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Making your Permaculture Dreams a Reality

Unique One-on-One Permaculture Consultations

Cultivate an abundant and thriving ecosystem in your own property.

Abundant Garden

Permaculture • noun. verb

Development of agricultural ecosystems
intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient

Get tailored advice on how to create a garden that is a harmonious integration of landscape and people, while planning for your long-term property goals. We listen to your dreams and ambitions for your property before providing a solution-focused report that will help you to create the robust future-proof system of your dreams.

Savour Soil works with you, one-on-one, to bring you further along the permaculture journey, with practical advice for transforming your land into an abundant and resilient ecosystem for generations to come. Our action plans will help you envision your goals and break each step down so as to be achievable and practical, with a focus on earth care, people care and future care. 

We understand that you’re looking for solutions that suit your lifestyle and budget, while still achieving a thriving ecosystem that will feed you and your family. We work with you and your existing environment to create a vision for your land, inspire you to take action and create a legacy for you and future generations.

For a more regenerative, resilient and abundant life.

In-person visits across South Queensland and online consultation are available.

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“Savour Soil was recommended to us by a friend who had heard we had moved. As busy people, with only slightly ‘green’ thumbs, we were keen to engage a consultant who could provide a property-specific report, complete with local knowledge – so that we wouldn’t be wasting time, energy and money planting the wrong plants in the wrong places. 

When we contacted Savour Soil, they outlined the three levels of consultancy services  provided. As we had settled on a large rural residential lot and wanted to plan our long term future there, we engaged Savour Soil on a full consultation basis so that we could commence the permaculture design, with an understanding that a number of elements take three to five years to implement. 

We were visited on a number of occasions, taking observations of the property, our lifestyle, and asking many questions. Most importantly, they listened to our dreams and goals and also took into account our limitations, particularly as we are time-poor, and provided a report that will help us create a garden that will feed our family and look after itself in an energy-efficient way. 

So the overall outcome was a property report that will help us achieve our goals and break them down so they are not as overwhelming. Their knowledge has provided us with a 25-year plan of growing our own food, educating our children and enjoying our property. They have been so approachable and eager to answer our questions and design our garden our way. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Savour Soils for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of permaculture, or anyone seeking holistic advice on how best to feed their own family from their garden.”

– Megan and Jacob

Using our unique approach, adapted over time we will :

  • Use the Ethics and Design Principles as a guide to creating your resilient, regenerative and abundant landscape
  • Discover your ‘why’ & discuss the different aspects you hope to achieve and what you’re able to bring to the design
  • Explore & discover the characteristics, history of and plans for the property
  • Work with you to facilitate the design process so that we can create something that is unique to your context
  • Regenerate your soils and maximize your water potential
  • Discover what will grow well and suit your preferences & lifestyle
  • Identify waste streams that can bring added potential and value to your design

Choose your own Permaculture Adventure

Verbal Property Visit

Verbal Consultation Property Visit

How it works:

Savour Soil will visit your property to chat with you and anyone else living there about your plans and goals for your land. We will go over your time, energy and financial budgets, discuss what you would like out of your land (how much and what kinds of food, etc), and what elements would work well within the site.

What you get:

  • 1:1 property assessment
  • Verbal discussion of your needs and the needs of your land
  • a series of templates (approx. 30 to 50 pages) specific to your site so you can hit the ground running
  • Tour of your land to discuss options and give you a direction for the next steps
  • 1 hour offsite research, 3 hours onsite
  • 2 page summary report on what we have discussed

What it costs:

$500 +GST

Who it’s for:

For those of you who are looking to move forward with your permaculture journey, but want a bit of guidance for what will work best for you and your property.

“A huge thank you for your time and knowledge today, and for your patience answering our many questions. It was just so inspiring. Greg and I both said afterwards that your fee was one of the best uses of our money – ever!”

– Helen & Greg

Savour Soil Garden

Online PDC Tutoring

How it works:

Are you doing a Permaculture Design Course and are unsure how or if the design you have done will work across your site? Or are you looking for practical advice on the implementation and management of that system? Savour Soil will come to you and walk with you through your design, asking questions and giving advice on how you can make it real.

What you get:

  • 1:1 property assessment
  • Verbal discussion of your needs and the needs of your land
  • Assessment of your own design and suggestions for how it can be improved or implemented
  • Tour of your land to discuss options and give you a direction for the next steps
  • 3 hours onsite working with you and your design

What it costs:

$450 +GST

Who it’s for:

For those of you who are already undertaking a Permaculture Design Course, and want an in-person assessment of your plan and if it will work for you and your property.

“After completing my PDC and mapping out a design for my property I knew capturing water & improving the soil would have to be my first priority. Yet I still felt unsure exactly how to start. It was Savour Soil on-site consultation that filled that gap for me. Their probing questions and expertise helped me envisage how I could manage a gradual implementation of the integrated systems on my property over the coming years. They gave me the confidence to know where and how to get going and that’s exactly what I needed.”

​- Sarah Smith

Concept Design

.How it works:

Take your consultation beyond a verbal visit!

Savour Soil will visit your property to chat with you and anyone else living there about your plans and goals for your land. We will go over your time, energy and financial budgets, discuss what you would like out of your land (how much and what kinds of food, etc), and what elements you would like included in the concept.

And if you live outside of Queensland we can still facilitate that conversation remotely.

What you get:

  • 1:1 property assessment (Context visioning & Decision making, Sector Analysis, Site limitations, Soil Fertility Plan, Water analysis, Plant Selections and so much more)
  • 50 to 90-page report tailored to your property and your needs
  • Latest photographic mapping
  • A concept design for you to build upon
  • Final consultation to discuss your design and how you can implement it
  • Ecosystem Integration: The foremost goal of this permaculture design consultation is to integrate the human-made system (e.g., a garden, farm, or homestead) harmoniously with the natural ecosystem. This involves assessing the local climate, soil, flora, and fauna to ensure that the design enhances biodiversity, conserves resources, and minimizes environmental impact. The aim is to create a self-sustaining, closed-loop system where waste is minimized, and natural processes are utilized to the fullest extent.

  • Resource Efficiency: Another key goal is to maximize resource efficiency. This includes optimizing the use of water, energy, and materials within the design. The goal is to reduce waste, conserve water, harness renewable energy sources, and minimize the need for external inputs such as fertilizers or pesticides. A well-designed permaculture system should be highly efficient and minimize its ecological footprint.

  • Functionality and Resilience: A permaculture design consultation aims to create a concept plan that not only works well in the present but also anticipates and adapts to future changes. The system should be functional and resilient, capable of withstanding fluctuations in climate, market conditions, or other external factors. It should provide for the needs of its inhabitants while maintaining a high degree of flexibility to evolve and adapt over time.

What it costs:

Starts from $2000 +GST (subject to scope and distance), Approx. 70 hours of work

Who it’s for:

For those of you who are looking to move forward with your permaculture journey, and want a more high level and tailored assessment for what will work best for you and your property.

Developing a regenerative ecosystem

Working Plan Design

How it works:

A more robust consultation.

Savour Soil will visit your property to chat with you and anyone else living there about your plans and goals for your land. We will go over your time, energy and financial budgets, discuss what you would like out of your land (how much and what kinds of food, etc), and what elements you would like included in the design.

What you get:

  • Minimum 100 to 300 page report tailored to your property and your needs
  • Latest photographic mapping
  • A working plan design for you to build upon
  • Final consultation to discuss your design and how you can implement it
  • Assessment of Site Characteristics: The first goal is to thoroughly assess the site’s existing conditions, including climate, topography, soil quality, water sources, and vegetation. Understanding these site-specific characteristics is essential for tailoring permaculture solutions to the unique needs of the location.

  • Identification of Client’s Objectives: Collaboratively define the client’s goals, needs, and preferences for the site. This step helps align the design with the client’s vision, ensuring that the permaculture elements integrated into the plan meet their practical and aesthetic requirements.

  • Integration of Permaculture Design Principles: Apply permaculture principles such as observation, diversity, and sustainable resource use to develop a holistic design that maximizes the efficiency of natural systems. The goal is to create a regenerative ecosystem that minimizes waste and requires minimal external inputs.

  • Design for Resilience and Productivity: Focus on designing a system that is resilient to environmental changes and capable of producing a variety of yields, including food, water, energy, and habitat for wildlife. Emphasize techniques such as polycultures, water harvesting, and renewable energy integration to enhance productivity.

  • Educational: Promote education as an integral part of the design. Encourage the client to learn about and actively participate in the permaculture design, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility for the sustainable practices implemented on the site.

What it costs:

Starts from $5000 +GST (subject to scope and distance), Approx. 150 hours of work

Who it’s for:

For those of you who are looking to move forward with your permaculture journey, and want a more detailed and specific tailored assessment for what will work best for you and your property, and a comprehensive design for you to work off.

Working Plan Design Example
Working Plan Design Example

Adaptive Design Process

How it works:

The Adaptive Whole system Design Consult is where we truly embrace the design principle ‘Creatively use and respond to change’. We are engaged long-term to work with your and your land to create a robust and regenerative landscape.

What you get:

Ecosystem Resilience: Enhance and promote the resilience of the ecosystem within the designated area. This includes improving soil health, water management, and biodiversity to ensure the system can withstand and recover from disturbances such as extreme weather events or pests.

Food Security and Sustainability: Develop a self-sustaining food system that provides a diverse range of crops and resources. This should involve designing a garden or agricultural setup that maximizes yields, minimizes waste, and reduces the need for external inputs like synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

Resource Efficiency: Optimize resource use and reduce waste by implementing strategies like rainwater harvesting, composting, and efficient energy utilization. The goal is to create a regenerative system that conserves resources and minimizes environmental impact.

Community Engagement and Education: Foster community involvement and education about permaculture principles and practices. Encourage local residents to actively participate in the design and maintenance of the permaculture project, building a sense of ownership and shared responsibility.

Long-Term Adaptation: Develop a flexible and adaptable permaculture design that can evolve over the three-year period and beyond. This involves regular monitoring and adjustments to accommodate changing environmental conditions, evolving goals, and the feedback of those involved in the project

  • Facilitated conversation between you and your land over 3 years’
  • Assess the current site conditions and resources.
  • Collaborate with the client to develop a comprehensive permaculture design.
  • Identify critical elements and zones within the design.
  • the physical implementation of the permaculture design.
  • Establish critical elements such as gardens, ponds, and composting systems.
  • Monitor and adjust the design as needed based on real-world conditions.
  • Educate the client on maintenance and care.
  • Focus on the long-term sustainability and resilience of the permaculture system.
  • Provide ongoing support for maintenance and management.
  • Promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance for the client.
  • Identification of what is tangible and adjusting and developing your land design based on it’s feedback
  • Latest photographic mapping to track progress
  • Long-term engagement to educate and work with you along your permaculture design journey

What it costs:

Starts from $3000 +GST per year over 3 years (subject to scope and distance)

Who it’s for:

For those of you who are ready to embrace the permaculture lifestyle. You are looking for someone to work with you and your property, to create your vision for an abundant life.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a celebration of life. It is a way for us to move forward, supporting ourselves while regenerating the landscape around us.

For ourselves, for future generations.

Permaculture has become, for many, synonymous with sustainable, organic home gardening, working with rather than against nature. Evolving from the original definition of PERMAnent agriCULTURE to PERMAnent CULTURE, permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscapes and people, through the conscious design of a lifestyle which is highly productive and leaves the earth richer than we found it.

By building resilient, regenerative and abundant human-supporting landscapes, permaculture achieves high yields for low energy inputs, while actually building fertility over successive seasons. We search for, design and create thriving ecosystems that celebrate nature’s abundance, providing solutions for every climate, landscape and culture imaginable.

In essence, a design process to meet human needs while enhancing ecosystem health.

We need to create a vision.

We need to change the climate of our minds. We need to rebuild our inner landscapes. We need a positive, solution-focused way of thinking. We need to be inspired, and we have to act. We need to heal ourselves, our landscapes, our relationship with nature and our culture & communities. We need to learn how to reconnect with nature so we can mimic it in the design of our present and our future.

Savour Soil Permaculture provide professional services and expertise in the field of sustainability and environmental design, permaculture education and training. We focus on practical, achievable projects to improve community resilience, increase food security and educate communities.

We work with landowners and renters throughout South East Queensland to cultivate abundant and thriving ecosystems in their own backyard. We teach, train and inspire the next generation of sustainable gardeners through in-person and online permaculture design courses, and encourage everyone to take action today, not just for the present but for the future.

Victoria and Micheal from Savour Soil

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