- Farm and Ranch
Real Earth Design works on projects throughout North America in a variety of contexts. From street-scape improvements to community gardens to whole farm planning, we work to enhance spaces with creative ecological and cultural thinking. We provide an array of services including consultations, whole site design, and community design/implementation workshops.
Farm and Ranch
Real Earth Design brings years of farming experience to the table along with an understanding of the challenges of running a successful farm or ranch. Our design approach is geared toward reducing land management labor while increasing productivity and ecosystem health.
The site of a growing peri-urban agriculture organization, this project required greater accommodation for social capacity. Through this design, new parking areas were stacked with a water management plan to maximize the potential of the farm watershed. Roads, fields, and farm buildings that were once subject to erratic water flow and flooding are now part of an immense rain garden that includes 100 parking spaces, a u-pick field and farm stand, and edible forest gardens. Learn more about this project.
As permaculture sweeps into schools across the US, a demand for campus planning and academic structuring is coming with it. Real Earth Design brings a valuable educational ecosystem perspective from experience, offering facility planning and curriculum design. Past clients have included University of Northern Colorado, Utah State University, Naropa University, Prescott College, and Goddard College.
As featured in Toby Hemenway’s The Permaculture City, Utah State University’s Moab campus was a sea of asphalt in the desert. Scant rainfall hit unreceptive surfaces. The more plentiful sun shone on the same surfaces to raise the air temperature. Pollinators were few and far between. Shade and soil, difficult to find. Real Earth Design transformed that urban desert landscape into a productive, micro-riparian area for the benefit of the whole community. Learn more about this project.
Real Earth Design works on residential scales where the project has potential for great impact. Past projects have won community awards, and often inspire neighbors to follow suit in making ecological changes to their own landscapes, homes, and lives.
Suburban Unrest is an award-winning postage stamp sized homestead that exemplifies ecological design within the confines of a homeowners association and ubiquitous suburbia. Sense of place is a primary motivating factor to demonstrate home scale food and medicine gardening from existing rainfall in a dryland climate via innovative rainwater harvesting techniques. Learn more about this project.
Neighborhoods used to create a sense of belonging, a place for community relations and interaction. Real Earth Design brings that deep-rooted perspective into the design and function of communities and gathering places by encouraging educational installations, placemaking art, green infrastructure, and organic forms that enhance interaction.
Featured Design: “13th Street Community Garden”, Old North St. Louis – Saint Louis, MO
The 13th Street Community Garden has grown for many years by the dedication of members of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. A food oasis in a food desert, as a community we create fresh food access via a weekly affordable farmers’ market and rental gardens in a low income, diverse neighborhood. We brought our years of experience in landscape design and intensive vegetable production to this community institution in 2016. A long-term relationship has begun…design work is ongoing. Learn more about this project soon.
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