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:

Children’s Sensory Garden – Designed by Elise Duffy with Tom Czubernat, Alejandra Diaz, Christine Maloney & David Staudacher

Design Team of the Advanced Permaculture Design Course or 2017.  The class was divided into three groups with the charge of developing a design for all the northern, almost 3 acre section of the property owned by the Immanuel Lutheran Church and managed by the Old Schoolhouse Community Garden. The group remained in contact following the end of the course, developing an overall concept plan to meld of the best ideas from the three designs and the results of a survey submitted to the Garden Club and Church Voting Body memberships. This was presented to and approved by the Church Voting Body in July of 2018. This concept design became the basis of long term planning for the property development and was used in part when applying for support grants. The Children’s Garden was chosen as the first area to be implemented, as it would be a major focal point for the church congregation, school staff and students, and the general public. It is this segment of the overall design that was submitted in the PINA Design Contest.

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.

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.