Plant Buoy is an edible landscape and ecological design company focusED on regenerating landscapes while providing CLients with nutrient RICH food and medicine . We offer education, Design, COnsulting, Installation services AND maintenance packages, as well as plant sales from our edible/Medicinal plant nursery.
OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE A NATURAL SPACE THAT CAN BE BOUNTIFUL FOR YOU, AND RESTORATIVE FOR OUR SHARED PLANET EARTH.
Who is Plant Buoy?
Owner/operator Matt Gravel is a Victoria-based permaculturalist with a passion for sustainable and living systems. After 10 years of property maintenance and landscaping, he became tired of the destructive practices FREQUENTLY used in urban environments. MATT RECOGNIZED AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN, COLLABORATE AND CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL PRACTICES - AND PLANT BUOY WAS BORN.
A GRADUATE OF PERMACULTURE DESIGN (LANGARA COLLEGE) AND ADVANCED PERMACULTURE DESIGN (BULLOCK'S PERMACULTURE HOMESTEAD), MATT CONTINUES TO BLEND WORK AND EDUCATION IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE TO HIS CLIENTS.
THE ETHOS OF PLANT BUOY CAN BE SUMMED UP IN THREE WORDS - LIFE, PRESERVATION, PLANTS. WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO MANAGE PLANT SYSTEMS THAT ENABLE REGENERATION OF URBAN LANDSCAPES WHILE PROVIDING NATURAL, PLANT BASED FOODS AND MEDICINE.
What is Ecological Landscape Design?
Ecological Landscape Design (ELD) is a thoughtful, holistic design approach that aligns with the patterns of nature to promote plant communities and a robust ecosystem. We use permaculture design principles paired with in-depth site analysis to create useful outdoor spaces that are self sustaining and productive. The settings we craft are lower maintenance then conventional landscapes, such as lawns; and rely less on scarce natural resources and consumer products.
ELD controls pests, diseases and "weeds" by promoting the complexity of bio-diversity and providing habitat for beneficial insects and predators. Fertility needs are met by building soil and mulching with plant materials on site, cycling nutrients and compost teas/extracts. These practices encourage growth which is resilient to a changing climate, sequesters carbon and provides the harvester with safe, nutrient dense plants for food and medicine.
The evidence of a rapidly changing natural world is constant. Heat waves and unpredictable weather patterns are becoming the norm; and humans continue to consume, cause damage and ignore evidence - all while having globally limited access to safe, clean food and water.
We can change this destructive cycle and our way of inhabiting the planet. We can work within the patterns of nature to preserve our own habitat, and reinvigorate the natural world around us. Creative solutions to ensure green space within our cities, and a movement towards more regenerative food systems are two integral aspects for a secure future. To ensure a better tomorrow, we must work today to invest in our environment.
Promote diversity, build community and share abundance.