What We Can Offer You
TWIG's mission is to use sustainable practices in all aspects of our business. We care about the earth first and adhere to ethical practices for both the client and the environment. If you don't see a service that we may help you with, email us!
Organic Sustainable Garden/Landscape Design/Permaculture
TWIG believes that design is key to creating functioning landscapes. Clients can opt to be involved with the whole design process catering to to their specific landscaping needs. We also offer integrated landscape designs using edible plants, food forests, and permaculture designs for the 'off the grid' or 'homesteading' client. The design package includes a scaled CAD drawing in which the client can opt to install on their own, hire us, or submit it for bids from other landscapers. We give the client all the tools they need with the design package, which includes information sheets on plant material, proper planting, mulching, maintenance etc. We emphasize the importance of design. If we do a design and we install the entire design, we will wave half of the design fee. For our information sheets on the process please email us.
TWIG would be glad to come and spend some time initially for free to see if TWIG's services might be right for you. Anything over ½ hour of our time will be considered a consult and we will bill accordingly. Our hourly fee is $55/hour and may include travel time at $35/hour. We offer weekend and evening appointments.
TWIG can quote our design installations from start to finish or in stages. We take pride in using no till methods, no 'products', and recycled materials. All soil, mulch and compost is purchased locally. We have our own nursery with some native plants in stock and purchase from Maine and New Hampshire plant nurseries.
From low maintenance to high, we can guarantee your garden to always look its best. We offer maintenance contracts for the season which can vary from once a week to once a month visits. We can come and do a free quote for you. Maintenance is important and we pride ourselves in staying on schedule so your gardens will look good at all times. At each visit we will also create a custom bouquet for your indoor space using Paula's florist skills to use and brings your gardens indoors at no extra cost with a maintenance contract. We have limited availability for new clients. Existing clients contracts are mailed in February.
Clubs, groups or just friendly gatherings can book a TWIG garden chat. The current fee is $100 per talk plus a $35 hourly travel fee if more than a 20 mile drive from Eastport. Sign up on our Facebook page or subscribe to the TWIG newsletter to stay on top of the current talks being offered.
Eastport Tree Walk
TWIG offers a two hour walk for groups or individuals on the island. Learn to identify native and invasive species, and unique trees we have on the island. Fee is $30 per person. Groups of two or more at $20 each. We are in the process of offering more walks that will be listed in our newsletter.
TWIG and the Ladies of the Commons have come together to start Legacy Park in the lot next to the Commons in downtown Eastport. Please stop in the Commons to see the current design. We are excited to get this funded and are in need of volunteers to help. Please email us if you are interested.
Down East Permaculture
This course is for land owners, farmers, gardeners, landscapers or anyone interested in learning about Permaculture! Permaculture is a holistic, whole-system approach to landscape design and growing food. This course will guide you through the process of designing for food security, as you learn about methods to keep nature in balance by preserving nature resources and precious ecosystems. Each student will participate in creating an on-site design for a property in Pembroke Maine, as well as one for their own property. Course graduates will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) after completing a 72 hour course.
Paula and Laszlo Kovecses, owners of The Way It Grows LLC (TWIG) in Eastport, Maine and former owners of TWIG Horticultural Consulting in Concord, New Hampshire. TWIG offers consulting, CAD designs, installations and maintenance. Aside from a horticultural degree from UNH, Paula is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, and has obtained her PDC through Colby Sawyer College in NH.
- September 14th and 15th– Opening weekend retreat – 9 am Saturday through 3 pm Sunday
- October 19th 9am-5pm
- November 9th 9am-5pm
- April 18th 9am-5pm
- May 16th 9am-5pm
- June 13th 9am-5pm
- August 15th -16th - Closing weekend retreat – 9 am Saturday through 3 pm Sunday
Please note: We would like to emphasize the importance of the weekend retreats to create lasting relationships among fellow permaculturists. Please let us know if this is something that is not possible and we may work around it. Each student must complete 72 hours.
- $555 per student for entire course
- Deposit of $100 due by August 1, 2019
- $65 per session (optional)
Each weekend each student will be asked to bring something for potluck. We will try to keep this simple for you. On the weekends, one potluck for lunch on Saturday and other meals will be provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Tent – We will have extra tents for anyone who needs one. We also will have a camper on site for anyone who needs a comfy place to sleep. Sleeping arrangements will be made on the first day of the course.
- Appropriate clothes – We will be outside as much as we possibly can, so layers of clothes, coats and raincoats are recommended. Warm wool socks, is highly recommended in colder months.
- Comfortable boots – We will be doing minor walking and hiking through woods, so this is important for your feet.
- Gardening tools if you have them. Pruners, loppers, etc.
- Plate, cup, utensils for eating each session. We will not have paper products available.
COURSE OUTLINE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
- Introductions Integrated Design
- Expectations from Students and Instructors Sustainable Design
- Definitions of Permaculture Stacking Functions
- Permaculture Ethics/Principles Water Cycles
- Global and Local Concerns Storm Water Run Off
- Ecological Footprints Land Degradation/Erosion/Soil
- Observations Needs and Yields
- Principles of Ecology Map Reading
- Diversity Alternative Methods of Gardening
- Ecosystems Solar Cooking and Dehydrating
- Solar Power Small Farm Animals
- Pesticides, Chemicals Climate, Micro climates
- Plants/Companions/Orchards Field Trip
- Beneficial Insects/Chop and Drop Base Plan Design
- Food Forests/Guild Building Conceptual Design
- Native/Invasive Specie Identification Social Permaculture
- Design Presentations
Please note: This list is subject to change due to scheduling two speakers and one field trip with above expertise.
TWIG will customize containers for your weddings or other events. We use perennial plants instead of annuals, so the client can then plant them in their garden for enjoyment years to come. The perennials were then planted in the clients yard for their enjoyment after the honeymoon and years to come!