how to design & build your permaculture garden
what to grow & when to grow it
how to maximize your yields by focusing on your soil
We started on this path of permaculture gardening when our kids were diagnosed with severe food allergies and failure to thrive.
This was our Ethan at 6 months with eczema.
And this is him today.
To this day, they still suffer from allergies but to a lesser degree than before.
14 years ago, we did not know where to turn for allergy help. And we had a gnawing sensation that they may be caused by the conventional food system. So we decided to grow our own food.
Studies show that pesticides found in our food are linked not only allergies but to cancer!
More recent studies reveal that glyphosate (a common constituent of commercial pesticide) causes diseases across generations!
So we were going to garden!
We failed miserably our first year & had a few tomatoes to show for our efforts.
What where we doing wrong?
After much research, trial & error and a whole lot of frustration, we stumbled upon "permaculture," a holistic design system for sustainable living & regenerative agriculture.
Dave and I (Nicky) began putting into practice what we learned from the permaculture certificate courses we enrolled in and started with observation & design. In short, we planned before we planted.
Currently, we grow 300 lbs worth of produce/year from our tiny townhome's garden and over $3,000/year on the organic herbs, flowers, fruit & veggies that we no longer need to buy. (Not to mention the lotion, salves, teas, and remedies that we make from our garden that go towards keeping us healthy.)
These and our nutrient-dense backyard food most likely save us from getting sick and having to pay costly medical bills.
See photos of our backyard's evolution in the span of 5 years below.
We couldn't keep our passion for growing and teaching others to grow food a secret for very long.
We built a permaculture garden at our kids' school.
We installed our parents' gardens.
We sat in on community garden meetings aiming to demonstrate that growing food was one's right and need.
We learned from our mistakes
We took note, recorded what worked & what didn't & created The "Core Course"
At the heart of all our efforts, we want to help other families to provide themselves with their own:
- medicine &
- spiritual connection
through ecological gardening.
We are honored to get to do just that with families around the US. Here are some photos of gardens from our clients.
With the wildfires in Australia and California...
The devastating hurricanes & storms that leave ruined homes in their wake...
With global desertification at hand.
We feel strongly the call to help other families steward their own little patch of earth & transform it into the Garden of Eden.
This is why the Core Course exists.
It exists so that you can build your own permaculture garden without our rookie mistakes & with far less effort than it would normally take to do so.
Start with Sprouting - Core Course
Sprouts are the simplest, most fun way to start growing & eating your own food. Learn easy-peasy seed starting techniques while incorporating power-packed greens into your diet!
The Core Course Intro
This course makes sense only in the context of the Grow-It-Yourself (GIY) Program. It is the introduction of the GIY ecosystem and will help set our members up for success!
Design - Core Course
This is a 10-day course on garden design. It is simple, step-by-step and will take no more than 10 minutes-day of active garden work and about 10 minutes/day of video material.
Choosing Your Plants - Core Course
This 4-day module covers how to select which annual plants and perennial support species to grow in your raised bed garden.
Seed Starting - Core Course
A 4-day course on how to start your seeds successfully. The easiest module inside GIY!(1) 5.0 average rating
Transplanting Seedlings - Core Course
This module covers how to select which annual plants and perennial support species to grow in your raised bed garden.