5 Examples of Permaculture from Around the US (and Costa Rica!)

Have you ever wondered how some folks turn their small patches of land into thriving, self-sustaining ecosystems? 

These tales of green-thumb success demonstrate how everyday people use simple yet ingenious techniques to create vibrant and eco-friendly spaces right in their backyards.

Thought about growing your own backyard permaculture? We hope to inspire you with these examples.

Today we thought we would give some examples from around the world, five clear examples of permaculture working well across the United States.

Hopefully these are are ideas that you can take forward and build your own permaculture in your backyard.

Permaculture in San Diego County

A while ago, Joey Delia had an excellent idea for a farm that shows a unique way of gardening called Permaculture. He posted it about in a blog that can be found here.

He something close enough to the city so people could easily visit and have lots of land. Thus he decided to build it near San Marcos in San Diego County.

So, he made Tipuana Farm near San Marcos, San Diego, California.

Tipuana Farm is a glowing example of permaculture in San Diego

There are gardens, fruit trees, and even chickens! They’ve made the farm-friendly in just a few years with compost toilets, rainwater tanks, and more. They even teach classes about it and give tours to lots of people.

Cool, right? According to his blog post he gives tours of this farm every third Sunday of the month. If you are in the North San Diego county area then you should pop in. I live quite some distance but would love to visit someday.

If you are interested in further examples then look to the below, for another San Diego based Permaculture Design. Remarkable work created all round.

More San Diego examples of Permaculture

Permaculture Examples in Seattle

Seattle has long been the home of the slightly more “hippie” folk. So I wasn’t surprised when doing some research for this article that there are quite a few great examples of community gardens, food forests, and permaculture gardens in and around Seattle.

The Beacon Food Forest project was setup by a group of excellent volunteers. It began as a “crazy dream” in 2009. Like many things in 2009, the hardship of the economy brought more people together.

Photography by Jonathan H Lee – Subtledream.com

Four friends from Beacon Hill who were studying food forestry came up with a permaculture sign that could transform a 7 acre plot of grass west of Jefferson Park into a diverse Ecosystem, that would provide fresh healthy, local food to neighbours.

I love this mission so much. The land was public and so they had to go and speak to to the Department of Public utilities (the land has been looked after for millenia by various tribes (Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot among others) and it made sense that this land would continue to provide BUT only if it could be done in a sustainable way.

Our second example is of an adorable rooftop garden in Seattle. Using permaculture techniques, the Seattle Urban Farm Co have done wonders for various local developments and restaurants.

In the above example, they have partnered with “Quality Athletics” a new sports bar, to build an outdoor space that is much more than a decorative garden.

Working with chefs to ensure the food forest can be highly productive and edible. Fitting with the needs of the customers from a food and scenic perspective all at the same time.

This is a wonderful idea, and I would love to see more companies building this kind of green infrastructure into their developments. It’s not always easy, or cheap, but a bit of forward planing can go along way. If you are in the Seattle area, do pop over there (with have no link to them). If you are considering building an edible food forest in the heart of Seattle they seem a great place to start.

Virginia’s Homestead Harmony

Virginia is a completely different climate to California. Nonetheless, it is great to see they have embraced the permaculture lifestyle. 

One such example is Radical Roots, founded in the 2000 by Dave and Lee O’Neill Radical Roots Farm is spread over 5 acres and aims to produce high quality certified organic goods. It is based in Keezletown, Virginia.

If you are looking for jobs, or internships, in permaculture, Radical Roots are also hiring right now!

Meet the Team at Radical Roots Farm (Virginia Food Forest)

It’s great to see that you can run a thriving business whilst giving back to the community. Serving your community does not need to be a solely voluntary endeavour. I hate that people’s good will constantly have to subsidize things that are massive net benefits to society.

Keep up the fantastic work! We will be following from the other side of the Atlantic.

Alaska’s Cold Climate Creativity

In the chilly landscapes of Alaska, authorities have cracked the code for permaculture success in extreme weather conditions. It’s not an easy place to grow food a lot of the time, given the harsh climate.

Permaculture Alaska

They employed innovative techniques like building underground greenhouses and using cold-hardy plant varieties to create a year-round growing environment. Across the state. The below video gives you an idea of how this is possible in Kodiak Alaska

Their dedication to permaculture showcases how adaptability and creativity can conquer even the harshest climates.

At the Grove Alaska they view the food forest as the “most highly evolved, resilient and sustainable, and important system for the prosperity of humanity”.

As a cold-climate permaculture farm in Talkeetna, Alaska, the resiliency provided by our food forest is especially important.

Costa Rica’s Agroforestry Wonderland

Venturing beyond the US borders, let’s land in Costa Rica, where land makers have embraced agroforestry to restore a piece of land to its natural splendor.

Things have really changed in this area in just a few years. It used to be all open fields for growing rice. At first, Retana planted trees to make some shade from the hot sun. But then he kept planting more and more trees, and before he knew it, there was a whole new world of plants and creatures above him.

This way of doing things is called agroforestry. It’s about mixing regular farming with growing trees together. This helps both the crops and the forest to grow side by side.

Permaculture in Costa Rica

The bunch of trees above isn’t only for giving the farmer shade. Those trees also make it easier for other plants to live on the farm. They bring back the rain and keep the soil moist, and animals that live there help to take care of pests.

By interplanting fruit trees, crops, and native vegetation, they’ve rejuvenated the soil and attracted a diverse range of wildlife. 

Their project highlights the global impact of permaculture practices in promoting biodiversity and sustainability.

Overall this is a very exciting time to be involved in the permaculture world. You learn to produce one for your own back garden, or you can join one in your local community all around the world.

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