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Empower farmers and gardeners to create thriving gardens that fill our bellies and rejuvenate the land.
Empower farmers and gardeners to create thriving gardens that fill our bellies and rejuvenate the land.
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Map Your Place: A Permaculture Workbook for Growing Food is a hands-on guide for gardeners, farmers and anyone around the world who wants to reclaim their relationship with the land and grow food for themselves, their families and their communities. 

So many of us have lost our connection with the land. Whether we are living in places and climates we don’t know very well or feel like we don’t have a green thumb, Map Your Place provides the guidance to transform places into high production gardens that not only fill our bellies but revitalize the land itself. 

Map Your Place accomplishes this by asking questions to help you discover connections at your place that you hadn’t realized were there. It guides you in getting to know your land, placing and planning a garden, selecting plants to meet your needs, and finishes with options to care for your garden that fit with your routine and available time. 

The Workbook is rugged enough to use outside with laminated pages that repel water and dirt, and a pencil to write on the pages. The simple, clear, and interactive format makes it understandable to people with limited English or limited growing skills. 

Developed by Nature’s Edge Designs, a program of the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate (PRI), the Map Your Place team has extensive experience mentoring beginning growers. The idea for the workbook grew from our own experience learning to work with nature. It is designed to help facilitate discovery and build confidence. 

Over the past 10 years, PRI has launched a number of ground-breaking programs – the Permaculture Collaborative, a learning community of permaculture practitioners; Backyard Harvest, a program that transforms urban backyards into mini-farms; and most recently an Urban Farmer Certification program now entering its 3rd year. 

Map Your Place expands our impact in building sustainable systems by reaching far beyond the communities we currently serve. Over the next two years we plan on distributing 10,000 workbooks

We strongly believe in people’s right to grow and eat nutritious food. And we believe that sustainable food systems grow from reconnecting to the places where we live and rejuvenating the land under our feet. 

So what’s next? 

We’ve already raised some of the money to develop the workbook and organize site trials among a diverse group of gardeners and farmers. We want to be sure the Map Your Place workbook is tested, proven and a pleasure to use.

This Kickstarter campaign gives us money to cover the other costs of making this a useful and beautiful workbook such as printing, assembly, and illustrations.  And it allows us to make it available for free or at a deeply discounted rate to people who really need it.

Please contribute what you can, enjoy our great rewards, AND Thank You for joining us in building a movement to rejuvenate ourselves and reclaim the places around us!!! 

And because PRI is a 501c3 nonprofit, a portion of your support is tax-deductible. 

Permaculture is a design system rooted in the observation of the natural world. It’s a positive, solutions-based approach based on a set of design principles and ethics that enable people to create models for living sustainably.

Nature's Edge Designs brings community spaces - those places where we gather, work and play - to life by building relationships between people and nature.  Nature-based learning opportunities, food production and community culture are woven into all of our work.

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    Get a "Nature's Edge Designs... Grow Differently" bumper sticker and keep in touch with what's happening in permaculture with a subscription to PRI Cold Climate e-newsletter

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    Everything above plus a 5x7 Sun and Wind Sector Illustration from the Map Your Place Workbook to use in your garden

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    Everything above plus we'll send you a list of permaculture plant companions for your Top 5 Plants

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    Everything above plus a Signed copy of Map Your Place to give as a gift or use yourself

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    Everything above plus a Map Your Place phone consultation with a member of our team

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    Everything above plus a "Nature's Edge Designs... Grow Differently" t-shirt, a PRI Membership with its benefits, and a Map Your Place Founding Partner Certificate

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    Everything above plus 5 Signed copies of Map Your Place to share with family, friends or your community and a Conference Call with Karen or Paula

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    WOW - Everything above plus 10 Signed copies of Map Your Place to use as gifts

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