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Mission

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To design a holistic and resilient system which will increase Ina's self-sufficiency and emergency
preparedness. This landscape will be beautiful, productive, low-cost and low maintenance.
Vision:
We imagine a human habitat that is ecologically integrated. The dry rocky slopes of this site present
challenges but also opportunities for edible production, water security, beauty and abundance. The
landscape will be dotted with fruit trees, berry bushes, and plants for humans and wildlife. The design
will be guided by the clients values, which include respect of wildlife patterns, sustainability, and the
creative process. The landscape will enhance the well-being of the client and be manageable for her
while increasing her self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness. Physical systems (irrigation,
composting, water storage) will activate higher biological activity in the soil, food production.
Objectives:
fix irrigation before next summer
develop a soil fertility management plant and begin implementation this fall
design a clear and easy rat proof system
develop annual garden plan and begin implementation by this fall
Improve composting
have Jo teach bud-grafting to Ina on the hawthron (grafting on pear)
initiate community potluck
fix rain barrel (for gravity feed)
enhance privacy screen between the north neighbor
skill and knowledge building around soils, compost, grafting, irrigation etc.
Planting fruit trees, berries, etc. Starting this fall and continuing over implementation plan timeline.

Site Analysis and Assessment Summary: Constraints and Opportunities
Location:
Orcas Island, Wa.
Precipitation:
28” per year
October-March 19.81”
April-September 8.35”
Temperature:
Summer Hi/Low : 70/49°F
Winter Hi/Low: 45/34°F
Hardiness zone: 8b
Prevalling wind: Summer NW; Winter SE
Soils: Rocky well drained, exposed bedrock
Lot size: 7854 square feet
Aspect: SE
Slope: 15/100= 15%
Dominant vegetation: Madrona (Arbutus menziesii); Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii); Ocean spray
(Holodiscus discolor); Low oregon grape (Mahonia nervosa); Juniper (Juniperus scropulorum); Salal
(Gaultheria shallon); Snow berry (Symphoricarpos albus); grasses;

Opportunities: Good drainage Warm microclimate rainwater collection and use solar power passive/photovoltaic possibilities Community connection and sharing surplus and/or varieties of fruit compost and fertility management beautification learning/education around soil fertility and holistic landscape management increase self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness increase privacy screening Challenges: Rocky. dry. bedrock time constraints budget constraints deer proofing rat attraction Shade from house and doug fir trees Budget: Plants Soil pathways/wood chips irrigation fencing water parts .