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:

Gabriola 3 Pond System

Rooted in Nature’s design enhances a system of ponds within an existing newly established permaculture market garden and orchard, adding a set of solar/wind powered oxygenating pumps to a 3 pond system receiving greywater and roof runoff from a house to be built in 2019.  Ponds serve as back-up fire control water for Island public authorities on this 5 acrew rural home site on Gabriola Island.

Stephen Levesque, Rooted in Nature

Rooted in Nature is a small permaculture design and consultation business located on Gabriola Island, a small gulf island located with the Salish Sea in British Columbia which has been rejunevating landscapes from Vancouver Island to the Kitkatla Nation for the last 10 years.

Stephen Levesque is a Father, Permaculture Farmer, and Horticultural Therapist living on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada. Stephen has applied a Permaculture framework to his work and relationships for over a decade. From Universities and elementary schools to Farms and  First Nation Reserves his passion for ecological design has created a lifestyle he and his family loves deeply.
As owner/operator of Hidden Pond Permaculture Farm and Rooted In Nature: Ecological Design Solution he can spread his Permaculture phiolsopy to his community designing  Neighbourhood Supported Agriculture which serves his direct community within a few square kilometres of the farm.
To make further inquiries please rootedinnature03@gmail.com


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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 Enhancement – BC market garden & orchard grey & roof water with solar/wind oxygenation pumping.

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