Yard Evolved was developed in 2021 as a response to local, regional, national, and global crises.
From global warming, to biodiversity loss, to pollution.
Our problems are very real and very serious.
But there are solutions that WILL work.
We just need to GET STARTED. NOW!
Experts, scientists, organizations, professionals, educators . . .
all agree on the solutions that will create real change:
We need to plant trees, shrubs and perennials.
We need to cut the amount of lawn in half.
We need to catch, slow, sink, and store rainwater.
We need to plant native plants instead of non-native plants.
We need to support wildlife, from soil microbes to insects to birds to mammals.
We need to provide dense, diverse, connected natural habitat.
ALL of these solutions can begin in our urban and suburban yards.
We need to change.
We need to evolve.
Yard Evolved is here to help homeowners get started.
To make an immediate impact.
To begin the process of yard evolution.
Steven Wilder holds a Permaculture Design Certificate ("PDC") from Oregon State University (March 2022) and is a member of the Ecological Landscaping Alliance. He has been engaged in horticulture and the natural world since his early youth. What began as playing outdoors in nature and working in his father's startup landscaping nursery has now developed into his personal mission to make a difference for nature and humanity. He has been practicing permaculture principles on his rural property in Amherst County, Virginia, since 2018, developing practices and plant stock in preparation for the 2022 launch of Yard Evolved. His mission is to provide homeowners with an easy, affordable entry into yard evolution. A way for us ALL to take part in saving the planet.
Yard Evolved stewards a 5.1 acre rural site in Amherst County, VA. Acquired in 2013, the original site consisted of old mowed pasture and mature hardwood forest. Over time the old pasture has been converted to multiple permaculture practice areas. Each area focuses on different key permaculture elements including rewilding, erosion control, rainwater harvesting, soil development and health, native plants, invasive plant control, weed control, deer protection strategies, food forests, production gardens, cover cropping, animal care, rain gardens, hugelkultur, composting, agroforestry, permaculture plant propagation, and much more. The Permaculture Design Site is a living laboratory where experiment, practice, production, and demonstration are a way of life for the benefit of all.