Designing a Sustainable Future Together

Permaculture Design Services

I offer 4 levels of permaculture design services. 

The first is a phone consultation for up to 1 hour.  I will review your property ahead of time through aerial maps, soil maps and topography prior to our scheduled phone call.  Then I will help brainstorm ways to reach your personal goals using permaculture techniques.  The cost for a phone only consult is $50.

The second level is a site visit.  I will do the same review of your property as for the phone consultation prior to the site visit.  I will spend up to 2 hours walking your property with you, making sketches, suggesting resources and talking through possible designs.  Any sketches or notes are yours to keep to use in finalizing your own site plan.  The cost for a site visit is $50/hr (up to 2 hours) plus mileage to and from your site.  If you would like to schedule a longer site visit, please contact me for pricing.

The third level is a full permaculture design.  I will complete a detailed design plan for your site and deliver to you a detailed implementation plan, site layout, materials list and cost estimate along with a variety of suggested sources for all the materials contained in the design.  Due to the wide range of complexity, the cost for a full design will be quoted on a case specific basis.

The last,  most comprehensive, level of design services I offer is to take a fully detailed design and then oversee the implementation of it.  This includes contacting and managing earthworks, planting, sourcing materials, etc.  It is a turn key solution to implementing your permaculture system.  Similar to the design services, pricing for this service is dependent on the scope of the project.

Please see the pictures and information below for some of my projects!

Lehrman Urban Homestead

My first design experiment was my city lot in Lawrence KS.  It was a quarter of an acre on the corner of a residential street and a cul-de-sac with existing trees and grass.  Over the course of several years, we transformed the space into a food producing paradise with fruit trees, berries, grapes and a huge vegetable garden.  We successfully raised over 1200 lbs of food every year to feed ourselves.  In the process, I got to test out many permaculture concepts and plants to see how they really worked.  

Windstone Farm

Our family bought 40 acres in rural Jefferson County in 2012.  We began construction of our slip form stone and timber frame home in 2013 and that process continues (who knows if we'll ever really be done).  Along the way we have also mapped out our overall design plan for the property, begun rotationally grazing goats and established a new vegetable garden.  

Dubois Food Forest

Original design sketch

Doug Dubois contacted me for help designing a small food forest on his homestead.  He wanted something that would produce food and be low maintenance and that he could expand over time.  Together, we designed a small swale system to maximize his water catchment, a fruit and nut tree layout and a full food forest understory for one section of the planting.  


Ronald McDonald House Garden

The Hall Foundation sponsored a community garden on the lawn of the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City.  I led a group of volunteers to transform the space into a food producing tranquil space for the residents of the RMH.  The garden was maintained by volunteers from Hallmark Corporate offices across the street and all of the food was provided for the families staying at the RMH.  In its first year, over 400 lbs of food were delivered to the RMH kitchen!  For me, this design was incredibly gratifying.  We integrated perennials with the annual vegetable garden with dwarf fruit trees, grapes, edible herbs and berries.  

Amy's Meats at the Homestead

I consulted with the Saunders family to help find a solution for the water that kept washing out their vegetable garden.  A few suggestions and a lot of ingenuity from them, and now they have a productive vegetable garden using a swale system on contour to handle the water flowing down their hillside.   

Bousman Homestead

 PDC class work day


This project happened very organically.  Amy contacted me for a short on-site consultation before beginning earthworks on her new homestead.  As we walked and I learned about her goals for the property, I suggested several design ideas that she loved.  Her site was very sloped and wooded, but she wanted to grow a significant amount of annual vegetables.  She also wanted a secluded house site and a plant nursery.  I proposed terracing the open area on the homesite to provide a good space for annual vegetables.  I also suggested incorporating swales into the driveway to move more water toward the vegetable growing area.  After the initial consult, she asked me to help oversee the earthworks to make those ideas became a reality.  The results have been exciting so far and I can't wait to see how she puts her new vegetable growing area to use!