The HabAdapt Story
HabAdapt was born the day I realized my design work focused on adapting home landscapes to meet the habitat requirements for native life. The wild life supported seemed to include plants, arthropods, and birds. These thriving entities then sustained the earth by enhancing the soil. When I stepped back for a panoramic view, I saw many of the functional elements I incorporate into my designs allowed for people to comfortably utilize the chosen space. The functional components aimed at utilization of sustaining materials. The materials molded together beautifully. Hence; Life, Function, Beauty.
I appreciate there is a simple raw beauty to life. Life will blossom, flock and congregate in an area with rich food sources. I had created those food sources for the wild life through use of specific plants. I began incorporating food sources for people into my plant selections. Function is always helpful as it facilitates enjoyment. The beauty of the design was of course important, as most people do not want to look at crop rows or something resembling a weed patch and labeled "native planting".
While I was creating these spaces for people to enjoy, the opportunity for any plot to become a nurturing, sustaining, and thriving bed of life had not occurred to me. Still, here it was.
I continue to find forums for personal and professional growth. A friend recommended I attend a class on permaculture (edible gardens) hosted by her church. It was here I discovered my "plant" work had a name. My science background has enhanced my understanding of permaculture and has given me a solid foundation for my approach. I now see permaculture as the greater concept weaving the fundamental and theoretical concepts rising from agriculture, ecology, horticulture, hydrology and anthropology.