Cultivating Great Places.
Conservation, Resiliency Planning, Urban and Community Design
Cultivate offers a fully-integrated design and planning process, from project visioning through implementation. We push our clients to think long-term, to consider the legacy they are creating and to understand how today's decisions affect future generations. We work to create environments where people and nature can thrive… together.
We are a conservation planning and community design practice specializing in innovative conservation and development approaches. This includes looking holistically at land stewardship and helping to design our environments to be responsive to the context. This means crafting community designs, land use policies, and development approaches that support the health and resiliency of our natural systems. We work for landowners, developers, non-profits, and municipalities. We are interested in recognizing and preserving the unique and priceless aspects about a place while charting a balanced and resilient future.
Conservation means development as much as it does protection.
2018 Geela Award honor
In 2018, The Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan - Investing in our Working Lands for Regional Resilience was selected by The Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) program in the Ecosystem Land Use Stewardship category. Cultivate was the prime planning consultant to The County of Santa Clara & Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) for the preparation of this innovative plan to preserve and catalyze agricultural in the Valley. The GEELA is the highest and most prestigious environmental honor recognizing individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in conserving California's resources. More on the project here.
"As a planner, I personally have a lot of respect for the direction that Amie is taking with Cultivate. She is moving the thought process for development in a new direction, beyond traditional cookie cutter projects of the 1960's & 70's, which in many cases still exist today. She considers land conservation, cluster housing techniques, and the future "livability" of the community in the overall design. In today's environment, a responsible planner should consider sustainable use of resources, such as water and energy use efficiency. Amie and her team do this when they design a project."
"Amie so gets the place and the landscape. In addition to her big picture perspective, Amie can take a deep dive into the details, meticulously working through locations of roadways, lots, rain gardens, and view corridors. She solves grading challenges and understands the importance of minimizing cuts and fills and, hence, impacts to the land. She also appreciates the more subtle natural characteristics of a place, such as the beautiful hues of the willows during the fall. All of this helps inform how development should occur to achieve the special place we are looking to create long term."
"Over the years, Amie and her team at Cultivate have assisted me and my clients in meeting our goals for project approvals and development. Amie is very organized, highly responsive and a good listener. She is also a great collaborator and knows how to develop creative solutions. She interacts well with clients, agency staff, and the public, whether supporters or opponents, in a calm and effective way. That adds significant value to our work"
we believe in creating environments where...
We connect to nature for recreation, gathering, retreat and reflection
We ensure protection of sensitive and culturally important resources
We find aesthetic, private sanctuaries that provide peace and quiet
We grow our food and reconnect to our shared legacy of cultivating the land
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Cultivate was founded to help change the way people think about improving and managing land. We are a California State Certified Small Business (SB) as well as a Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).