Edible Ecotones

Designing Permaculture Gardens, Lawns, and Living Spaces

Environmental Ethics and Work Principles

Environmental Ethics

These Principles guide Edible Ecotones' design and management practices:

  • Primum non nocere. "First, do no harm." In accordance with the more stringent precautionary principle, we will not take a step that seems like it might cause harm to the site or someone on it (including future likely inhabitants), without first assuring that this threat does not, in fact, exist.
  • "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise" (from "The Land Ethic," in A Sand County Almanac). This one speaks for itself.
  • Treatments won't impair or disturb the habitat requirements of locally or listed endangered or threatened species.
  • Treatments will meet Streamside Management Zone standards and adhere to Best Management Practices for protection of riparian areas.

Business Principles

  • Edible Ecotones works with clients to gain a clear and written understanding of their stewardship objectives and manages for those objectives.
  • Reports, recommendations, and communications are written in clear, straightforward language.
  • Reports, recommendations, and communications will reflect consideration of all resource values in an attempt to maximize value for clients within identified ethical boundaries.
  • If Edible Ecotones finds ethical issues with a client's objectives, an attempt at reconciliation will be made. If these issues cannot be reconciled, our decision will be stated in written notification to the client.
  • Likewise, if Edible Ecotones finds ethical issues with an operator's work, an attempt at reconciliation will be made. If these issues cannot be reconciled, our decision will be stated in written notification to the client and operator.
  • Invoices are clearly explained and billable time is clearly documented to the quarter-hour.

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