What We Can Offer You
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.
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 1/2 hour of our time will be considered a consult and we will bill accordingly. Our hourly fee is $65 hour and may include travel time at $35/hour. We offer Saturday appointments.
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
Down East Permaculture PDC Course (Looking for volunteers!)
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.
- To be determined
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.
- Scholarships Available
- Volunteers Free
- Course Fee $400
- $35 per session (optional)
- 2024-2025 Schedule coming soon
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.
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Call Us at 207-922-9735
We are always around town and in the area, so say hello!