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.
Children’s Sensory Garden – Designed by Elise Duffy with Tom Czubernat, Alejandra Diaz, Christine Maloney & David Staudacher
Suburban Chicago Church Garden and Learning Laboratory for low-income children from an adjacent elementary school providing education, food production, and multi-purpose programming in the context of native plantings. One-sixth acre urban plot on community land.
The overall concept includes expanding food production, site beautification, community outreach, areas for recreation and celebration and educational programs.
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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.
Island Eco-Hamlet – John Lago Gonzalez– Puerto Rico upland new settlement – 21 acre communal holding.