Permaculture Orchard


PermaCulture Orchard, Hays Recreational Area/Taylor Park, Wilkinsburg, PA, 2012

While exploring Wilkinsburg to locate potential empty lots for EcoArt installations, a discussion ensued with Lazae LaSpina about planting the seeds of an idea for larger bioswales and grazing food gardens. The idea grew and evolved into a collaborative team project that became the creation of a sustainable food forest and rain gardens in Wilkinsburg. Sited on the public park property maintained for the borough by the Second United Presbyterian Church, that has a twenty-five year history of a neighborhood food pantry, we enticed the International Fruit Tree Planting Foundation plus Pittsburgh Permaculture to design and implement what is believed to be the first permaculture-style orchard serving food pantries on the east coast. The orchard consists of a variety of 25 fruit trees planted with an additional selection of fruiting berries, vines, herbs and perennial edibles. The practice of permaculture involves holistic, multi-layered designs to mimic natural ecosystems, often employing closely-knit plantings that complement each other’s growth and health. Each organization donated resources and expertise; contributed a unique set of skills, including fruit tree planting experience, permaculture design, ecoart installation, and water harvesting systems to ensure that the orchards will provide fresh, organic produce for decades.


Other Projects

Public Art

  1. Living Waters of Larimer, 2012-2016
  2. Permaculture Orchard, 2011
  3. One Mile Garden, 2008—present
  4. WeGrow, 2004-2006
  5. Listen to the South Side, 2000-2004
  6. Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, 1996-2000
  7. Urban Semi-Wilderness Area, 1994-1998
  8. Barletta’s News, 1994
  9. Commemorative Monument to Native Americans, 1993
  10. Water Rites: A Domestic Arrangement, 1991
  11. Monument to the Fall of the Television Evangelists, 1988


  1. Still Life #9
  2. The NEW R5 Travel Agency, 2008
  3. Following in My Father’s Footsteps, 2003
  4. An Island For 2 Axe Heads, A String..., 1996
  5. Eco-Mobile Home/Office Entertainment System, 1993
  6. The Persian Gulf Bowl, 1992
  7. As We Turn with the World, 1991
  8. It’s Always Greener on the Greener side, OR..., 1990
  9. The Pantheozone: Temple To The Ozone, 1989


  1. Google Earth Camouflage, A Revision Request, An Ecoart..., 2008
  2. One Tree EcoArt Proposal, 2007
  3. Greening the Andy Warhol Museum: It’s for the..., 2007
  4. 3 Sisters Garden, 2003
  5. Ecotone: A Public Art Proposal for the David..., 2002
  6. Greening Purnell: Site-Specific Sculpture Proposal to Integrate Nature..., 2000