SEEDS Resources


Permaculture zones are a way of organizing design elements in a human environment based on the frequency of human use. Zones are numbered from 0 to 5, and can be thought of as a series of concentric rings moving out from a center point—where human activity and need for attention is most concentrated—to where there is no need for intervention at all. At the center of this particular permaculture design is the SEEDS festival geographically pin pointed at Earthdance in Plainfield Massachusetts.

Zone 0     Zone 1     Zone 2     Zone 3     Zone 4     Zone 5

ZONE 0 — The house, or home center. Here permaculture principles would be applied in terms of aiming to reduce energy and water needs, harnessing natural resources such as sunlight, and generally creating a harmonious, sustainable environment in which to live, work and relax. (0-150 miles surrounding Earthdance). - is an interactive website interested in forests in the Watersheds in Western Massachusetts. Includes ways to see your land and gain expert feedback. New England Wetland Plants, Amherst, MA - Medicinal herb farm and store, Florence, MA - A human powered CSA and edible food forest located on three acres of land near downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Arkansas. -Takes major causes (the environment, political, spiritual) and them into one, human cause. Great Barrington, Massachusetts, A Symposium on Art & the Environment at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, Massachusetts. - Institute for Environmental Awareness with earth based education programs, Petersham, Massachusetts.


ZONE 1 — The zone nearest to the house, the location for those elements in the system that require frequent attention, or that need to be visited often, such as salad crops, herb plants, soft fruit like strawberries or raspberries, greenhouse and cold frames, propagation area, worm compost bin for kitchen waste, and so on. (150-500 miles - includes the Northeast bioregion , extending from Maine to Maryland and northern Virginia). under the Social Presencing Theatre The Canary Project worked with 3 artists ­to create site-specific works in Brooklyn that engage the public in experiencing global ecology on a local level. - Mission is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental problems, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. - 350 acres of farmland, nursery, compost production, trails, and wildlife corridors walking distance from down town. Burlington, Vermont. - Proposal for First Person Science - Movement/visual artist exploring urban ecosystems. - Worldwide network for environmental sound artists with an annual festival at Judson Church and Chelsea Art Museum in New York City - Thread and ink descriptions of urban plants. - Andrew Faust's Center for Bioregional Living programs educates and informs people to create abundance, health and regional self-sufficiency through cooperating with nature. Brooklyn, New York - Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance, NYC. Natural builder, photographer and dancer. Providence, RI - Dancer/choreographer, Brooklyn, NY


ZONE 2 — This area is used for siting perennial plants that require less frequent maintenance, such as occasional weed control (preferably through natural methods such as spot-mulching) or pruning, including currant bushes and orchards. This would also be a good place for beehives , larger scale compost bins, and so on. ( 500-3000 miles surrounding Earthdance, which includes North America and parts of South America ). - Provides a structure and supportive services to network of partner organizations to address sustainable community economic development, environmental conservation and social justice.  Chapel Hill, NC - Green building design school. Warren, VT -Nala Walla's rural-based umbrella organization dedicated to active crosspollination between the arts and sciences. - An all-volunteer grassroots organization helping people reclaim their urban spaces to create community-oriented places. Portland, Oregon - directed by Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad. Ventures include dance performances, installation works, film/video projects and educational workshops. Minneapolis, Minnesota - Creating autonomous communities with the tools of permaculture and social activism Austin, Texas. Organic farm with Green Living and Culinary Arts Classes, Farmer's Market, Raw Vegan Organic Foods, and online shopping and soon our movement/yoga studio be finished. - Dancer/Choreographer and costume designer. -Art and Ecology Residency, Mexico. - Dancer/Choreographer, - Butah performer exploring vulnerability, transformation and issues of intimacy. Toronto, Canada. - Beautiful photographs from a SEEDS Interdisciplanary leader


ZONE 3 — The area where main crops are grown, both for domestic use and for trade purposes. After establishment, care and maintenance required are fairly minimal (provided mulches and similar things are used), such as watering or weed control once a week or so. ( 3000-7000 miles- gets us across the Atlantic ). Projects that partner with the ground by Tamara Ashley. United Kingdom. -world wide listings and teacher information. -Power of the arts to inspire great social change. - retreat center body/ecology. United Kingdom /-Environmental art - Dance and Biology - Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science Review, Festival no longer.


ZONE 4 — A semi-wild area. This zone is mainly used for forage and collecting wild food as well as timber production. An example might be coppice-managed woodland . ( 7000 miles, includes all of Planet Earth ). Ilan's site specific performance/food growing projects. Melborne, Australia -News and Views From Around the World Aaron Jessup's worldwide outdoor adventure workshops. - An area accurate map of the world. -An insiders view of climate science, politics and solutions.


ZONE 5 — A wild area. There is no human intervention in zone 5 apart from the observation of natural eco-systems and cycles. Here is where the most important lessons of the first permaculture principle of working with, rather than against, nature are learned. ( Uncharted Territory and Virtual Space- Resources without a known geographical connection. Includes the World Wide Web ) - Web source by Dr. Martha Eddy for connecting organizations and individuals who engage in PEACE-MAKING through the Embodied Arts, Movement, and Body Awareness. - Online art & science collaborations.
– Online environmental art museum. - Interdisciplinary explorations of the performance of motion.