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Features


 
 

Articles about PermaDesign, Nate Downey, and Melissa McDonald.


November 2017

Albuquerque Journal — Short tunnel, long wait

“No water that falls on the site, leaves the site,” said Melissa McDonald, the city’s watershed coordinator.
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March 2017

Albuquerque Journal — ‘Induced meandering’ underway in Arroyo Chamisos

The money will be used for “long-term stormwater management and planning,” said Melissa McDonald, the city’s river and watershed coordinator.
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January 2017

The Santa Fe New Mexican — Mayor defends ‘sanctuary’ status as city gets EPA grant

The money will be used for “long-term stormwater management and planning,” said Melissa McDonald, the city’s river and watershed coordinator.
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April 2016

The Santa Fe New Mexican — Let's get into gardening!

Nate Downey's Harvest the Rain is an excellent handbook to help make sure your landscape plants are nourished by rainwater, always preferable to tap water.
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January 2016

Santa Fe Reporter — Fowl play

“[It is] an infringement on our personal freedoms to have people like that ruling the roost.” (Pun clearly intended.)
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November 2015

Sunset Magazine — El Niño prep: Harvest rain from your roof

“My thought has always been, How can we turn that erosion problem into a rainwater-harvesting solution?”
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April 2015

Sunset Magazine — Roofs can solve our water problem.

No matter where you live in the West, there's a rainy season.
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July 2014

New Mexico Magazine — Growing Pains, Solved

Put a spade into soil, add some compost, sprinkle with water, and you might even coax red, yellow, pink, and purple from trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers, and succulents.
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July 2013

Edible Santa Fe — Chicken Wars.

"It's in our genetic code to live with animals"
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April 2013

New Mexico Magazine — The Lush Life

“The basic ingredients of all of our projects are beauty, ecology, and comfort,” says McDonald.
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August 2011

Sunset Magazine — SAVE YOUR RAIN

It's an approachable primer that teaches you easy water to collect and save rain.
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July 2011

Santa Fe Reporter — BEST of Santa Fe 2011

2nd Best Locally Authored Book of the Year
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July 2011

Boulder Weekly — Harvest the rain: Know what’s legal

So says author Nate Downey, owner of a Santa Fe landscape design firm who writes on permaculture for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.
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April 2011

The Santa Fe New Mexican — Landscaper hopes book will help rain harvesting take root

More than anything, Downey hopes people discover that "harvesting the rain is fun."
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April 2010

The Santa Fe New Mexican — Garden Fair to incorporate more expert tips, sales

The final talks at 2:30 p.m. will feature Tropic of Capricorn's Michael Clark discussing herb gardening and Nate Downey of Santa Fe Permaculture with tips on saving the world and enlivening gardens with rainwater and wastewater.
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December 2009

Su Casa — first things first

Why not take advantage of the huge array of gorgeous plants that actually want to live here?
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June 2009

Santa Fean — RIGHT AS RAIN

The husband-and-wife team are part of the reason Santa Fe has become a national hub for the water-harvesting movement.
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September 2007

The Santa Fe New Mexican — Don Gaspar Avenue: Bike lane wins parking committee backing

"It's a political nightmare to be against this thing," Downey said.
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August 2007

Sunset Magazine — Butterfly canyon

Multitiered raised beds and house walls protect the courtyard from breezes.
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May 2007

Santa Fean — designer's notebook

Xeric plants don't have to be bland.
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September 2005

Sunset Magazine — Slightly Wild

Imagine a Meadow — Flowers form a visual bridge from meadow to front door
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July 2005

Su Casa Magazine — take the plunge

Water is clearly more essential than gold .
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June 2005

Sunset Magazine — Barefoot Patio

For the grass seams, Downey has found that 6 to 8 inches is the ideal spacing between the stones.
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September 2004

Sunset Magazine — Harvest the Rain

Harvest the rain — A simple collection system helps the garden thrive
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August 2003

Trend Magazine — Minutes to Midnight at the Oasis

How Santa Feans are Getting Water-wise Before It's Too Late.
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June 2002

Santa Fe Reporter — WASTE NOT

Nate Downey, one of PDI's instructors and co-owner of Santa Fe Permaculture, says he became interested in permaculture after working with a group focused on sustainable communities.
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