Permaculture-based site planning

The 32-acre site we’re planning has fields, woods, and wetlands and sits atop a watershed. It includes ample space for members to have both private and shared gardens and to raise animals.

We’ll place our buildings on a small portion of the land, applying sound principles of permaculture design, to protect and preserve the site’s unique natural resources.

Our intention is to live sustainably, with a minimum of energy use—to consume less and share more. We fully support Connecticut’s smart growth plans and the Bethany Plan for Conservation and Development, both of which encourage the kind of sensitive development we plan to build.

We are working with Ethan Roland, of Appleseed Permaculture to develop a comprehensive land use plan for the site based on our goals and on the nature of the place.

We intend for our landscape to provide a bounty of herbs, vegetables, flowers, tree fruits, berries, and nuts. Chickens, ducks and larger animals will be integrated into our farm system to provide eggs, manure, weed control and soil working. We will strive to produce as much of the needed compost, organic fertilizers, and soil conditioners as possible on the farm.

Cultivated and indigenous plants will provide firewood, posts, construction materials, and craft materials.

Our land will include habitat for wildlife, areas for solitude and play, and nature-based recreation such as hiking and cross-country skiing.

A key consideration in the permaculture plan is water management. Ethan will work directly with our architect, civil engineering consultants, and landscape architects to create a plan that permanently protects the watershed and is consistent with low-impact development principles.