While the retaining wall itself is pretty standard (not exactly a funky alternative permaculture design), it’s a basic necessity for the integrity of the cottage, and the fact that it used a surplus material made it relatively low-impact. Both the element of necessity and the focus on a space that would be inhabited by interns to come made it a gratifying project to work on. It was nice to work with a more diverse group of people outside of the daily garden crew, each bringing valuable experience and input. I’m looking forward to completing the project, and seeing it in its finished state.
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