“Slow it. Flow it. Grow it,” is our motto, and PermaDesign works with clients to do just that. “We explore ways to slow runoff, flow it toward plants and as Downey says, “grow that same water straight up through branches and into the world as fruit.” This “fruit,” of course, can be an edible fruit or some form of metaphorical fruit, “like beauty, shade, wind protection, noise abatement, or a view screen, or even something more tangible, like firewood” Downey continues. But more than likely, the “fruit” is food for some beneficial creature capable of significantly increasing a neighborhood’s biodiversity over time.