2018/2019 NatureWise Permaculture Design Contest is Completed!

Design Contest Winner!

Integrated Water-Harvesting Earthworks  – Designed by Tao Orion – Willamette Valley Hillside Educational Center and Working Forest (Aprovecho), 40 acre communal forest with 5 acres open land.

Featured Entry:

Liz Braithwaite

Design by Liz Braithwaite, a garden designer, with Joe Braithwaite DPT, current rehabilitation Director at Pioneer Care Center.  After completing a degree in horticulture, Liz Braithwaite began designing residential landscapes integrating permaculture design and principles into her work.  She is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Utah State University.

Permaculture Physical Therapy Garden

The Permaculture Physical Therapy Garden at Pioneer Care Center is designed to promote rehabilitation at the facility. The garden converts an underused lawn to an interactive space, enhancing patient well-being and recovery by providing an edible and fragrant habitat for pollinators and people, one that captures rainwater and lowers landscape toxicity.



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About the Contest

Based on the voting of its enrolled members, PINA is pleased to award $5,000 to Tao Orion for implementation of the Integrated Water Harvesting Earthworks design shown above at Aprovecho Institute in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Her entry competed against 41 others from 19 US states, 3 Canadian provinces, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Baja California del Norte, a remarkable profusion of talent. The criteria for judgment included concept, graphics, design details – including budget and timeline, vision, and social and ecological benefits. Over the next five months, this page will feature more than 20 additional projects of merit from the 2018 contest, one each week starting April 15th. These will accrue in a gallery available for review throughout the remainder of 2019. At the conclusion of the series in September, we will announce the terms of the 2019 Design Contest, also carrying a cash prize. The 2019 contest will be open to PINA members. Designs offered this year may be resubmitted, though the contest parameters are likely to shift.

Many of the projects entered in this contest were worthy of support, and PINA would like to help more of them get built, planted, and occupied. You can help us do this by contributing to the Fund for Regeneration. Climate chaos, community dysfunction, and land degradation are real and urgent problems; Permaculture designers have solutions.

2018 Design Contest Winner: Integrated Water-Harvesting EarthworksTao Orion – Willamette Valley Hillside Educational Center and Working Forest (Aprovecho), 40 acre communal forest with 5 acres open land.
Biotecture Dome and Greenhouse – Christina Goodvin – Alberta Front Range, 3-5 acre ex-urban homestead.

CoWorking Structure  –  Sergio Medal – Baja California (near US border), 1-3 acre communal site.

Island Eco-Hamlet  –  John Lago Gonzalez– Puerto Rico upland new settlement –  21 acre communal holding.

Appropriate Technology Cultural Incubator – Jared & Lala Williams – Hudson Valley Urban Homestead,  0.8 acre riparian site.

Children’s Senory Garden – Elise Duffy & team – Suburban Chicago Church Garden & Learning Laboratory for low-income children, 1/6 acre urban plot.

Food Bank Food Forest – Jesse Watson – diversified agroforestry plantings in Maine supplying harvests to food-insecure populations.

Middle School Outdoor Classroom – Terry O’Day – assist in building design developed by PDC students at Pacific University.  

Pudget Sound Public ParkAndrew Tuttle – stream bank restoration, wildlife habitat & farm incubator community hub  on 8 acres.

Traditional Knowledge Transmission – Jennifer Nobel, Martin Millen & Dave Lundburg –  culturally appropriate setting for storytelling on the transcontinental boreal forest. 

Benjamin Weiss – Urban Edge Farm – Pennsyvlania ripairan agroforest, apothecary yard and refuge on 2 acre site.

Stephen Levesque – 3 Pond System  – BC market garden & orchard grey & roof water with solar/wind oxygenation pumping.

Salina Duncan – Garden of Hope – Guatemalan urban teaching garden serving  600 children adding shelters, therapy garden, composting toilet and more.

Priscilla Brewer – Forest Stories Maritime Northwest Coastal homestead and teaching Garden infrastructure improvements.


Jennifer Sharrock – Windborn Farm Alaska Teaching Facility for food production, water collection, season extension & more on site for public use.


Aaron Morrison & Luke Towns – Biointegrated Medical Cannabis Greenhouse – low energy aquaponic system in  Washington.

Liz Braithewaite – Physical Therapy Garden at Pioneer Center enhances patient well-being.

Aaron Morrison & Luke Towns – Biointegrated Medical Cannabis Greenhouse – low energy aquaponic system in  Washington.