Goal of permaculture design includes growing food and conserving water

Outlet: The Mountain Mail

March 30, 2012

On a 2-acre site a few miles northwest of Salida, Sandy Cruz and her partner, Gene Tkatschenko, have spent the past year working their land using the principles of an increasingly popular practice called permaculture design.

Their goals include providing sustainable food and shade and conserving water in the arid local environment.

“We’re looking to regenerate a disturbed area so that it’s healthy and thriving,” Cruz said.