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Marcia Karr

My interest in permaculture blossomed from a love of nature and a strong desire to create more of it.

I found myself attracted to traditional landscape design but something about the amount of work involved just didn’t sit right with me. Then I became very interested in native wildlife gardening, but found it too limiting from a human perspective. (I wanted to use the plants too!) Finally, I read Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden and everything clicked.

I took my first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with Scott Pittman and Jason Gerhardt in July of 2012, completed an Advanced PDC with Andrew Millison in December of 2012, and now I’m pursuing a Diploma of Design in Site Development with the Permaculture Institute of the United States.

My interests lie mostly in water harvesting and drought resilience, animal systems, wildlife habitat restoration, and edible forest gardens.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, I currently live in Austin, Texas.

My Project Sites

The Farm

Springtime at the Farm.

The Farm is 130 acres of Post Oak Savannah, located in Bastrop county, Texas, USA. It has been in the family since 1925 but no one has lived there since 2001.

Since 1995, it has been leased out to cattle ranchers who have run cattle between the southern 100 acres and the northern 30 acres. Prior to that it was a functioning homestead.

My family wants to move back out to the Farm within the next five years, so the site goals are to restore the previous funcionality, improve the soil, establish food forest gardens, and make us as drought resilient as possible.

My House

Street-view of my House.

In April of 2009, I moved from Seattle to Austin and into my house. It was then that I really became interested in growing things. Mainly to attract critters to my backyard.

It’s located at the edge of the Edwards Plateau and Blackland Prairie bioregions. Thankfully, my soil is more Blackland Prairie clay than Edwards Plateau limestone. Digging is challenging, but at least it’s possible.

My goal is for this site to become an example of suburban permaculture design in action, through the use of rainwater harvesting strategies, perennial gardens, and animals.