Our Mission:

Our Mission: To enable individuals and communities to take an active part in the cultivation of systems that provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, herbs and other yields, in a way that benefits themselves, cares for the land and environment, and provides a surplus to use, share and reinvest into the system.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Spring 2020 Update

It's the first day of Spring, but unfortunately the Corona pandemic is upon us, and the precautions are in full force.  Social distancing is the norm to protect our vulnerable.

As "People Care" is one of the three Permaculture Ethics we at Abundant Design take these precautions seriously to protect our customers, neighbors and families.

Thankfully though, our work providing edible & sustainable landscapes, promoting resilient families & communities, and protecting our soil & water resources can continue.
  • Client meetings can still occur as we use social distancing and typically walk & talk outside
If for any reason you would prefer us to wear a mask for your protection, please ask

  • Design work is still ongoing, with correspondence and review via email
  • Site observations, measurements and soils investigations can continue on site without customer contact
  • Project work is outside as well, with very limited interaction with others

Take time to enjoy each others company with family mealtimes, games, walks and more.  Get outside for some Vitamin N(ature) too.  Fresh air and sunshine is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Use technology to maintain community, phone calls, video chats or even an old fashioned letter helps people stay connected.

We can also learn many things during this time. Take inventory of your lifestyle, and look for ways to be better prepared for the next outbreak, tornado and flooding season or neighborhood & regional power outages.

I wish you and your families the best!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Urban Food Forest and Learning Garden

A couple years ago I was introduced to DMACC's beginning food forest and had the opportunity to share a little insight to help plan the next phases of the project.  Then towards the end of last year I heard the unfortunate news that the food forest was going to be removed for other plans, and if I knew of any non-profit groups that could use the fruit trees and other plants...

But earlier this year I got an email announcing that the food forest would be saved, and they could work with me for a completely new design in their great new location!

Time was of the essence as the existing trees needed to be moved, preferably while still dormant.  Several planning meetings took place to explore options, determine resources and make sure the new design fit the planned style of the new student center.

The space is a permaculture food forest, with multiple canopy layers, various crops and lower maintenance companion plantings.  But instead of designing around a home or acreage, it is designed as part of an education center.  The space is also home to an outdoor classroom, learning barn, natural playspace as well as different demonstration and conservation practices that can be replicated by businesses and residents.

Phase One of the installation was completed this Spring.  The existing fruit and nut trees and shrubs from the old food forest were moved and pruned for health.  A few trees had to be replaced, and a few new varieties were added as well.  Many new companion crops and supporting plants were planted in the understory.

 Students and faculty even had a volunteer day to help with the sheet mulching and spreading of wood chips.

Lastly the raised beds were built for the annual gardens, using upcycled garage door panels, reclaimed logs buried inside, and trimmed out with naturally weather-resistant cedar.

Summer growing photos!

Come visit the food forest on a guided tour this Tuesday!

Hosted by DMACC Sustainable Urban
Sep 24 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1100 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Labor Day Tree Sale

With warm soils and cool Fall days ahead, it is a perfect time to plant.  Most of our installation jobs for the season have trees accounted for and there are still plenty left.  So now is a perfect time for a

Saturday August 31st through September 7th

All our trees have been selected for our growing zone, fruit quality and/or disease resistance!
These potted trees are ready to go in the ground.

Dwarf Apple Trees
  Gala on G-11 (3/8”+ caliper) was $25 now $20
        Honeycrisp/Firestorm™ on Bud 9 (1/2”+ caliper) was $35 now $30

Heritage Apple Espalier in West Des Moines

Popular varieties, great sized for 
smaller backyards or 
get creative with an 
Espalier or Belgian Fence

Many varieties on this Belgian Fence in Urbandale

SemiDwarf Apple Trees
        Enterprise™ on EMLA 7 (5/8”+ caliper) was $35 now $30

Very Disease-Resistant variety, with great fruit quality on a perfect backyard sized tree!

The Japanese beetles attacked with little mercy but the plums and cherries have leafed back out and are looking healthy.

Plum on hardy and adpatable Myrobolan rootstocks, these are good sized trees!
        Shiro (3/4"+ caliper) was $39 now $29
        Santa Rosa  (5/8"+ caliper) was $34 now $29

Cherry SAVE OVER 25%
        Ranier and Lapins available on Mazzard rootstock (1/2"+ caliper) was $39 now $29
        Sam cherries available on Mahaleb rootstock (1/2"+ caliper) was $39 now $29

        HarrowSweet on OHxF97 (3/8”+caliper) was $25 now $20
        Magness on OHxF97 (3/8”+caliper) was $25 now $20

Paw Paw was $15 now $12
Seedling Paw Paw trees need protection from the sun for the first couple years, but are more productive if they are grown in full sun.  What to do?
Our 2 1/2 year old potted seedlings are ready to plant now where ever you'd like them! 

These two have been in the ground for one year!

The tiny one in the foreground was planted earlier this year!

Also available are several other apple, peaches and pear varieties; wild plums and companion plants and shrubs.

Maybe you can even use the long weekend to get them planted.

Send us an email or give us a call to get your deal!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Urban Steward of the Year

I was thrilled to hear that I was the recipient of the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District's 2019 Urban Steward of the Year award!

Awards will be presented Wednesday, July 17th, at approximately 6:30pm in the 4-H building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds during the Polk County Fair.

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Regenerative Future Podcast

Several weeks ago I, along with Dr. Bery Engebretsen, had the pleasure to share some of our work on a popular podcast, A Regenerative Future with Matt Powers
Author and teacher Matt Powers, of The Permaculture Student, shares about Regenerative practices, community building & entrepreneurial topics, interviews and more.

Matt and I had been talking about it for some time and finally found a time we could all get together.

Walks are held on the first and third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m.

Check out more of what Matt is working on, and sign up for one or some of his classes, at The Permaculture Student!

Its been a busy Spring!
I'm looking forward to sharing about what else we've been working on!