Permscape - Permaculture Food Forest Oasis and Education Center
Permscape - Permaculture Food Forest Oasis and Education Center
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Commenced:
01/02/2015
Submitted:
08/03/2017
Last updated:
16/03/2017
Location:
1220 Valley Forge Road, Suite # 27, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, US
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Website:
http://www.permscape.com/
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate





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Permscape Permaculture - Valley Forge Pa, Food Forest - The Beginning

Project: Permscape - Permaculture Food Forest Oasis and Education Center

Posted by John Stevenson 12 days ago

This is the detailed journey of a property undergoing a transformation from two potential mini mansion building sites to a preserved food forest farm and permaculture demonstration and education center.

In February 2015 two adjacent lots of approximately 38,000 square feet each located in south eastern Pennsylvania were purchased. They have a combined area totaling approximately 2 acres in size. There were several attempts made by potential buyers over the years to develop the lots which were zoned R2.

Plot Plan

(Permaculture Site includes both Lot 2 and Lot 3).

There is access to public sewer. A private well is already located on the property. Two building lots are feasible. The lots are located in both the 100 and 500 year floodplain.

Potential buyers have approached the township expressing interest in building homes on stilts or on top of a garage/storage area raised foundation. The goal was to elevate the homes above the flood plain levels. This use is consistent with the property directly across the street. There is an existing home with the living area located on the second floor.

The Schuylkill River flows behind the properties across the street. Two times in the last 50 years the home to the south and the one backing up to the river were flooded.

 Valley Forge Park and the Schuylkill River located a short walk from the property.

Our original mission was to protect and preserve what we believed was an old growth forest from mini mansion residential or commercial development.

Lots 2 & 3

Our intent was to introduce perennial food producing elements in all their varied forms to the already thriving natural system. Cloning/dividing/and propagating vines from cuttings/roots/seeds began. The seedlings were scheduled to be planted under the mature trees. The vines would mimic nature climbing up the trees using them as a trellis while providing added benefit by producing vegetables, flowers, fruit, and beer.

The vines of choice were Kiwi, Grapes, Akebia, Hops, Passion Flowers, Schisandra Vine, Climbing Yams, and more.

Kiwi and Siberian Pea Tree/Shrub grown from seed to plant at the lot after the first frost.

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