Permaculture Design Services

Create your dream permaculture space!

With over 50 years of combined permaculture design experience,
David Shaw, John Valenzuela, and Julia Herring are experts in evaluating
what a landscape needs to thrive. Whether your goal is to create
a low-maintenance native pollinator garden,
an urban permaculture homestead including food and water abundance,
or a permaculture farming enterprise, we can help!


Our Services

Initial Permaculture Consultation

What to Expect:

  • We’ll answer questions and focus on areas of your site most important to you.

  • Explore your goals and what key changes you want to make through our collaboration.

  • Full site walk & talk to discuss and highlight needs and landscape upgrades to increase functionality and sustainability.

  • We’ll provide recommendations that have the least change & greatest effect.

  • Next Steps: If you’d like to work with us to create a full design, this is step one. Learn more about our design process in the flow chart below.

Phone Consultation

What to Expect:

  • We’ll meet by phone or zoom to answer questions and focus on areas most important to you.

  • A great option not only for land stewardship but also project incubation and development.

  • Consider signing up for one-on-one mentoring if you want more regular support.

Fruit Tree Care


We Offer:

  • Fruit and nut tree pruning and training

  • Custom grafting

  • Design and installation of irrigation systems

  • Guidance in selecting a planting site

  • Help with choosing species and varieties

  • Troubleshooting pest & disease management

  • Answers to your fruit tree care questions!

Our designs balance beauty and productivity, and are custom designed to meet your goals.

Desired Outcomes

  • Farm and Garden Design. Whether starting an agricultural enterprise for the first time, or modifying an existing farm, we can help you add economic and social value to any size farm or garden.

  • Front and Back Yard Edible Landscaping. Would you like to have fruit, vegetables and flowers year round? We love to integrate rainwater catchment and storage, perennial vegetables and flowers, fruit and nut trees, as well as elegant garden structures such as pergolas, rock pathways and terraces, and bamboo trellises.

  • Orchard Care. Do you have overgrown fruit trees, or would you like to plant an orchard at your home, campus or business? We can help!

  • Home-Scale Permaculture and Homesteading. Do you need help deciding where to place swales, how to create a crop plan, or which livestock might be right for you? We can help make sustainable living easier by design.

John Valenzuela


Principle Designer

John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant, and permaculture educator. Living in Hawai’i for 15 years, he studied and practiced tropical permaculture while teaching throughout the Islands. He has been a lead permaculture design course teacher at the Bullock Family Homestead in Orcas Island, Washington, for 10 years, also having taught in Costa Rica and throughout urban and rural California. His special interests are home gardens, plant propagation, rare fruit, food forests, agroforestry, ethnobotany, and native ecosystems.

David Shaw


Principle Designer

David Shaw is a permaculture designer, educator, facilitator, farmer, and musician living in Santa Cruz, California. David has been teaching sustainable living at UC Santa Cruz since 2004. David completed the Farm Apprenticeship at the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and holds a MS in Integrative Eco Social Design from Gaia University. In order to meet the challenges of today, he is creating an urban farm and inter-generational learning center that fosters hands-on farm and wilderness skills, cultural competence, social entrepreneurship, and collective action.

Julia Herring

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Project Management & Document Production

Julia Herring is a landscape designer, project manager, and natural builder. After pursuing a career in project management at a corporate healthcare company after college, she transitioned into a career in permaculture in 2018. Julia completed her PDC with Santa Cruz Permaculture in March 2018, and went on to teach natural building and food forest planting workshops at Arcosanti in Arizona. Julia is currently a student in the Landscape Design program at Merritt College in the Oakland hills.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to hire the Santa Cruz Permaculture team to design my yard. Where should I start?
Sign up for a Permaculture Consultation using our online scheduler.

How much does an Initial Permaculture Consultation cost?
$275 + a small processing fee.

How long is an Initial Permaculture Consultation?
120 minutes. During that time you can show us around your property and ask any questions you have about your land.

Are site visits allowed to happen during social distancing?
Yes. We will remain outside for the duration of the consultation, wear masks, and stay 6 feet apart.

I need help with my fruit trees. What should I do?
Book a Fruit Tree Care session with us using our online scheduler. Note that all pruning sessions have a 2 hour/$200 minimum.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the process?
Send an email to, or call us at (831) 216-8208 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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