Consulting and Design

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I believe consulting and design go hand in hand to create an incremental, on-going dialogue with the land through management decisions and actions. I begin all consulting and design projects with a short Client Questionnaire to gather basic information about the project and site. This provides the baseline for an Initial Consultation - either a remote video consultation or a local site visit consultation.  

An Initial Consultation is both a valuable assessment and consultation for your site, and it lays the foundation for all future consultation and design work on your project. Based on your responses to my Client Questionnaire, I gather information about your site through online research on climate, water, soils, and more. This data is combined with your stated priorities to inform and guide our conversation.

If you'd like to schedule a consultation, please send me an email through the contact page.

What I need, at least 48 hours prior to the consultation, are answers to my Client Questionnaire. Download a copy of my client questionnaire document here.

For sites in the Reno area, I am happy to start with either a remote video consultation using Zoom or a local site visit consultation.

 

For sites outside the Reno area, I start with a remote video consultation to assess if a site visit is appropriate, and if so, to help clarify the priorities for the site visit.

 

I charge $100/hr 

 

Initial remote and local site visit consultations are ~1.5 hrs of interaction. 

Both include a preliminary remote site review and follow up, which are another 2.5-3 hrs of time combined.

For this I charge $400. If you want a site visit, I add mileage expenses and 1/2 rate travel time.

Larger sites (>2-5 acres) and sites more than ~1hr drive from Reno require 1/2-1+ day site visits, which cost more and are estimated based on an Initial Remote Video Consultation.

 

More complex and larger projects can benefit greatly from an Initial Remote Video Consultation, and may desire a more comprehensive Remote Site Assessment prior to planning a Site Visit Consultation and Conceptual Plan Development

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What you get is:

  • A 1.5 hr remote site assessment and video consultation

  • A follow-up report packet delivered via Google Drive including

    • A site map both blank and with notes from the consultation

    • A set of figures, graphs, and tables showing local climate data

    • A list of site and project-specific recommendations and resources based on our conversation

    • An NRCS web soil survey report for your site (USA sites only, if available)

    • A recording of our video call

    • An estimate for a site visit consultation and/or detailed remote site assessment (if desired)

 

If you want a more detailed follow up with a to-scale digitized map detailing the concepts discussed during the consultation, I can draft that as part of the follow up. Depending on the level of detail this generally runs an additional $300-600. We can discuss and decide on this during the consultation wrap up.

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What you get is:

  • A 1.5 hr site assessment and site visit consultation

  • A follow-up report packet delivered via Google Drive including

    • A site map both blank and with notes from the consultation

    • A set of figures, graphs, and tables showing local climate data

    • A list of site and project-specific recommendations and resources based on our conversation

    • An NRCS web soil survey report for your site

    • An estimate for a conceptual plan and/or landscape design (if desired)

 

If you want a more detailed follow up with a digitized map detailing the concepts discussed during the consultation, I can draft that as part of the follow up. Depending on the level of detail this generally runs an additional $300-600. We can discuss and decide on this during the site visit wrap up.

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My design process is organized by integrating the Permaculture zones of use, sectors, and microclimate assessments, with the Regrarians Platform to prioritize projects and site development. For most projects this means: 1) identifying any critical infrastructure needs starting with Water, Access, Buildings, Fencing and Energy, 2) Identifying appropriate locations and patterns for trees to manage Sector energies and modify microclimates, and 3) Starting close to the home and center of activity and working outwards from there based on topography, soils, and the capacity of the land and people involved.

For Design projects, I build off our first round of consultation by generating basemaps and site analysis maps in Google Earth and/or MS Powerpoint which are widely used and accessible programs.  These maps facilitate a dialogue that guides conceptual plans, project prioritization and implementation. Materials lists and plant lists are then created on a project by project basis.

I encourage an incremental and iterative approach to design and implementation, particularly on larger sites and for DIY projects. This often takes the form of multi-year projects where a practical and achievable set of projects are outlined for the current year and future projects are organized for assessment and prioritization each following year. Many people find it valuable to schedule a remote video consultation a few times per year to check in on project progress, particularly successes and challenges, and to create a plan for the next steps.

Whenever possible, I prefer to keep each project scope of work focused on the specific portion of the overall design which has been identified as the current priority, then create a set of deliverables ranging from $500-3,000 of work. This lowers the risk of creating a complex, detailed design without going through the review and feedback process with the client and the landscape.

Larger, more complex projects requiring 1/2 day or longer site visits can benefit significantly from an Initial Remote Video Consultation and periodic hourly video consultation.

 

For more thorough analysis and design development they can also follow a slightly larger and more comprehensive project arc.  This process includes a thorough 1. Remote Site Assessment phase that clarifies project and site context, develops initial base maps, a site inventory, and site analysis concepts.  This informs and guides a 2. Site Visit Assessment and Conceptual Plan Development phase. Future phases and consultations are outlined. These are often 3. Priority specific detailed designs and analyses to guide 4. Implementation followed by 5. Monitoring, Maintenance, and Assessment to learn from the effectiveness of initial implementation efforts and inform 6. Design Revisions and Next Steps.

 

For these larger and more complex projects prefer to partner with another Permaculture Consultant whose experience is relevant to the project. The additional perspectives, conversations, and concepts generated by including 2 consultants are extremely valuable, adding insight, novelty, quality control and nuance to a project's outcomes. 

 

My preferred consulting partners include, but are not limited to:

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