Glossary of Terms
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Annual Plant – a plant whose life cycle, from seed germination to growth and decline, last for one year or less.
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MycoRestoration – a set of techniques developed by Paul Stamets, author and owner of Fungi Perfecti that use fungi and mushrooms for a variety of ecologically restorative applications.
Natural Building – natural buildings emphasize the use of unprocessed, locally available materials to create structures with regenerative impacts on land and people. There is usually some degree of hybridization with conventional (often recycled) materials needed for roofs, electric and plumping etc.
Permaculture – a term coined by Bill Mollison and Dave Holmgren representing a conjunction of Permanent and Agriculture, later being expanded to Permanent Culture. Permaculture is a design methodology based on ecological principles and ethics that is being applied to diverse situations to create solutions and strategies for addressing the challenges faced by humanity (and the earth) with a long term, whole-systems approach.
Perennial Plant – a plant whose life cycle last for 2 or more years.
Polyculture – growing more than one species of plant together; a diverse assemblage of organisms grow together for the mutual benefits provided
Regenerative Design – method of design that goes beyond sustainability in seeking to develop strategies and solutions that create more abundance than used in the process.
Regenerative Landscaping – using landscape design and management to actively build up the ecological capacity of the land.
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Swale – a trench dug along the contour of a piece of land used to slow down stormwater runoff and increase diversity of planting microclimates. Click here to see examples.
Watershed – a geographic area that drains to a common point, such as a valley in the mountains or the surrounding lands of San Francisco Bay