A massive opportunity for the Permaculture Design Consultants is the implementation of sustainable business practices. These concepts are even reaching mainstream businesses and universities. One such example is Professor WILL HOOKER's exemplary work with NC State University.
As a permaculture designer, the skills you have will help landscape contractors and affiliates in that market. They can find new solutions to complex environmental problems rather than spray and pray.
Starting 04:14 into this lecture #24 in the HS 432-590 course presenting KURT BLAND of Bland Landscaping Co. Inc provides a practical example of these practices at work. View this lecture FOR FREE through HS 432-509 Lecture 24 via NC State's Distance Education program.
How Permaculture Consultants Can Enhance Existing Landscape Contracting
What this means for your knowledge is a business opportunity to drive forward sustainable practices for people already hiring landscapers, gardeners, and other solutions you can positively impact. For example, I used permaculture methods and hydrology to solve major erosion problems here at PROSPERITY HOMESTEAD.
Too often, landscapers apply cosmetic fixes or cookie-cutter designs. The competitive nature of their business rewards conformity because customers don't know any better. Yet a few landscapers install edible and native plants.
The permaculture consultant can add value to the landscape contractor to increase service opportunities while educating the public about ecological solutions.
Here's A Permaculture Solution to Erosion That Landscape Contractors Wouldn't Consider
For years landscapers would mow a steep slope, wearing away soil and never growing grass. The landscapers would seed, rake, and water the spot with no results.
The problem was a slope, not soil conditions. Every mow would compact soil. Watering wasn't soaking into the ground to allow deep roots for the grass.
I used deep-rooted cover crops, simple earthworks, and several hugelkultur, a blight of a problem that was an issue for eight years in one season. Allowing the cover crop to grow knee-high gave me maximum soil penetration.
Introducing a variety of grasses with a low pile of clover filled in the lawn with a dense green blanket. The steep slope grew green, held up to mowing, and had better density.
You wouldn't know most of my property was washing into the back creek if you were looking at things now. I invested in contractors, the opportunity is there, and you are the best place to deliver a solution.
There are times landscapers go by brute force rather than proper plant selection. They are even choosing plants for aesthetics over function. Permaculture design delivers a different approach outside the landscaping industry.
Be sure to invest the time in the permaculture course above.
Does Environmental Design Have A Place In Sustainable Business Practices?
Here's a big takeaway. KURT BLAND says, “A for-profit business that fails to make a profit is a drain on society.” Even with a negative stigma put on business, you can be the change that delivers value to the next generation more than anything else — and you can make a living doing it.
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WILL HOOKER, Emeriti Landscape Architect at NC State University. Former teaching responsibilities include functional landscapes and sustainable design. A Certified Permaculture Designer/Instructor since 1994, and Registered Landscape Architect (NC) since 1975. Learn more about WILL HOOKER at NC State Horticultural Sciences.
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