We run regular trainings in;
Online DIGITAL Design Consult & Support
We can offer online design & consultancy services by way of AnyMeeting™ online meeting technologies. Access to resources and tools via the internet is changing the way we can operate and will only continue to open up incredible possibilities. Send us mapping, images and data and we can work together online to help get you moving closer to your goals. We offer our experience and knowledge from 30 min phone- ins to more detailed design and project mentoring. This is especially useful to support projects and enterprises we work with on a longer term basis with tailored educational events, for details see below.
We can also be dialed into your trainings and events worldwide. We have a solid reputation for offering world class fully accredited trainings that consistently sell out, and this can be a functional way to support your existing program structure. Using our conference structure we can add a dynamic edge to your training with a minimum 2hr participation.
Elements of our design approach
Whole System Master Planning
We work closely with our clients to envision the quality of life they desire and work backwards from there to identify what needs to be produced or created for that vision to be sustained long into the future.
Integralpermanence focuses primarily on building healthy topsoil through primarily biological methods, although earthworking is sometimes necessary for drought proofing farms in these uncertain climatic variances. Healthy land management leads to large increases in soil Carbon, sequestering large amounts of atmospheric carbon whilst improving soil water holding capacity and diversifying the soil food web. Whether you run herds on pasture, alley crop orchard fruits with annual cultivations or wish to establish native woodland good land management requires the optimum placement of different elements in their rightful place in terms of the land components of any site. We connect elements in any design to perform multiple functions and connect functionally to ensure water, nutrient and energy flows are cycled within the farm and the only thing exported from the site in sunlight. We work with diverse and integrative strategies on new and existing enterprises Bio Construction, Agroforestry, Aquaculture, Orchards and Vineyards, Forest Gardens, Bio Intensive Horticulture, Appropriate Energy, Integrated Animal Systems, Soil Foodweb Technologies and Nutrient and water cycling. Our goals include sequestering carbon, and building resilience through the synthesis of Keyline design as an organizing strategy fro Permaculture and Holistic Management design frameworks to ensure a triple bottom line of Ecological regeneration, Economic profitability and wellbeing of decision makers.
Keyline Design/ Subsoiling/ Tree Establishment
Biological Waste Management
Water is already a huge expenses to many farming enterprises, with water privatisation spreading at an alarming rate. Carefully designing water systems is fundamental to an efficient overall system. Nutrient filled solid waste can be carefully directed and utilised in various biological systems, providing full nutrient cycling and higher self reliance. Both solid and liquid wastes can be managed responsibly, and biological treatment solutions exist for a majority of waste streams. In the case of solid waste , recycling through soil creation can often be applied. Liquid sewage streams and grey water can be treated through a number of different systems, in each case resulting in additional water for agriculture. We implement WET systems and floating regenerators to use soil life and sunlight to clean water with high BOD values and cycle nutrients back into the farm system with additional water retained within the system.
Surveying and Mapping
The design process begins with a comprehensive survey of the land. Topographical accuracy is very important to our design process as we strive to drought proof farms and extend energy flows onsite. The survey data is then imported into GIS mapping software and used as the basemap for our designs.
Key to a good overall site design is the consideration of site topography and rightful consideration of water flows through the landscape. Intelligently placed earthworks and water harvesting/ conserving strategies are crucial for efficient water management; saving outlays, maintenance and operating costs. Understanding of the properties and behaviour of water are fundamental to a new farm/ project development, and vital for community resilience. Utilising tested design strategies, water management is as crucial and as important in temperate as in more arid climates, offering opportunities such as new edges for production, energy creation and storage, pest control, micro- habitat control and irrigation as well as potentially taking the site out of drought risk.
Soil Food Web Technologies
Soil is perhaps the fastest depleted resource on earth today, and regenerating soil from an understanding of the complex interactions of the microbiology is fundamental to our ecological bottom line, whether you are growing annual vegetables, reforesting or grazing. We teach farmers to make BioFertilisers on site with easily collected resources as an immediate release from conventional fertiliser applications. We also carry a soil microscopy unit and mounted camera for soil analysis and development work. We also work with Effective Microorganisms, Actively Aerated Compost Teas (AACT), LimeSulphur sprays and subsoil ripping to take out compaction and perform high quality ground preparation.
Market & Product Development
Direct marketing to consumers has always been the most viable way for farmers, communities and small land-holders to make a living off the land. Just recently with the emergence of the slow food movement, organic food and local community awareness, this is being revived. Integralpermanence can assist with poly- marketing to help your project succeed economically whilst meeting your needs ecologically.
Having established a thriving egenerative enterprise Integralpermanence works with young and new entrepreneurial farmers and land managers to holistically plan, design and manage success from the outset. Support is available for designing and implementing incremental systems to minimise start up risks and ensure biological development as the foundation for economical success. Farm succession is a very important concept to plan in at an early stage, a long term goal that marries the triple bottom line of our approach. We work to ensure the development of the diverse skill flexes required the future stability and success of land and ecosystem stewards.
Holistic Project Management
Working with decision makers within your farm or project Integralpermanence can help you manage towards an integrated goal developed by all. Using financial management tools we design an outcome with the triple bottom line of quality of life, environmental sustainability, and profit.
Workshops and Courses
Intergalpermanence empowers local farmers, entrepreneurs and community developers through high quality educational trainings. From internationally accredited Permaculture Design Courses to 3, 5 and 7 day Regenerative Agriculture and other specialized workshops, hosting a course at your farm or project can be a great way to generate interest and design work with benefit for all.