Since 2010 we have been creating a vision for Agape Gardens. In 2012 we secured a piece of land to call home for our dreams.
In 2013 we finalized a permaculture design plan of the land with all the site specifics, assessments, etc. This plan was submitted as part of our certification with Geoff Lawton, a worldwide expert and permaculture design teacher. Our design was approved with the highest recognition!
We strive for our project to follow a truly smart ecological design, that is aesthetically pleasing and inspiring at the same time. We went out of our way to study with legends like Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton and Sepp Holzer. As we gain experience and knowledge season to season, our design grows and shifts along with our learning journey.
1. Operating a small machine ourselves, we tweaked the design of our front gardens to capture even more water and shield us from the main road.
2. We created a designated space with berms to be covered with hoops and plastic as our temporary greenhouse.
3. We laid the foundation for a Walipini - an underground passive solar greenhouse
The best fertilizer is the footsteps of the landowner.
The gardens are quiet a difficult site as we are working with mostly bedrock, or flagstones of bedrock with soil and sand in between. It is a well-drained site, but also extremely poor in its vegetation or growing capacity. The actual vegetable beds were formed by two installations with heavy machinery (we physically could not lift most of the rocks). We scraped off as much soil as we could and turned a flat gravel parking lot at the front of the lot into a lush high berm garden (see pictures above). This installation was really successful and has been truly inspiring for us and for our visitors. We formed the gardens in May 2013 working with pretty much stones and dust, and by July/August - you would not believe that used to be a desert. The soil has seen incredible regeneration and is a phenomenal example of Mother Nature's power to thrive!