CULTIVATING

WORKING LANDSCAPES

The ongoing pursuit of knowledge to support evolving technologies and strategies for building in the 21st century is a passion of ours. Cultivate partners with clients, non-profits and municipalities to conduct research that leads to innovative planning solutions and policies.

Cultivating Ideas

 

COYOTE AGRICULTURAL FEASIBILITY STUDY: SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Working with Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) , Cultivate was  the project manager for the preparation of a comprehensive feasibility study called "Sustaining Agriculture and Conservation in the Coyote Valley". This collaborative effort envisions a multi-faceted system to create a permanent agricultural resource area with the 7,000 acre valley near San Jose.

What inspires us...

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Below is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.

Thomas Rainer’s work is a revelation: It turns out that plants are social, and have a body language that explains what they need.

This pilot project in the Pajaro Valley where they are paying farmers for groundwater recharge inspires us. Just as households with solar panels get credit for selling power back to the grid, landowners can offset their water bills by pushing water underground. With winter rains filling California’s reservoirs, the rush to capture some of that bounty before it gets to the sea is ON. “You can’t buy any more land and put more infiltration basins in,” Helen Dahlke, a hydrologist at UC Davis says, “the agricultural landscape is really the natural place to do this.”

We continue to be stirred by Seth Godin’s blog which is based on the notion of “Make Something Happen.” His book, What to do when it’s your turn, is a book about helping people “do work that matters.” We particularly like his piece titled “Toward Civilization.” We should never forget to speak up, care a little more and "say, 'wait,' when they cross the line, when they pursue profit at the cost of community, when they throw out the rules in search of a brawl instead” because “…the race to the bottom and the urge to win at all costs aren't new, but they're not part of who we are and ought to be.”

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Cultivate was founded to help change the way people think about improving and managing land. 
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