Michael Wedgley is creating the designs for both of the pilot sites at Hampton Bay HOA, and will be working with the HOA’s landscaping company to coordinate the installation of the designs. Michael will also build the soil biology of the sites to create healthier, more lush environments in which the plants can thrive.

Michael is a Bay Area native and a Permaculture Designer who specializes in edible and native landscapes, as well as applied microbiology for the elimination of pesticides and fertilizers. He is a certified Soil Foodweb Lab Technician assessing the microbiome of soils to help growers and gardeners understand the biological needs of their soil, and operates under the business name Soilogical BioSolutions and Designs.

He also is the founder of the nonprofit organization Transformative Soil and Landscapes, which operates primarily in Contra Costa County and organizes the community around installing regenerative food forests in people’s yards and in community gardens. His love for nature and food are often brought together in residential homes to help people design their landscapes into foodscapes that provide the best quality food available while integrating rainwater catchment, aesthetics, nature, and biology.

The photos in the slideshow below reflect how Michael’s design work and focus on healthy soil can create a thriving ecosystem in a garden design that attracts and celebrates pollinators. (Photos of this garden in Martinez provided courtesy of Gina Casey of GMC Photography and Video)