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ECOSF Design
Design and Build

ECOSF serves the community as a design/build collective, with a special emphasis on community education, working with schools, residences and open spaces in San Francisco. We use Permaculture principles to design, plant, and cultivate bountiful food bearing and native habitat gardens to transform schoolyards and other outdoor areas into ecological, experiential learning spaces. These spaces are enhanced with cob benches, earth ovens, and outdoor classrooms - built with the help of volunteers and students - using locally sourced, natural, recycled, and reused materials like clay, sand, straw, wood and stone to promote ecological design and appropriate technology.


Our projects blend elements of urban agriculture, native habitat restoration, ethno-botanical cultivation, natural building and appropriate technology with the unifying core ethic of care for the earth, care for the people, and giving back as much as we can of what we take from the land. Any space can be enhanced with the best ecological practices while creating a beautiful, functional, peaceful and regenerative environment to live in and interact with. Our process is to transform a space while we help the people who will use that space to understand the ecological potential of that space, and to appreciate the impact it has when we actively participate in the natural world around us. Our motto is: changing the world one garden a time!


A typical project, including design and labor time, can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on the depth and scope of the project. For example, a small garden with a few raised vegetable beds, a couple fruit trees, some native habitat plants and a drip irrigation system might cost $500-$1000, while a large cob bench and outdoor kitchen might be worth $5,000-$10,000. As a community supported educational organization ECOSF depends on this income from design/build consultation services as a vital flow in our diverse funding stream and it allows us to take on community projects for less than cost, or nothing at all, and that is why we do what we do.


Visit our gallery to see more of our work and feel free to contact us with any questions or to set up a site visit.