The Oak Tree Designs ‘Statement of Purpose’ is…
“To assist in the development of culturally and ecologically regenerative agricultural systems which embody and express efficiency, resilience, abundance and beauty.”
“Regrarian, a portmanteau of ‘Regenerative and Agrarian’, is a term first coined by Darren J. Doherty in 2013 to describe those who are actively undertaking the serious & timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rehabilitating, rekindling (etc.!) & rebooting production landscapes across this planet”
Whatever the size, needs or particular context of the projects we are working on at any given time, our ultimate goals at Oak Tree Designs remain broad and long term.
For years our main motivation in the study of Regrarian subjects was the vision of Human culture achieving it’s greatest potential with and within an ecosystem at full expression. Human settlements of the future where broad food production systems are not only further implemented but already thoroughly established. A world where not only has once degraded land been regenerated back to states of robust health but one where it has been done so with the needs of Humanity in mind. Imagine a village, a town, a city where for generations it’s inhabitants had been diligently cultivating woodlands of species they knew to be of great benefit. All spare space within the thoughtfully retrofitted metropolis and entire countrysides surrounding have been planted to a rich, mixed, multi-tiered woodland designed for the particulars of local conditions, each species therein a familiar plant ally chosen for one or many valuable and well utilized characteristics… it’s fruit as food, it’s leaves as medicine, bark for tanning, roots for dye, fibre for cordage, fodder for stock, timber with which to build… From the tallest trees to the most ephemeral, herbaceous ground covers, the whole environment a home for fully and semi-domesticated animals long free from the torturous constraints of batteries and pens, each also bringing their own particular functions and effects to the melange of phenomena. A thriving ‘cultivated wilderness’ fostered into health from it’s earliest successional stages through careful design, taking all relevant variables into detailed account: water catchment, road and building design, species selection, appropriate and renewable energy systems and so on… It’s in a world like this where there are literally acres of Human Supportive Woodland per capita that our food security may be largely met by a walk through the woods… Local, organic, nutrient rich, health inducing even by default, these are the visions that keep us at Oak Tree Designs excited, inspired and hopeful. Visions of a Humanity in tandem with Natural Function. Humanity AS Natural Function.
© Oak Tree Designs 2014