Why We Grow

We grow to feed our family

We began changing the way we eat after our first two kids developed severe food allergies. We soon discovered that the most nutrient-dense, most organic, tastiest fruits and veggies were the ones we could grow ourselves.

6 years and many mistakes later, we manage to supplement 25% of our food from growing in our small townhouse. We currently grow 235 lbs/year on 1/40th of an acre!  If we can do it, you can too!

We grow to change the world

Permaculture designer, Geoff Lawton likes to say, “All the problems of the world can be solved in a garden.”

We’ve found this to be true time and again as we build a community of growers online through our GIY program and offline through the after school club we run called, “Sprouts.”

We were once banned by our HOA from growing in our front yard. We’ve made some heading in our neighborhood as well and we tell that story HERE.

We grow for spiritual reasons

Every garden for us is an opportunity to find God and an opportunity to restore Paradise.

“More in a garden grows, than the gardener knows.”  – Anonymous

“Gardening symbolizes our race’s primordial acceptance of a responsibility and role in rectifying the harm done to the creation through sin.” – Vigen Guiroian

We grow to be happy

We are a very positive family and we love helping other families grow because it makes us happy.

We celebrate YOU landing on our website!  Yay!  You found us!

Now we can’t wait to meet you online or in person. So sign-up for our newsletter below and tell us more about why you grow.

About Permaculture

Permaculture used to be a word coined from “permanent agriculture.” It has come to mean much more than that.

For us it means thoughtful and holistic design based on observations of the natural world in order to bring about sustainable & abundant living. Whew! What a mouthful.

It’s much easier and much more fun to describe permaculture in a webinar. We give you lots of those throughout the year, but start with this one, HERE.

Nicky & Dave’s Bio

  • Nicky and Dave Schauder are passionate about helping suburban families grow their own food.

    They run Permaculture Gardens at, a website filled with garden resources such as “Grow-It-Yourself/GIY” – a monthly guided garden program to help you grow abundantly.

    Nicky learned permaculture from Wayne Weiseman. Dave studied under Geoff Lawton. Both esteemed students of the “Father of Permaculture,” Bill Mollison.


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    We won the DC Green Festival Most Innovative Brand Award in 2017

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    We’ve been featured in Huffington Post and Loudoun Times Mirror.

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    We are members of the Green Business Network.