"Savour Soils was recommended to us by a friend who had heard we had moved. As busy people, with only slightly ‘green’ thumbs, we were keen to engage a consultant who could provide a property-specific report, complete with local knowledge – so that we wouldn’t be wasting time, energy and money planting the wrong plants in the wrong places.
When we contacted Michael he outlined the three levels of consultancy services he provided. As we had settled on a large rural residential lot and wanted to plan our long term future there, we engaged Michael on a full consultation basis so that we could commence the permaculture design, with an understanding that a number of elements take three to five years to implement.
Michael visited us on a number of occasions, taking observations of the property, our lifestyle, and asking many questions. Most importantly, Michael listened to our dreams and goals and also took into account our limitations, particularly as we are time-poor, and provided a report that will help us create a garden that will feed our family and look after itself in an energy efficient way.
So the overall outcome was a property report that will help us achieve our goals and break them down so they are not as overwhelming. Michael’s knowledge has provided us with a 25 year plan of growing our own food, educating our children and enjoying our property. He has been so approachable and eager to answer our questions and design our garden our way. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Savour Soils for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of permaculture, or anyone seeking holistic advice on how best to feed their own family from their garden." - Megan and Jacob
"Permaculture is a Design Process that seeks to meet human needs while enhancing ecosystem health"
Did you know we also do Land Design? Using our unique approach, adapted over time we will
Using the Ethics and Design Principles as a guide to create your resilient, regenerative and abundant landscape
discover your 'why' & discuss the different aspects you hope to achieve and what you're able to bring to the design
explore & discover the characteristics, history of and plans for the property
closely work with you to facilitate the design process so that we can create something that is unique to your context
regenerate your soils and maximize your water potential
discover what will grow well and suit your preferences & lifestyle
identify waste streams that can bring added potential and value to your design
Below is what we offer for those interested in taking their ideas further along the permaculture journey
Verbal Design Property Visit "A huge thank you for your time and knowledge today, and for your patience answering our many questions. It was just so inspiring. Greg and I both said afterwards that your fee was one of the best uses of our money – ever!" - Helen & Greg First is a verbal, little research and no report, consult where I come to your site, talk to you and any others living at the site, asking a few questions, to discuss your time, energy and financial budgets, what you would like out of the site (e.g., how much and what kinds of food) and what elements you would like included in the design then we tour the site talking about various options - $300 (approx.. 3 hours onsite with 1 hour offsite research)
Online PDC tutoring Are you doing an online PDC and are unsure how or if the design you have done will work across your site. Or are you looking for practical advice on the implementation and management of that system. We will come to you and for 3 hours onsite and an hours research before hand, walk with you through your design, asking questions and giving advice how how it can be made real. “After completing my PDC and mapping out a design for my property I knew capturing water & improving the soil would have to be my first priority. Yet I still felt unsure exactly how to start. It was Michael’s on-site consultation that filled that gap for me. His probing questions and expertise helped me envisage how I could manage a gradual implementation of the integrated systems on my property over the coming years. Michael gave me the confidence to know where and how to get going and that’s exactly what I needed. “ - Sarah Smith $300 (approx.. 3 hours onsite with 1 hour offsite research)
Concept Design Second option is the same but with research, a 30 page report and doing a concept design (rough outline), after which we sit down and look at the report and again walk around the property talking about the design.. Depending on how extensive the concept and size of the block - approx. $700 (subject to scope, plus fuel depending on distance) (approx..10 hours )
Working Plan Design The Working Plan design which includes a 50 page + report, concept and a much more detailed design, and again walk around the property talking about the design.. Again depending on size of block, research and level of detail - approx. $1250 (subject to scope, plus fuel depending on distance). (approx.. 50 hours)
Adaptive Design Process The Adaptive Design Consult is where we truly embrace the design principle 'Creatively use and respond to change' and over the course of several years we design and create your design on the ground suited to your context. We are engaged for a period of 3 years and over that time we come and work with you to help fulfill your dream of a flexible permaculture design. - approx. $4500 over 3 years (plus fuel depending and distance)