Biophilic Design Is Coming to a Building Near You

by Rebecca Lindenmeyr The realization that nature can heal us is hardly new, but recent research has shown just how much we benefit from its close proximity. A 2016 review of 52 scientific articles on the ancient practice of Japanese “Forest Bathing”1  presents data to support that we have a positive physiological reaction when we […]

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The Soil We Grow In

by Bruce Fulford For most of my first two decades, I grew in rich farm soils in southeastern Pennsylvania. The gently sloping hills and flood plains were potassium rich-soils of weathered rock and clay that had for millennia incorporated organic matter from native vegetation, crop residues and farm animal manures. By the time my brother […]

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Feed the Soil; Feed the Plants

by Mike Murray We all have to eat. In a forest, leaves fall and enrich the undisturbed soil. Bacteria and fungi decompose the litter and provide nutrients to the trees. In a residential garden bed that has been turned over, dug up and may not have such good soil to begin with; things might not […]

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Start with the Soil

by Steve Phillips As members and supporters of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, we likely have an awareness of the importance of ecology. But do we truly have an understanding of our interdependence on it? We hear the term “regenerative agriculture,” but how does that scale to our everyday lives? As the days of Victory Gardens […]

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From Swimming Hole to Artful Landscape

by Shawn Mayers Franklin, MA, hired groundSwell Designs in 2013 to develop a schematic master plan for a small town parcel that had been neglected for almost 50 years.  The wetland site had served as the city’s “swimming hole” in the 1930s.  A municipality with an extremely limited budget, all construction was to be completed by […]

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