Meadowbrook Permaculture Ecovillage


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The Meadowbrook Farm Ecovillage redevelopment plan was my final project for Living Mandala Permaculture Certification Class

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Meadowbrook Permaculture Ecovillage

  1. 1. Meadowbrook Farm Gise"e BissonLiving Mandala Permaculture Certification Project 1
  2. 2. Listen to the land. 2
  3. 3. and the land said: “This land is to beshared with the village.” 3
  4. 4. “Everything you need is here.” 4
  5. 5. The client wants:❖ Housing for 20.❖ To grow food - animal, vegetable, calorie crops.❖ Preserve/store food for 20 people for 2 - 6 months.❖ Child care area, healing/yoga/sacred space.❖ Future potential to have doctor, dentist, healing, retail, etc❖ Cottage industry, sustainable businesses.❖ No cars on the land. 5
  6. 6. The problem isthe solution. Reutilize pond muck,thistle, bird poop & runoff. 6
  7. 7. Invisible structures.❖ 1909: Meadowbrook & BAE Springs one land.❖ In 1933, it was divided, and 3/4 of the rights to BAE Spring were deeded to Meadowbrook.❖ Along the Road, Zoning is Mixed Use.❖ A bedroom = a room WITH a closet.❖ Build as many 120 sq. ft. structures as you want.❖ We did not get to meet the residents.❖ 6,000 sq. ft. of agricultural structures allowed. 7
  8. 8. SoilDivert run off from house roof.Utilize/divert gray water. Composting toilet/ humanure. Utilize decades of duck poop.Utilize pond muck from excavation/dredging. 8
  9. 9. Composting toilet with hidden worm bin below Swales & ditches to divert runoff.Watson’s wick for black water. Gray water & runoff 9
  10. 10. La Tierra, Sebastapol Laulima, Maui Eaores, FranceEcovillages that have deeply influenced me. 10
  11. 11. Structures use local materials. They even grow their own coffee.Community dinner every Sunday, fruit stand & snacks daily. Creating a village. Laulima Farm Maui: ecovillage farm serving the community. 11
  12. 12. Goals: Zone 1❖ Land: Massive pruning, mulching.❖ Water: Channel run off and gray water into the gardens.❖ Plan for future mixed use/light retail & services.❖ Phase One food production, gardens.❖ Make space for children.❖ House as many people as legally possible.❖ Prepare for peak oil - food storage. 12
  13. 13. Site Analysis❖ No gutters on house, causing dry rot. Add French drains all around the house (ditch with rocks.)❖ Channel run off to trees, gardens.❖ Divert gray water to water trees, gardens.❖ Use onsite duck poop, pond muck, wood chips to sheet mulch the land. Cover crop with nitrogen-rich plants.❖ Existing heirloom fruits, lilacs, mature plantings need some lovin’ & compostin’. 13
  14. 14. The Front GateUse on site materials. 14
  15. 15. The pergola. A centerpiece for music & celebration.Mandala / labyrinth path of recycled broken dishes. 15
  16. 16. Fruit stand & kiosks.Providing community & income. (This fruit stand at Laulima has a community dinner on Sunday.) 16
  17. 17. Mandala herb gardenMaximize edge. Beautiful fountain or commissioned art in the center. 17
  18. 18. The house. - Renovate with green materials. - Get off the grid. - Divert/collect roof runoff & gray water. - Add skylights, passive solar greenhouses. - Enlarge kitchen for Glassing in the porch with local stone and recycled windows. Add a water wall and paint the floor dark commercial use. to retain heat in winter. 18
  19. 19. Solar Greenhouse. For planting now, restaurant dining in future.Modeled after “Ferme Auberges” in France, Chez Panisse or Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino. 19
  20. 20. Temporary structure now.Permanent building Phase 2. Massage/healing A creekside oasis with future commercial potential. 20
  21. 21. Cobb & recycled tile partial walls. Utilize geothermal water on site. The outdoor bathroom Recycled windows,vintage tub &onsite wood. A simple outdoor shower on a living tree. 21
  22. 22. The outdoor kitchen.Food preservation, smoker, solar oven, cob pizza oven, space for workshops. Protected from rain. 22
  23. 23. Spiral garden Maximize edge.Grow food near the kitchens. 23
  24. 24. The bridge & creek.This bridge should have a gate to keep goats & ducks out. Grow hops on an arbor over bridge. 24
  25. 25. Kid’s Oasis.Domes now, wee cob house in the future. 25
  26. 26. Yurt for gatherings, yoga. Sweat hut Sacred space.Yurt(s) in 2010, move to Zone 2 later. Can also function as meeting space, guest sleeping area. 26
  27. 27. The orchards and gardens are fenced offfrom deer & goats with onsite materials. 27
  28. 28. One generationplants trees.The next generation gets the fruit & shade. 28