In the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon homes sit upon historic prairie and savanna soils. Clay loams, black with organic matter, reflect a history of carbon flow above and belowground. Plant, animal, and microbial life participate in carbon flow, as a productive ecological system. Human residents, as yard managers are agents of disturbance in this everyday ecological system, and may influence the extent of the soil carbon pool. How can we build fertile carbon-rich soil while minimizing environmental impacts associated with management?
Urban ecosystem residents, in managing their yards consistently over at least 30 years, have significantly affected soil carbon content in their yard. Low-management lawns stored more carbon and nitrogen (CN) at <46 cm depth, and there was a trend of increasing CN with depth in high-management lawns.
Fields & Orchard
Young fruit trees of the Four Fields orchard in New Boston, NH proceed through bud swell, burst, and bloom, exchanging pollen, setting fruit, growing wood and leaves. We act as agents of disturbance in the orchard system, at the nexus of forest and field, striving to establish environmental conditions that favor one organism over another.
Hand Drawn Farm, Hancock NH
Design & Build
Woodshed - Summer 2012
Top Bar Bee Hive - Hand Drawn Farm 2012
Bush Cabin - Summer 2009 & 2010
Screened Porch - Summer 2012 & 2013
Hestia - Passive Heating/Cooling Design - Fall 2013