DirtRich Permaculture, LLC
DirtRich Permaculture Solutions
Aquaponic Growing - A hybrid form of gardening combining elements of Aquaculture (fish farming) and Hydroponics (feeding plants with water). The solid waste is filtered out and used for fruit trees and bushes. Using naturally occurring bacteria, the liquid waste from the fish is converted first to nitrides and then nitrates. The plants then use the nitrates for food and filter the water for the fish. While all this is happening, the water is also being oxygenated. Maintenance of these systems is minimal, they use 10% of the water needed for conventional gardening, and produce so rapidly and with such abundance, it is hard to believe. No weeding, no bending, no fertilizing. Used with other strategic elements an aquaponic system can easily become a production powerhouse. Almost any fish or vegetable can be used in these systems. They can be run off solar power as they have low power needs. Fish are cold blooded and cannot support e-coli.
Composting - Space should be no hindrance to composting. Composting is scalable from gallon bucket size to over ten cubic yards. In addition to recycling biomass and returning nutrients, it can be used as an alternative energy source. We can tailor a composting solution to fit your budget and needs.
Vermicomposting - Worms are an invaluable resource for gardening. The benefits of these dynamic composters is remarkable. They convert vegetable scraps into castings which are perfect for soil amendment and seed starting. They help clean grow beds in aquaponic systems and make more nutrients available to plants in soil gardens.
Sheet Mulch Gardens - Very quick, economical gardening solution. Sheet mulch gardens are easy to install, conserve water, and create soil rapidly. They are ideally suited to converting lawns, or portions of lawns into productive gardens.
Contour Gardening - Is gardening that uses existing height variations of your property to reduce labor and irrigation needs.
Food Forests - A full Eco-system that is structured by "Sister Planting" allowing it to be productive and self-sustainable. Through "Chop and Drop" technique, you can create an area that is self composting and self supporting.
We have experienced the loss of a heritage, family owned farm. It is painful see all of the hard work established by my grandparents in decline through exploitive practices. Change is inevitable, and in all honesty, I dropped the ball on saving it. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
The truth of the matter is that this is not the same world our parents and grandparents inhabited. Not all of the techniques that they employed are appropriate today, but, the respect for the land and connection to it are absolutely in line with our ethics. Newly established farms can be designed from the start to be productive and efficient. Heritage farms can incorporate design that respects the past by reenergizing, diversifying, and rearranging elements to provide you and your property with surplus abundance.
We look forward to implementing your customized design so that your farm can become or remain a family heritage site for future generations.
The Initial Consultation:
Congratulations, this is first step to sustainability and abundance. You may have concerns or apprehension of what to expect. First, allow me to list our ethics Earth Care, People Care, Return of Surplus to Both. Essentially, it means that we have respect for and acknowledge the inherent value of all living things. From the microbes and fungi that live in your soil to your plants and animals, to you your family and employees and finally to how they all fit into the world around us. We do not advocate nor support agribusiness, large pharma, or petrochemical companies. We believe that nature provides the answers to all the challenges that agriculture presents. Our job is to recognize those patterns and work with them to provide stability, sustainability and abundance.
We understand that everybody’s situation is unique and it is not our place to judge. Our job is provide ethical solutions to your specific needs.
The initial consultation is really just talking about expectations, what is already in place, and how your needs can be met. It is an opportunity to get know one another and decide if we can work together. Depending on how intensive or large your project is the time required will vary. Generally, a small space requires less maybe one to two hours. A larger more complex design might require half a day, and a farm might take all day. We are eager to answer your questions and explain how things go together to be mutually supporting. We will discuss your budgetary requirements, various restrictions that might exist, time requirements. We can design for implementation in phases to better suit your time and/or finances. Really, that’s about it, we get know each other, we observe your space, address concerns and then give you a few days to decide what you want to. Easy.
Consultation includes discussion of client needs, partial energy audit, partial sector analysis, property sketch to outline suggestions, these services are charged at $50 per hour.
Porches to Large Parcels:
0 to 500’² 1-2 hours. 1 hour minimum.
Yard 500’²-1500’². 2-4 hours. 2 hours minimum.
1500’²-5000’² 4-8 hours. 4 hour minimum.
5000’²-10000’² 6-8 hours. 6 hour minimum.
10000’²-20000’² (½ acre) 8 hour minimum.
½ acre and above call for pricing.
Our design service includes an in depth consultation with the customer to asses requirements, restrictions, thorough explanation of techniques employed, detailed energy audit, full sector analysis, site survey, soil analysis, line drawing of existing property, line drawing of proposed property, a detailed report detailing energy inputs, energy losses, climatic, geographic and orographic considerations, and proposals to meet the clients needs.
Initial consultation costs will be free of charge when bundled with a design, which is a flat $100 per hour.