November Program: Michael Judd of Ecologia, LLC

Permaculture is  both practical and aesthetic and works to uphold native populations of flora and fauna.

Organic Gardening defines permaculture as  “the best of natural landscaping and edible landscaping; permaculture aims for a site that sustains itself and the gardener. The ultimate purpose of permaculture is to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, including food, shelter, fuel, and entertainment.

Permaculture emphasizes the use of native plants or those that are well adapted to your local area. Plant things you like, but make sure they have a purpose and somehow benefit the landscape. Plants such as fruit trees provide food as well as shade; a patch of bamboo could provide stakes for supporting pole beans and other vining plants. Along with a standard vegetable garden, permaculture gardeners would grow many types of perennial food plants too, such as arrowhead, sorrel, chicory, and asparagus.”

Some of Michael’s projects are: teaching mushroom cultivation, ways to harvest rainwater, creating food forests, edible architecture and herb spirals among other services.

From Ecologia’s About page:

Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole system designs throughout the Americas for the last 18 years focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design to increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. The founder of both Ecologia, LLC, Edible & Ecological Landscape Design and Project Bona Fide, an international non-profit supporting agro-ecology research. Michael currently offers design consultation, implementation services and workshops specializing in urban/suburban edible landscapes, rain water harvesting, holistic farm design and anything to do with fungi. In his spare time he is building a circular strawbale home in Frederick, Maryland.