Permaculture Consultations and Design

Looking to incorporate  permaculture designs in your yard, but are not sure where and how to begin?  I can help.  Want  to know what kind of plants are already growing on your property so that you can read your land?  Know what plants to pull and what to leave, and what to eat?  Miranda Kennedy can help.

We are experienced consultants, having helped hundreds of homeowners, business people and schools with money- and water-saving designs.  We understand that everyone’s needs are different, and budgets are important, so we give you the most in the least amount of time.

Our consultations are Site Evaluations: 

  • We set up an appointment time via email, at finchfrolicgarden@gmail.com.
  • I send a questionnaire that you’ll fill out, and we’ll review it when I arrive. This focuses your needs and allows me the information to make the appropriate suggestions for your site.
  • We walk the areas of your property for which you would like advice, preferably starting at the top of the watershed.
  • I give you answers to your questions, provide suggestions, design ideas, problem-solving and recommendations. You are responsible for taking detailed notes or recording (as long as recording is for personal use only). I give a lot of information, so be prepared! If I don’t have an answer, I’ll research it later and email the information to you.
  • You are in control of the time I spend at your property. Most consultations run between one and three hours, depending upon your needs. I don’t ‘pad’ the time with idle chit-chat, but I take my cues from you.
  • If you would like a written report, that will of course be extra to pay for my additional time, and that fee will be based on how extensive the report is. 
  • Site Evaluations are $50 per hour, and the time begins at your door. If mileage between my home (Fallbrook) and yours takes is over fifty miles, I ask a $20 additional travel fee, and $10 for each additional 10 miles beyond that. That fee can be shared if I visit more than one property during the trip. I have clients from near the border, to Ramona, to Burbank and out to the coast. I don’t mind traveling.

Landscape Designs:

While I encourage homeowners to design their own gardens, I have designed many permaculture gardens for clients throughout San Diego. Most designs are hand-drawn; some are created on Sketchup. All are accompanied by an extensive document listing the plants, the planting and irrigation techniques, a watering schedule, fertilization through permaculture, and the reasons behind the design choices. Designs begin at $600, depending upon the size of the property and extensiveness of the project.

Our success is when you begin to see the possibilities and solutions in your property, not just the problems.

I have resources listed on this blog and am always happy to answer questions from my clients about what we discussed via email for no additional cost.

I want to educate and help people garden naturally; I think it is one of the most important things we as homeowners can do for ourselves and our Earth.  Therefore I keep my fees very low.  

I have been the project manager on several large-scale and backyard plantings. If you have workers to install the garden who need guidance, I can give an on-site workshop for them at my usual rate of $50/hour to  show them how to dig a swale, how to hugelkultur, and any other instruction they may need.  I can assist further with the garden installation if desired.

Miranda can tell you all about your plants and wildlife; if she doesn’t know it on site, then she photographs it and researches it afterwards, and can send you a detailed report.  Miranda graduated from Oregon State University in June, 2013, from the Fisheries and Wildlife Dept.  She studied Wildlife Conservation, with a concentration on wild birds. She has been on the Board of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, and a volunteer with their Native Plant Restoration Team. She is active on the top bird, insect and plant identification sites, both posting answers and searching for identifications. She has participated in local bird counts, and has done wildlife inventories. Her collection of data and photographs on flora and fauna is extensive.  Miranda lectures, writes the Finch Frolic Facebook page posts on insects and animals found on site, and loves to find out what roles they play in the balance of nature.  She charges $50/hour consultation fee, and will send you a detailed identification list of species on your site for an additional fee.

I have my Permaculture Design Certificate, an AA degree in Landscape Design, a certificate in Irrigation Technology from Mira Costa College, and have studied Nursery and Landscape Design at Mesa College, as well as having been an organic gardener for most of my life and a permaculturalist since 2010. My daughter and I maintain Finch Frolic Garden ourselves, so we have lots of hands-on experience.  I have advised many happy clients on how to make the garden they desire on a small budget, using permaculture techniques. Please see our Testimonials page.

Please contact either of us at finchfrolicgarden@gmail.com to set up a consultation.  We will do our very best to make you thrilled and excited about your property!

9 thoughts on “Permaculture Consultations and Design

  1. Good Morning, I would like to bring a small group of ladies, from my garden club (10 or 12) to your garden
    I understand about the headcount & money for a tour. When would be a good time for us to come? When
    meet on the third Tuesday of the month. Would this be a bad time of week or could you give me some
    guidelines as to when we could visit, it could be within the next 8 months. Could you let me know.
    Thank you, Kathleen Delancey

  2. Hi Brooke,
    there is a ‘subscribe’button on the web page now. You should receive an email when there is a new blogpost. I haven’t found a reliable way to have the full post appear in your email though, due to photo size. I’m continuing with the research.

  3. Hi Brooke. Thank you for commenting. I’m looking into this and I’ll get back with you. Networked Blogs should be emailing notifications, but not the full blogpost. Good for you for doing what is so much more important! Diane

  4. Having trouble finding where to subscribe your blog. Can you help me out? I’d like to get your posts via email. I try not to spend much time on websites…if much rather be in my garden, my grove, or with my kids. 🙂

  5. Paula, I’ve also answered via email. Yes we are doing consultations and can have time Thurs. – Mon. of this week. Please email me a good day and time. Thanks! Great time to do it after rainfall, too.

  6. How far out are you and Miranda scheduling consultations? Do you have time to come to Vista in December? Maybe even before Christmas?

  7. Hi Susan,
    We’ll come to San Diego, and our time starts at your home. It sounds as if you are doing a lot of good things, but just need some tweaking. It is a good time now to do any earthworks, big or small, to harvest what rain we’ll be receiving. If you are interested in a site evaluation, please email me at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net. Good luck with all you do!

  8. We live in the city of San Diego, have a NWF certification, 3 chickens now since April 2013, They have been free range and eating up plants, grasses, bugs. Getting more challenging! looks like we will have to keep them in their pen. Would love to have some guidance! My sages, etc are drying up. We are in clairemont/kearny mesa area. And on a budget, love what you are doing!

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