Ag use plan for Earthaven Ecovillage.(NC)
dam with new waterfall. (PA)
here to view pix of our 10,000 gallon ferrocement
rainwater tank project,
Building contour infiltration channels
Landscape rapidly losing value &
in need of serious repair.
here to see us teaching and designing.
a system of design, Permaculture provides a new vocabulary
and pattern language for observation and action, attention
and listening, that empowers people to co-design homes,
neighborhoods, and communities full of truly abundant
food, energy, habitat, water, income, and yields enough
to share." Keith Johnson
Bane, Keith Johnson & Associates
& Keith are experienced permaculture site designers
and teachers. They have been providing consulting
advice and design for 26 years. They have developed
an intimate knowledge of various regional landscapes
and resources. With their wealth of experience in
temperate climate permaculture systems they can offer
a range of consulting services to regional and distant
have served clients in North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama,
Minnesota, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, California, Florida,
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri,
Kentucky, Ontario, South America, and elsewhere.
Peter Bane is a native Illinoisan
who grew up in the university city of Champaign-Urbana.
A frequent speaker and conference presenter, he is
the author of The Permaculture
Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country,
and has published Permaculture Activist magazine since
1990. Familiar with tropical and temperate systems
in North America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, Peter
has taught more than 1500 students in 80+ courses
spread widely across the US, Canada, and as far afield
as Chile, Argentina and Trinidad-Tobago, for more
than 20 years. He holds the Diploma of Permaculture
Design for teaching, media, and community service
from both the Permaculture Institute - USA (2014)
and the British Academy Worknet (2005).
Keith was raised in Michigan's
Upper Peninsula (where he learned at an early age
he was related to Johnny Appleseed), and has been
a commercial landscaper, stonemason,
and organic gardener since 1976 in places as varied
as subtropical Bay Area of California, the White Mountains
of New Hampshire, Michigan, & the mountains of
W. North Carolina. After devouring Permaculture One
in 1978 he continued to learn all he could on the
subject. He's been teaching Permaculture since '95,
has instructed more than 1200 students, many of those
through Indiana University's annual Design Course
which began in 2003. He's taught or trained with Bill
Mollison, Larry Santoyo, Tom Ward, Penny Livingston,
Peter Bane, Chuck Marsh, Starhawk, and Jerome Osentowski.
Now resident in Bloomington, IN,
Keith participates in a number of local activism projects
including the editorial guild of the Permaculture
Activist, the founding of Transition Bloomington (Indiana's
first Transition Town Initiative), past boardmember
of the Local Growers Guild, contributor to Bloomington's
Peak Oil Task Force, member of the Bloomington Permaculture
Guild, member of the Bloomington Food Policy Council
and the Trillium Horticultural Park Project. Renaissance
Polyculture is the suburban forest garden he co-manages
on the 2/3 acre site where he homesteads with Peter
Bane and a regular flow of interns. A frequent
public speaker and radio interviewee, he works constantly
to share a vision of cultural and ecological regeneration
and continues to provide ecological design and consultation
services via Patterns for Abundance. Keith blogs at:
& Regenerative Design News
can be found (when not in the garden) on Facebook,
Twitter, Stumbleupon and other networking sites. He
also is webmaster for the Permaculture Activist and
The Patterns for
Abundance team brings a broad range of experience
to guide you through the process of creating abundant,
whole system yields for your family or community.
By applying fundamental ecological principles and
careful attention we work to reveal,
reevaluate, map, list, measure and magnify the abundance
already present or potential in your landscape or
bioregion. We can also identify
the "leaks" (of energy, money$, water, species, or
nutrients) in your eco- / social- / economic systems
and suggest essential "repairs" necessary to
plug them and convert them to yields.
A new post-industrial, post-imperial
world is forming under our feet - a holistic reality
to serve as a seed pattern for future generations.
This new culture represents the "graduation"
of the species to maturity and biological legitimacy;
exemplified by relocalized miniature rural and urban
communities that meet most human needs within their
regions. These models of bioregional self-sufficiency
arise from a tide of cultural creation that has been
in motion for fifty years and centuries in some cases.
Its basic pieces have already been road-tested over
several millennia. Permaculture as a design science
is one of several models which addresses the increasing
destabilization of civilization.
The challenges are enormous, including
global warming / cooling, peak oil and energy decline,
deforestation, pollution, desertification, vanishing
topsoil , dying oceans, species extinction, and diminishing
water supplies. The basic behavior mode of the world
system is exponential growth of population and capital
followed by collapse.
If all the humans on the earth
now were able to see the whole picture at the same
time and take action, the situation could be handled
over the whole earth even now. But, until this occurs,
we will be moving foward and we can be the people
who have the ability to demonstrate to others how
to survive and thrive.
Our job as designers, is
to help you do that.
viewing for ALL Americans
is coming soon has arrived.)
Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
53 minutes, DVD, 2006, $20
need to bring agriculture into Havana began with the
fall of the Soviet Union and the loss of more than
50 percent of Cuba's oil imports, much of its food
and 85 percent of its trade economy. Transportation
halted, people went hungry and the average Cuban lost
Cubans started to grow local organic produce out of
necessity, developed bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers
as petrochemical substitutes, and incorporated more
fruits and vegetables into their diets. Since they
couldn't fuel their aging cars, they walked, biked,
rode buses, and carpooled.
The goals of this film are to give hope to the developed
world as it wakes up to the consequences of being
hooked on oil, and to lift American's prejudice of
Cuba by showing the Cuban people as they are. The
filmmakers do this by having the people tell their
story on film. It's a story of their dedication to
independence and triumph over adversity, and a story
of cooperation and hope.
avert impending disaster we must act.
Inaction is no longer an option - in fact, it's immoral."
- Al Gore (who, nevertheless, still has a partial
picture of the situation)
of contour infiltration channels in arid Napa County,
Ca. This barren, depleted goat farm, with 19 inches
of rain annually, exploded with diverse plant life
Terraced polyculture makes efficient
use of steep slopes
on-site appraisal by us can confirm or identify
values & opportunities or warn about problems
in advance when purchasing a property. We can
usually save you thousands in the first hour of
cultivating orchards at 4000 ft. in Austria
site planning advice
half or full day on your property can give you
a better understanding of the nature, limitations
and strengths of your land as well as a plan
for basic land use (where to site the house,
dams, roads, gardens and orchards). A couple
with pen and paper and maybe an audio recorder
(or camcorder / smart phone) can get very good
value for their consultancy investment.
On walkabout with client in NC
consult and design for projects of all scales
including the following:
Co-Housing Projects / Ecovillages
Projects and Schools
& Storage Ponds of all sizes
Fountains and Water Elements
Stone Masonry and Hardscapes
Erosion Control / Gulley Restoration &
Rainwater Harvesting and Storage (see
our ferrocement tank pictures here)
Replicated Wetlands / Grey Water Systems and
Creek or Watershed Restoration
Strawbale; Clay / Straw;
Cob Ovens and Garden Walls
Gardens / Food and Resource Production
Orchard Design, Management, and Restoration
Integrated Animal Management
Animal Tractoring and Rotational Pasturing
Integrated Pest Management
Road and Path Design
also provide the following specialist services:
Presentations for conferences, workshops and
Technical writing and editing on green design,
planning, environment, urban ecology and sustainable
Critical review of urban design projects for
compliance with ecological and sustainability
Design support for sustainability outcomes,
including roof garden design
Consultancy support for ecological community
development projects and programs
management, and windbreak plan, Crestone, Co.
garden in Pa.
garden, Milan, Italy
Orchard planting on terraces in Pa.
Clay-straw infill for a home at Earthaven
Chisel plow for keyline plowing, carbon
sequestration, and soil restoration.
whole farm / site planning
fully documented whole farm or site plan provides
you with a well thought out road map for long-term
development of larger rural properties and farms
where the investment of significant capital in
revegetation, erosion control, soil improvement,
dams, buildings, horticulture, etc. make thorough
planning an essential function.
Acre farm near Pittsburgh Pa. with 6 large ponds,
Food Bank and CSA production, livestock, wetlands
and forest management, ecotourism.
services are available for those planning ecovillage
development. Our experience in designing and developing
in North Carolina, (and other properties around
the country) enables us to provide general strategy
plus planning and design for those committed to
sustainable rural or uban resettlement. (BTW,
we all live in ecovillages. Most simply haven't
realized it... yet.)
soils, minerals, and oil are steadily diminishing
in supply as we enter the age of Peak Everything.
This massive cultural transition will require a
rapid education in basic self-reliance for all people,
rural and urban. Climate change and rising prices
for everything WILL have a direct effect on the
quality of everyone's life. We can help design a
plan of action and implementation to secure your
family's, neighborhood's and community's future.
aerate & purify water
Seminars, Public Speaking
and Keith have decades of teaching experience
and have been leading Permaculture design courses
since 92 and 96, respectively. Both have addressed
large and small groups, interviewers, speaking
on various topics related to ecological issues
and the application of Permaculture Design.
They have taught in numerous venues throughout
the US, Canada, and in South America. Contact
us for more info.
Peter speaking at the 9th Continental Bioregional
Congress, Earthaven Ecovillage NC, 2005
by Keith at Earthaven
here to view images of Keith's dry-laid stonework.
and Design Fees
field consultation rate is $100
/ hr. / consultant plus travel expenses.
Our minimum charge for a
field consultation would be one full day plus
expenses (negotiable if you are nearby). Depending
on the extent of the detail in a design we could
limit our work to the single-day, walk-and-talk
encounter, and / or develop written and graphic
materials to document a plan for development of
the property. Our studio
rates are $100 / hr. for maps, drawings, reports,
phone consultation (812-335-0383) , and related
office work. Phone consultation can be a very
cost-effective means to meet your needs for immediate
guidance and planning. We're happy to provide
an estimate for the cost of a prepared report,
based on your needs.
also do long-distance design that does not require
us to travel to your site provided you can supply
us with good maps, photos, and data.
can normally save you the cost of consultation
by helping you find ways to reduce your overall
investment while still accomplishing your goals.
of Our Design Projects...
Acre farm near Pittsburgh Pa. with 6 large ponds,
Food Bank and CSA production, livestock, wetlands
and forest management, ecotourism.
development plan, forest, pond, and runoff management
for 450 Acre site in Shipman, Va.
65 Acre plan for development of complex multifamily
farming enterprise with extensive runoff management,
contour infiltration, aquaculture ponds, food crops
for Washington D.C. restaurants, food processing
center, rotational grazing, bamboo production, and
wind power in White Post, Va.
14 Acre family farm in rural housing development
with ponds, nut and fruit crops, silva-pasture grazing
in Purcellville, Va.
2300 Acre organic soybean and cotton farm, flood
management plan, wetland restoration, wildlife refuge,
and village development in Tiptonville, Tn.
Acre holistic horse boarding, teaching, and rehabilitation
facility in Lexington, KY. Pasture improvement,
water runoff management, natural building design.
300+Acre Ecovillage development at Grailville, Loveland,
1/2 Acre site development plan with terraced gardens,
greywater treatment system, water management system,
for passive solar home, Asheville, NC
Acre site designing for flood abatement and sediment
deposition plus edible landscape in Minnesota.
Acre "green" subdivision with 65 homes,
apartments, community center, shops, fish and swimming
ponds, community gardens, community supported agriculture,
edible landscapes, in Tennessee.
Acre forest garden on suburban lot in Iowa.
Acre rolling polyculture farm in Ontario.
Acre vineyard, pastures, and market garden in WV.
Acre SE Indiana suburban lot with gardens and food
A 9 acre minifarm near Bloomington IN.
19 acre terraced, polyculture homestead in Lynchburg,
urban / suburban lots in San Fracisco Bay area,
Boston, SE and Midwest.
120 acre campus of the Dominican Sisters, Adrian,
Farm and Permaculture Ctr.
observation, analysis, design, imprementation,
management,exploration on our 2/3
Acre home and residence / polyculture micro-farm
site in Bloomington / Monroe County, Indiana.
site performs many-edged functions dealing with
multiple energy flow cycles, inputs and yields.
Here's a few:
wet clay is being converted into very productive
carbon- and mineral-rich garden soils.
from 2000 square feet of roof, 2000 sq ft of
driveway, and 1000 sq ft of greenhouse is being
caught, stored and used onsite in ponds, 14,000
gallons of rain in tank storage, rain gardens,
stored in garden soils and plants.
multiple-yield garden growing more than 200
species of healthy crops with multiple extended
yields of vegetables, small fruits, hazelnuts,
flowers, and herbs.
wildlife haven for frogs, toads, turtles, salamanders,
birds, birds, birds, butterflies and moths,
high populations of predator insect species,
many more. Please call for references.
Sketch for re-envisioned 25A soybean field
neighborhood in ex-cottonfield
get a Site Evaluation Questionnaire
(html format) which
you can print out and mail to:
5421 E. King's Rd,
Bloomington, IN 47408 USA
a MS Word version click here.
a PDF version click here.