From whole farm planning to campus design to community gardens and street-scape improvements, we work to enhance places and the life nested in them with creative ecological thinking. We provide an array of services including consultations, full scale design, and community design/build workshops.

Farm and Ranch

With over fifteen years of market farming experience Real Earth Design understands the challenges of running a successful and sustainable agricultural enterprise. Our design approach is geared toward reducing land management labor while increasing productivity and ecosystem health.

Permaculture Birds Eye View

Featured Design:  EarthDance Organic Farm School – “Parking Grove” – Ferguson, Missouri

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.


Real Earth Design brings an ecosystem approach to campus design from extensive experience. With our engaging campus planning and curriculum design, past clients include University of Northern Colorado, Utah State University, Naropa University, Prescott College, and Goddard College.


Featured Design:  Utah State University – “B-Hydration” – Moab, Utah

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 helps homeowners see the beauty and bounty potential of their yards.  Using edible landscaping, rain gardens, and native plantings, past projects have won community awards, inspiring neighbors to follow suit in making ecological changes to their own landscapes.

Gutter channels rainwater into gardens.

Featured Design:  Award-Winning Residence – “Suburban Unrest” – Boulder, Colorado

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, like ecosystems, are a place for community interaction. Real Earth Design brings that perspective into the design and function of communities and gathering places with educational installations, placemaking art, green infrastructure, and organic forms that enhance connection.

An intersection in Old North St. Louis, Missouri.

Featured Design:  Old North St. Louis Neighborhood – “13th Street Community Garden” – Saint Louis, Missouri

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, this community creates fresh food access via a market garden, 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…design work is ongoing. Learn more about this project soon.





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