WISC: a permaculture community
Waldo Intentional Sustainable Community exemplifies the very core of permaculture ethics and principles: CONNECTION and RELATIONSHIP. With the core concepts of Community, Ecology and Resources, WISC patterns itself to mimic natural systems, harmoniously integrating humans, nature, recreation, cultivated ecosystems, wildlife, and spiritual connection.
An Interactive Community Space:
Dense clustered, eco-friendly housing, edible landscapes, resource cooperatives (shared tools, laundromat, cars, trucks, tractors, etc.), community gardens and gathering spaces demonstrate a conscious commitment to a holistic quality of life. Healthy, energy efficient buildings, include multi-use, multi-family (intergenerational) and low-income units, which commit people to “care for the earth and care for people,” exemplifying the first two permaculture ethics. Sharing resources, the third permaculture ethic, manifests through cooperatives and conscious financing, which gives people the freedom to explore themselves and community, without the burden of conventional societal pressures.
An Innovative Ecological Place:
Ecology and ecosystems provide the genius behind permaculture design. The innovative framework behind WISC integrates ecosystem dynamics into all aspects of village life; from consciously sourced building materials to regenerative agriculture, from low impact eco-friendly recreation to wildlife corridors, from passive solar design to constructed wetlands. Ecology is the thread that weaves the story and connection to place, making the community function as a whole ecosystem thereby enhancing efficiency, productivity, security and resiliency.
A Responsible Resource Place:
Natural Resources are sacred to a community like WISC. Therefore, responsible and innovative use of resources are of utmost importance.
Constructed wetlands that reuse waste to enhance overall ecosystem function close the waste stream loop, while demonstrating appropriate technology.
Composting household and farm waste to create biologically active soil will close the waste loop that will create abundance nutrient dense food.
Creatively utilizing existing forest using low grade forestry and planned grazing where timber is of low quality and value. Utilization of “invasive species” in a planned browsing system using wool goats effectively manages undesirable vegetation and fosters a creative land management that demonstrates a regenerative land management ethos.