Ammonoosuc River Neighborhood: Permaculture on Saranac Street


Permaculture Design Workshop

Location: Saranac Street Neighborhood & Tannery, Littleton, NH
Dates: May 2, 2014 – May 5, 2014
Instructors: Lauren Chase-Rowell & Steve Whitman
Hosted & Organized By: Stacey Doll, Rooted by Stacey, LLC

During this multi-day permaculture design workshop, professional planners, engineers, landscape architects, educators and other professionals blended their skills, interest, and enthusiasm for permaculture and ecological design solutions with the goals of the neighborhood property owners, tenants, and the greater community to create a redevelopment plan for the Saranac Street Neighborhood in Littleton, NH.

This redevelopment plan is part of an overall plan already underway to revitalize the River District in Littleton. The workshop supported those efforts and the community’s goals to create an ecologically designed concept plan for redevelopment of this portion of the River District.

After engaging in a detailed site analysis, participants identified regenerative solutions to address present issues with storm water, energy consumption and generation, urban biodiversity, and habitat loss. The lack of outdoor community gathering spaces and recreational opportunities, which are strong requests from community members, were addressed. Innovative projects for capturing and storing energy, valuing natural resources, integrating uses, and stacking the many functions of this land, were also taken into consideration.

This design plan is a product of the collaboration between the community and the professionals participating in the Permaculture Design Workshop.


  • Goals articulation
  • Teams assigned to the following categories:
    • Access and circulation & Sense of Place
    • Buildings & infrastructure and Legal & Zoning
    • Water, soils and landforms
    • Vegetation & Wildlife
  • A&A Summary (Analysis and assessment)
  • Design Focus Areas assigned
  • Full Conceptual Design of the Neighborhood
  • Patch Designs & Perspective Drawings
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