Frequently Asked Questions:

What is permaculture? Permaculture is a landscape design that blends ornamental, edible and native plants together to create a self-sustaining ecosystem. Like ecosystems found in nature, all permaculture designs include plants that work together for mutual benefit using only the inputs the environment provides.

What is a food forest? A food forest is a permaculture design which models itself after a forest ecosystem. Edible trees, shrubs and herbs are planted together to create a canopy, understory, and ground cover. Some plants are included may not be edible but are a part of the design to nurture the recreated forest for self-sustainability. Some food forests are planted in an already existing forests or built on open land like ours at Southern Heights.

What is a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom? Certified Nature Explore Classrooms are dynamic, nature-based play and learning spaces. Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom Design Services apply research-based, field-tested design principles to create these nature-rich outdoor spaces that can be located anywhere a school, child care center, park, or other community site might have a traditional playground.

What is a community garden? A community garden is an area dedicated to producing food for a household who may not have the space to garden where they live. These plots are rented out each year by participating gardeners.

What is an urban agriculture plot? A space reserved for small scale production farming. The food grown here is sold at farmers markets or sold to restaurants.

What is a pollinator garden? A landscape design for the benefit of pollinator species. Much of the plant material is native flowers who’s nectar feeds insects. These gardens create habitat and food sources for beneficial insects that may be in decline due to agricultural expansion, urban sprawl, and pesticides.