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Ag use plan for Earthaven Ecovillage.(NC)

Restored dam with new waterfall. (PA)

Click here to view pix of our 10,000 gallon ferrocement rainwater tank project,
Bloomington, IN.

Building contour infiltration channels (CA)

Landscape rapidly losing value & in need of serious repair.

Click here to see us teaching and designing.

"As 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

Cob architecture

Miles 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 after treatment.

Peter Bane, Keith Johnson & Associates

Peter & 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 clients.

They 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 published Permaculture Activist magazine from 1990-2015. Familiar with tropical and temperate systems in North America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, Peter has taught more than 1500 students in 100 courses spread widely across the US, Canada, and as far afield as Chile, Argentina and Trinidad-Tobago, for more than 25 years. He holds the Diploma of Permaculture Design, variously, in teaching, media, trusteeship, site design, and community service from the Permaculture Institute - USA (2014), the British Academy Worknet (2005) and the Permaculture Institute of North America (2016).

     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 1300 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. Besides his diploma from the Permaculture Institute (2013, in Education, Design, Site Development, Community Service, and Media) he also has two diplomas, (2016) one for Teaching and one for Design, from the Permaculture Institute of North America.

      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 also is webmaster for Permaculture Design Magazine (previously Permaculture Activist) and The Permaculture Handbook.

      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.

"To 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)

Terraced polyculture makes efficient use of steep slopes

Pre-purchase site assessment

An 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 consultation.

Pigs cultivating orchards at 4000 ft. in Austria

On site planning advice

A 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

Consultation and Design

We consult and design for projects of all scales including the following:

Residential Landscapes
Edible Landscapes

Commercial Developments
Farm Design
Nursery Design
Co-Housing Projects / Ecovillages

Public Projects and Schools
Decorative & Storage Ponds of all sizes
Waterfalls, Fountains and Water Elements
Stone Masonry and Hardscapes

Drainage Management
Erosion Control / Gulley Restoration & Mgmt.
Rainwater Harvesting and Storage (see our ferrocement tank pictures here)
Replicated Wetlands / Grey Water Systems and
Creek or Watershed Restoration
Alternative Construction:
     Strawbale; Clay / Straw; Cob (Earth)
Cob Ovens and Garden Walls
Gardens / Food and Resource Production
Orchard Design, Management, and Restoration
Soil Regeneration
Integrated Animal Management
Animal Tractoring and Rotational Pasturing
Integrated Pest Management
Forest Management
Forest Gardening

Fire Prevention
Road and Path Design

We also provide the following specialist services:

  • Presentations for conferences, workshops and public events
  • Technical writing and editing on green design, planning, environment, urban ecology and sustainable development
  • Media commentary
  • Critical review of urban design projects for compliance with  ecological and sustainability goals
  • Design support for sustainability outcomes, including roof  garden design
  • Consultancy support for ecological community development projects and programs

and More......

ReAforestation, erosion management, and windbreak plan, Crestone, Co.

Market garden in Pa.

CSA garden, Milan, Italy

Orchard planting on terraces in Pa.

Guard donkeys

Clay-straw infill for a home at Earthaven Ecovillage

Chisel plow for keyline plowing, carbon sequestration, and soil restoration.

Documented whole farm / site planning

A 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.

155 Acre farm near Pittsburgh Pa. with 6 large ponds, Food Bank and CSA production, livestock, wetlands and forest management, ecotourism.

Ecovillage development

Similar services are available for those planning ecovillage development. Our experience in designing and developing Earthaven Ecovillage 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.)

Post Petroleum Transition

Time, 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.

Flowforms aerate & purify water

Workshops, Seminars, Public Speaking

Peter 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

Masonry by Keith at Earthaven
Click here to view images of Keith's dry-laid stonework.

Consultation and Design Fees

Our 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.

We 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.

We can normally save you the cost of consultation by helping you find ways to reduce your overall investment while still accomplishing your goals.

Some of Our Design Projects...

155 Acre farm near Pittsburgh Pa. with 6 large ponds, Food Bank and CSA production, livestock, wetlands and forest management, ecotourism.

Ecovillage 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.

130 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, OH.

1/2 Acre site development plan with terraced gardens, greywater treatment system, water management system, for passive solar home, Asheville, NC

1.5 Acre site designing for flood abatement and sediment deposition plus edible landscape in Minnesota.

120 Acre "green" subdivision with 65 homes, apartments, community center, shops, fish and swimming ponds, community gardens, community supported agriculture, edible landscapes, in Tennessee.

1/3 Acre forest garden on suburban lot in Iowa.

25 Acre rolling polyculture farm in Ontario.

38 Acre vineyard, pastures, and market garden in WV.

1+ Acre SE Indiana suburban lot with gardens and food forest.

A 9 acre minifarm near Bloomington IN.

A 19 acre terraced, polyculture homestead in Lynchburg, VA

Many urban / suburban lots in San Francisco Bay area, Boston, SE and Midwest.

Part of the 96 acre campus of the Dominican Sisters, Adrian, MI

Renaissance Farm and Permaculture Ctr.

10 years of observation, analysis, design, imprementation, management,exploration on our 2/3 Acre home and residence / polyculture micro-farm site in Bloomington / Monroe County, Indiana.

The site performs many-edged functions dealing with multiple energy flow cycles, inputs and yields. Here's a few:

  • Heavy wet clay is being converted into very productive carbon- and mineral-rich garden soils.
  • Rainfall 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.
  • A multiple-yield garden growing more than 200 species of healthy crops with multiple extended yields of vegetables, small fruits, hazelnuts, flowers, and herbs.
  • A wildlife haven for frogs, toads, turtles, salamanders, birds, birds, birds, butterflies and moths, high populations of predator insect species, etc.

...and many more. The same basic design processes are also making a big difference at our new place in Montague Michigan. Please call for references.

Ontario polyculture farm
Sketch for re-envisioned 25A soybean field

Keystone Properties
120A "green" neighborhood in ex-cottonfield

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Patterns for Abundance
PO Box 182, Montague, MI 49437 USA

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