Abby’s Place, Florida

The farm will be called “Abby’s Place- A Center for Permaculture Study”. This will be a small operation where people, especially disabled children and veterans can come and learn. In order to honor and address these goals, the designers have rigorously attempted to lift the veil of the words and penetrate to the essence of their meaning. A master plan is a complex endeavor and needs insight, intuitiveness and practical skill in order to create a comprehensive design that will pay heed to the ecological integrity that will bring health to the land for generations to come. As stated by Bill Mollison, the founder of the Permaculture system of design:

“Cultures cannot survive without a sustainable agricultural base and land use ethic. Permaculture is about the relationships we can create between minerals, plants, animals and humans by the way we place them in the landscape. The aim is to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term.”

Well said. In order to deliver this narrative in a well wrought structure, and to make it accessible for the many, this report will follow the Scale of Permanence as defined in the initial assessment for the Heidenreich property, with one caveat: this narrative is an explanation of how the master plan meets all the goals set forth by the owners so it will also need to address items that may or may not easily fall into this Scale of Permanence outline. The ten steps, the scale to use, in delineating a master plan are as follows:

  1. Climate
  2. Landform
  3. Water Systems
  4. Access and Circulation
  5. Vegetation and Animals
  6. Microclimate
  7. The Built Environment, Energy and the Waste Stream
  8. Zones of Use
  9. Soil
  10.  Aesthetics

Another category so often discussed, but not a point of focus, is Spirituality. This broad term can range from a “connection” to the earth forces of wind, sun, soil, water, heat and cold, to the inclusion of the often felt spiritual forces that our ancestors are watching over us, or that there is an ever present force, or God, with some type of universal plan. In light of this we will consider an eleventh point: Spirituality.

These eleven points of permanence ground the vision for the project in “real time” and offer a comprehensive framework for planning and design.