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We Do

and we think you probably do, too!

This section may seem quite disrelated to the subject of foundations, soft-stories, earthquake retrofitting, etc, but it is not at all a mistake that it is here!

This is not an offer to perform services for our clients, it is instead more of a gift of gathered information as presented by some of the visionary leaders in an emerging subject that for many reasons, is long overdue! That subject is most commonly referred to as “Sustainable Permaculture”.

While each and every one of our thousands upon thousands of clients is uniquely different one to the next, there is at least one common thread woven through nearly every single one of them; they are either property owners already, or are in the market to be!

With that in mind, I’ve assembled a grouping of open source videos that begin to frame up the edges of a much wider study, that of “Sustainable Permaculture”. Further, it will act as a means of giving you a peek at some potentials that your property may well lend itself to, in addition to or as opposed to whatever plans you already have for it!

As you will see for yourself if you decide to peek in on any of these videos, they cumulatively touch on topics such as but not limited to:

  • Controlling the wet-dry cycle in the soil on your property (as it can affect your foundation!)
  • Helping “heal” nearly any type of soil, even expansive clay soil, as a means of reducing its annual expansion/contraction cycle (thus lessening one of the biggest causes of long-term foundation damage)
  • “Rebooting” soil to kickstart a micro-climate and the beginnings of a biological ecosystem that will invite life and thus fertility to assist whatever yard design you may have.
  • “Capturing” ground water without using vessels of containment, but allowing mother nature to play her part
  • Repurposing resources that we’ve all been somewhat “conditioned” to “put in the green bin”, which are actually some of the very resources that our ground is crying out for!
  • Using permaculture to defend your property from wild fires, even during times of relative drought.
  • The means to help increase your property value in a way that compounds over time, with little to no further financial investment.
  • In terms of an “earth-wide” view, see how massive swaths of “desertified“ land in formerly arid regions of the world have been reversed and have become fertile, prosperous, food bearing regions again!
  • And for fun, a fascinating interpretation of a chemical-free, natural swimming hole that is maintained by plants, animals, the sun, and the power of Mother Nature doing what only she can do!

The above is not an exhaustive list, but more of a loose introduction to the topic of “Sustainable Permaculture”. For many years now, I’ve been watching, studying about, and partaking in the subject as it relates to protecting foundations from damage, in a way that extends their useful life. Turns out there are many additional benefits, though the original intent was in the direction of foundation longevity.

I share it with you now in the hope that you find in it one or many nuggets of wisdom that bring you great value, great pleasure, and great connection to the ground that you are or will soon be the steward of!

The Foundation Works

Tom Pelletier

Founder, The Foundation Works

The Foundation Works
The Foundation Works
The Foundation Works

What Is Sustainable Permaculture?

Permaculture is an ethical design approach inspired by the earths natural ecosystems. These natural, self sustaining systems can act as a framework for creating productive landscapes for our needs.

Permaculture ethics and principles provide a guide to being more responsible for our own lives, environment and future. 

Sustainable permaculture helps us understand and create harmonic relationships between nature and humans in the most sustainable way. It gives us techniques and ideas that can direct us toward healthier environments, cultures, and people.

When we work with nature instead of trying to impose our will, the solution is often found within the problem.

— David Holmgren

Permaculture Pioneer

Permaculture in Action

Geoff Lawton is a world renowned permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and over 50 countries around the world.

This video shows what a permaculture design looks like and how the land develops into a self sustaining, flourishing ecosystem.

Permaculture on a Large Scale

The story of the Loess Plateau is a fascinating example of how permaculture can regenerate a piece of land on a large scale. Located in China, the Loess Plateau was once a highly fertile and easy to farm piece of land the size of Texas. But over centuries of deforestation and overgrazing, the plateau became a barren, impoverished region in China.

In 1994, the Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project was launched. The project guided the people of the Loess Plateau in facilitating the natural regeneration of the landscape, and developing practices that encourage the growth of the land. More than 2.5 million people were lifted out of poverty by doubled incomes.

Interpretations of Permaculture

Back to Eden shares the story of Paul Gautschi and his lifelong journey in learning how to get back to the simple, productive organic gardening methods that predate the agricultural revolution.

The food growing system illustrated here has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world.

Permaculture for the Family

By combining permaculture concepts you can create a fun, relaxing synthesis of plants and animals for everyone to enjoy.

This video is less than five minutes long and outlines the creation of a natural swimming hole that does just that. This is just one example of the limitless possibilities offered within the realm of sustainable permaculture.

Interested in learning more about our vision? Feel free to reach out and we will gladly help you with any questions that you may have!

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