Ecosocial Design concerns itself with the operational design – how a site will be lived into over time. It involves enterprise planning, staffing, program design, curriculum, and much more.

business plan

ecosocial design

site design

financials

production planning

projects

LIFE @ Opa-Locka

[2017]

LIFE @ Opa-Locka is a design/build project underway in Opa-Locka, FL., another of Miami’s economically challenged areas. LIFE stands for Local Integrated Food Enterprise, a new model for regenerative economic development that is perfect for empty lots in the urban core. The eco-social aspects design went significantly beyond the site (urban farm, food market, cafe) and included all the operational aspects (business plan, production plan, menu, staffing, etc.) as well.

Farm School MIA

Farm School MIA is a curriculum designed to grow the next crop of regenerative urban farmers who will learn to grow food at every scale (backyard to commercial). The curriculum is comprised of three consecutive modules each with 84 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on learning.

N.A. Permaculture Convergence

Co-designed and co-organized the first North American Permaculture Convergence held in September of 2014 in southern Minnesota. The convergence brought together over 500  attendees of diverse backgrounds throughout NA to network, learn and grow and expand the Permaculture movement.

Foodscape Designs, LLC.

Foodscape Designs, LLC. is an offshoot Of Earth Learning’s regenerative design initiatives. Earth Learning, now relaunched as Inhabit Earth, has used regenerative design methods in all it’s interventions (projects, events, workshops, campaigns, etc.) and internally as an organization since it’s inception. The Farm at Verde Garden became it’s most complex project and it became clear there was a demand for a for-profit social venture to propagate more productive placemeking projects in the world.

Florida Local Food Summit

The first Florida Local Food Summit took place in summer of 2015 in Orlando, FL. The event’s design benefitted from several years of experience hosting the The Greater Everglades Community Food Summits and attracted a statewide audience interested in connecting and cross-pollinating over local food systems.

Edible Forest Garden Design

Edible Forest Gardening was a course led by Eric Toensmeier and taught twice onsite at The Farm at Verde Gardens, which proved a wonderful living lab for designing permaculture ecosystems. It was based on his original curriculum and infused the mimicking of Everglades ecosystem applied to designing perennial polycultures.

Financial Permaculture

This Financial Permaculture Convergence was an Advanced Permaculture course delivered over 5 days and led by Jennifer English and Mario Yanez. Over 50 participants worked in four working groups design one of four key enterprises of the Farm at Verde Gardens. Seasoned facilitated the working groups. Scholar-practitioners gave workshops in finance, alternative economics and permaculture. This is where the first iteration of the LIFE (Local Integrated Food Enterprise) model emerged.

Brooks Bend Farm

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Designing a Local Foodshed

Designing the Local Foodshed was a college-level course curriculum developed and delivered at the University of Miami.

Course Description: Designing a Local Foodshed is a cross‐disciplinary course where students will explore the issues human societies face around food and agriculture. The course will explore theory and practice of local food systems, while creating an understanding of the unique conditions of the Greater Everglades bioregion (southern Florida). This course takes an interactive design‐based approach, where students will generate creative ecological solutions to the challenges of community food security in the Greater Everglades.

Objectives:

1. To create shared learning experiences, both context and content, in the subject of Designing a Local Foodshed

2. To engage in the process of being proficient in one’s home bioregion, in this case The Greater Everglades

3. To further develop the skills needed not just for academic or professional success, but those of a citizen‐designer

4. To draw out of each student the best traits of what it means to be human at a critical time in our history