Friday, 12 February 2021

The Polyculture Project - Regenerative Landscape Designs - Carla Blackmar, Oxford, Ohio, United States

Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course 


If you would like to learn how to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes we'll be running our  Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course that starts on May 4th, 2022. 

We're super excited about running the course and look forward to providing you with the confidence, inspiration, and opportunity to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes, gardens, and farms that produce food and other resources for humans while enhancing biodiversity.

Regenerative Landscape Design Online Course

You can find out all about the course here and right now we have a 20% discount on the full enrollment fees. Just use the promo code SUB2022 in the section of the registration form to receive your discount. 

We are looking forward to providing you with this unique online learning experience - as far as we know the very first of its kind, and if you are thinking of reasons why you should do this course and whether this course is suitable for you, take a look here where we lay it all out. Looking forward to it!

With permission, we'll be sharing some of the final designs from the course with you over the next few months. This week, we're presenting a design from Carla Blackmar based on the development of an outdoor classroom of an elementary school in Ohio, US. 


Kramer Elementary School, Oxford Ohio - Regenerative Site Design by Carla Blackmar


The risks of indoor spread of COVID-19 in school settings have exposed the degree to which many US communities have neglected the potential of outdoor public space.  My design re-imagines an underutilized elementary school property in small-town Ohio, with a focus on making inviting outdoor spaces for learning while also working to address ecological challenges including habitat loss due to invasive plants and deforestation.  I have tried to focus on low-maintenance and resilient design solutions, attempting a design that can be maintained largely by machine with a focus on edible native trees such as paw paw, persimmon, oak and hickory.  While this project is unlikely to be built, the principles gained in the course and through the creation of this design will be applied to other local projects, some of which will focus on public space."


Existing and Historic Conditions



































Site Constraints

  • Water: poor soils on top of slope means water runs off instead of soaking in. Water is in wrong place for food forest.

  • Soils: Possible construction debris/ compaction during construction have resulted in poor soils

  • Economic: School district has no funding for this project, would need to be paid
  • for with outside $

  • Deer: very high deer population will make it difficult to “beat them” to theharvest in the forest. Fencing is prohibitively expensive.

  • Social: past outdoor education projects on-site have been abandoned. 

Site Goals and Designs








Food Forest Plan Detail

































Native Food Forest and Compost Area







Outdoor Classroom Plan Detail





Final Site Images










If you would like to get in touch with Carla you can reach her at cablackpot@gmail.com. 

If you would like to join the course this spring, you can find out all about what's included here, and right now we have a 20% discount on the full enrollment fees. Just use the promo code RLD2022 in the section of the registration form to receive your discount. The offer is valid until the 4th may2022.

In our next post, we'll be looking at a design by Olivier Bastin an experienced hydrological engineer and consultant that has developed a project for his community. 

Welcome to our Online Store where you can find Forest Garden/ Permaculture plants, seeds, bulbs and Polyculture multi-packs along with digital goods and services such as Online Courses, Webinars, eBooks, and Online Consultancy.  We hope you enjoy the store and find something you like :) It's your purchases that keep our Project going. Yuu can also find our full list of trees. shrubs and herbs for forest gardens on our website here 

 


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Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course 


If you would like to learn how to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes we'll be running our  Regenerative Landscape Design - Online Interactive Course that starts on May 4th, 2022. 

We're super excited about running the course and look forward to providing you with the confidence, inspiration, and opportunity to design, build and manage regenerative landscapes, gardens, and farms that produce food and other resources for humans while enhancing biodiversity.

Regenerative Landscape Design Online Course

You can find out all about the course here and right now we have a 20% discount on the full enrollment fees. Just use the promo code SUB2022 in the section of the registration form to receive your discount. 

We are looking forward to providing you with this unique online learning experience - as far as we know the very first of its kind, and if you are thinking of reasons why you should do this course and whether this course is suitable for you, take a look here where we lay it all out. Looking forward to it!

We offer a diversity of plants and seeds for permaculture, forest gardens and regenerative landscapes including a range of fruit and nut cultivars. We deliver all over Europe from Nov - March. - Give a happy plant a happy home :)


Our Bio-Nursery - Permaculture/Polyculture/ Regenerative Landscape Plants 


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