We help you decrease your impact and increase your effectiveness.
No matter what, when we develop our living spaces, our communities and our businesses, we will have an impact on the Earth.
Unfortunately, most development at this time has immediate gain placed at a higher priority than long term resiliency and permanent abundance. This has caused issues such as pollution, erosion, desertification, global warming and a looming energy crisis to name a few. It is important to note that the techniques used to develop infrastructure and industry are not implemented with the intent to create abundance, but to focus gain into a small time frame with limited beneficiaries.
Radicle Routes takes a different approach to development.
Using permaculture principles, regenerative agriculture and water harvesting, we design landscapes that are drought tolerant and bio-diverse. In addition, we assess and incorporate your goals, business plans, specific site opportunities into a complete global design package. This can be very instrumental in making the development of your property resilient and permanently abundant. Some examples of our development techniques include but are not limited to:
- Keyline design – Developed by PA Yeomans as an effective technique to maximize beneficial water resources on a piece of land. The direct use of a Yeomans Plough with a prescribed cover crop has the ability to create up to 300mm of topsoil over the period of one year. The process generates an abundance of carbon in the soil to increase water absorption drainage and permits better root development. “The Keyline Scale of Permanence identifies typical farms elements ordered according to their degree of permanence. Keyline considers these elements when planning the placement of water storage, roads, trees, buildings and fences. On undulating land, a keyline approach involves identifying several features namely ridges and valleys and the natural water courses seeking optimum water storage sites and potential interconnecting channels. The water lines identified from the land-form subsequent provide optimal locations for the various less permanent elements (roads, trees, buildings and fences) to optimise the natural potential of the landscape.”
- Permaculture Design – A set of design principles that initiate the development of sustainable architecture, human settlements and resilient self-maintained agriculture modeled after patterns identified through observation of natural ecosystems. Permaculture focuses on the relationship between many elements of the design instead of focussing on the specific elements themselves. Although the idea is not new, the specific term permaculture and design principles were introduced by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the book “Permaculture One” in 1978. This was their response to the unsustainable use of industrial-agriculture practices and the subsequent drastic negative effects on humans and bio-dynamic ecosystems.
- Holistic management – Treating the entire entity of a farm as a single system, holistic management allows decisions to be made with the global benefit of the entire ‘organism’. This type of management encourages diversity and increases financial strength and growth momentum. Holistic management allows one to form an operation based on personal values, integrates into the surrounding environment and depends on a feedback loop method of guidance.
- Project management and earth works – drawing from 14 years of experience in utility infrastructure, earth works and project management and a vast network of professional resources, we can take your design all the way to implementation. Our turnkey approach to design will allow you achieve phased completion goals on budget and on time. Hiring us to manage your project allows us to multitask and find efficiencies that will in turn reduce costs and overall completion time.
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- Shelter belt design and installation– Shelter belts are an effective way to decrease evaporation in ponds and reduce heat loss in homes. We assess the site and the soils to create a specific design for your situation.
- Soil building/ transitioning – Trees and grasses require different types of soils from each other. Therefore, in order to grow trees in an area that has been a grass land, one must first transition the soil from bacteria dominant to fungus dominant.
- Keyline plowing – We use a “sub-soiler” to redirect overland water flow, allow air penetration, rehabilitate fields with hard pan issues, seed specific cover crop blends designed for site specific results, and to aid in tree planting.