Fields Without Fences

following a philosophy of deep ecology

Fields Without Fences follows a philosophy of deep ecology rooted in the functionality and balance of natural systems. On our 10 acre certified organic medicinal forest garden farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey we cultivate herbs, fruit, and wild edibles within an innovative, naturalized design framework. Beyond our site we provide permaculture consulting services on projects across the region.  Our cultivation style and ecological approach is aimed at restoring health and integrity to our shared landscape.

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Site Assessment & Analysis Intensive

Working with the land begins with understanding the landscape we inhabit.  Each plant, soil type, stream, and animal tells the story of a place and local ecology.  Join us for this weekend long intensive exploring the language between people and place, as we interpret environmental indicators that inform ecological design and land management.  Whether you are planning to farm, garden, steward, or install decorative landscaping, site assessment and analysis is foundational in determining the most appropriate plants and design for your environment.  This “patterns to details” approach will provide you with the skills necessary to holistically assess agricultural, suburban, and forest ecosystems to determine site limitations as well as opportunities, that function as a foundation for conscious design and implementation. This introductory workshop is appropriate for homeowners, farmers, permaculturists, and anyone interested in learning how to read and understand the mechanism and functionality of landscapes large and small.  The following topics will be explored throughout the course as we visit and learn in diverse locales:    


Understanding geographical location & ecosystem functionality


Topography & slope assessment

Water flow patterns

Wind & solar movements

Identifying plant indicator species

Identifying micro-climates

Soil analysis

Wildlife flow patterns

Technology & tools for analysis

Observation vs. Interpretation

Permaculture sector & zone analysis

Zoning & legal land use

Holistic functional analysis as a foundation for design


Information found on this website is meant for educational purposes only.
It is not meant to diagnose medical conditions, to treat any medical conditions or to prescribe medicine. 

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