Effective Landscapes

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Northstar pie cherr

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Steppe One Farm
Steppe One Farm

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Palmer's Penstemon
Palmer's Penstemon

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Northstar pie cherr
Northstar pie cherr

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In consultation, I engage both the client and landscape to brainstorm design solutions to existing problems. 


I begin with an interactive assessment to understand goals, opportunities and constraints then outline multiple pathways to abundance.


​Experienced in many climates, I specialize in Homestead development, Drip irrigation, Edible and medicinal landscapes, Horticulture, Water harvesting,  Erosion control, Topsoil generation, Weed management plans, Agroforesty planning and Crop diversification.

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Using an evolving toolkit for Watershed Regeneration I strive to rehydrate landscapes and livelihoods. Specializing in:

Urban and Rural Homesteads

Small Farms &

Watershed Restoration


My design approach begins with a conceptual pattern of land use for a site based on the integration of client goals and landscape potential. I then generate details and materials lists incrementally on a project by project basis. This allows the site and client to generate feedback based on the results of implementation. We use this feedback to guide the next steps in design and application.

​I offer Hands-on Training and Multimedia presentations to expand the application of Regenerative Land Stewardship.

Multi-day Training        Short Presentations


Workshops     Conferences

Schools      Non-Profits      Community Groups


I empower attendees with tools they can apply from home to watershed scale.

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Steppe One Farm and Nursery operations are integrated into my family's 1.3 acre Permaculture homestead.  All our practices work to cultivate a thriving living soil and biodiverse ecosystem on the site.  The compost, fertilizers and soil mix components we use are OMRI certified.  We do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers. 

We specialize in culinary and medicinal herbs, both fresh and dried, and also have seasonally available produce and cut flowers.

In the Nursery, I grow primarily edible, medicinal and native perennials with some annual fruits and vegetables in the spring and early summer. My focus is on useful plants that do well in the high desert climate of Reno, Nevada. Most of the plants available in the nursery are also grown on-site in the ground to test and prove their hardiness here.

Our specific availability list is always changing. Please subscribe my newsletter for periodic updates and sales info. 

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"Neil's consultation exceeded the (already high) expectations I had. Our few hours together, and his follow-up reports and maps, taught me permaculture lessons that will last a lifetime. Neil's expert input during the design phase of my permaculture property saved countless hours (month? years?) of work down the road. And gave me a plan that I am stoked (and confident) to be implementing."

-Garrett M., Reno, NV

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