On the Edges Permaculture Design

On the Edges Permaculture Design

On the Edges Permaculture Design specializes in designing small urban properties, and whether you are looking for a full design, or just figuring out a few small steps that you can start with, to live a more self-reliant, sustainable lifestyle, we can help you accomplish your goals.

Why the name “On the Edges”? Edges in nature, are places where two ecosystems overlap. These edges contain more diversity than the individual ecosystems themselves, since they include species from both. Because of that, they are extremely valuable in any design. These are areas, such as, where the woods meet a meadow, where a pond meets the shore, and even where a dry area in your lawn meets a wetter area. These interfaces can be some of the most important elements of a design, because of the diverse richness found there (or that is possible there).

This important principle of permaculture, called edge effect, encompasses more than just natural ecosystems though. It can apply in many other ways, as well, including how we as humans can let our diversity make us stronger when we come together in community.

On the Edges Permaculture Design seeks to incorporate all of these types of edge effects into our designs, bringing balance and richness into both nature and into our lives.

We create designs for home, farms (urban & rural), workplace and industry, and offer three levels of consulting and/or design.


Elemental Consultation

The Elemental Consultation provides you with the following:

  1. A one hour on site visit and verbal consultation
  2. Basic 2 page written report on potential first steps towards creating a permaculture system on your property
  3. List of resources to help you get started

Basic Design:

The Basic Design provides you with the following:

  1. A one hour on site visit and consultation
  2. Color layout and design guide, including plans to scale
  3. Photographs and sketched overlays with suggested alterations, if applicable
  4. Suitable vegetation list based on client tastes, soil type, wind, sunlight, site and use
  5. Information such as working with: property resources, water systems, composting and recycling, building soil health, incorporating trees and plants, bird and pollinator conservation, as well as other pertinent information, as is relevant to the design
  6. List of resources  

(Client must provide contour maps of site, if they are not publically available free of charge, as well as covering the cost of soil tests, if they are necessary.)

Lifestyle Plan:

The Lifestyle Plan includes all of the features of the Basic Design, PLUS:

  1. An additional one hour consultation 
  2. A long-term staging plan, to help the client continue to implement additional features to the design over time.

Implementation Referrals:

Implementation referrals are available after a paid site visit and consultation with the client. 

(We recommend that client’s oversee the implementation process, since the system’s success is entirely dependent on their observations and involvement.)

Additional expenses:

In addition to those already mentioned above, client properties that are more than 20 miles outside of the Nashville Metro area (Davidson County TN), are required to pay the standard IRS mileage allowance.  Client visits requiring overnight stays will be charged expenses by mutually agreed upon terms.


Contact us for more information.


Joni McKeown PDC is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator specializing in regenerative urban farming design and community building, with an emphasis on using native plants and medicinal herbs.