"Begin and the impossible will become possible."
- Thomas Carlyle
Inside Edge Design, LLC (IED, LLC) is a collaboration and exchange of skill sets between Jessica Peterson and Caroline Wallace, based in Helena, Montana. Jessica and Caroline met in Montana and joined forces in 2012 to bring clients a unique pairing: a socioeconomic and community engagement focus with a whole systems design approach to landscape design, group facilitation, and strategic planning.
People and Landscape - Function and Beauty - Responsibility and Vision -
Psychology and Nature - Resources and Community
Psychology and Nature - Resources and Community
Jessica Peterson grew up in a natural setting within an urban environment. Her parents lived communally with family and friends in the early years and shared a large corner garden in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She remembers vividly an “earthworm immersion” class her mother taught the kids on summer evenings, getting used to handling them gently while learning of all the good those squiggly, slimy seeming things brought to the garden, the butterflies, ladybugs, and birds, and to the humans’ plates and tummies. Twenty-five years later, Jesse now lives and works as an independent consultant in Helena, Montana. She holds an MA in Social Economics with an emphasis in Population, Poverty, and Social Development. She has a BA in Psychology. She applies the knowledge from social economic and development theories, along with personal work and life experience (like serving in the Peace Corps in Madagascar), to choose the projects and the organizations to work with in her community. She uses whole systems approaches, including permaculture design and applies them toward social and environmental justice and bio-regional food sustainability. She includes lobbying, facilitation, visioning and strategic planning as features of her community work. Jesse began her study and practice of permaculture design in 2007. She received her Permaculture Design Certification under Michael (Skeeter) Pilarski and studied advanced large-scale earth works and the establishment of sustainable water bodies in dry climates with Sepp Holzer. In Fall of 2012 she worked with a team to install a Dave Jacke designed Edible Forest Garden at The Farm School in Tennessee. She continues to develop practical skills in permaculture design and installation specific to our Western Bio-region. She and Caroline designed and developed the 6th Ward Garden Park in Helena, Montana, working with Dave Jacke (Edible Forest Gardens), the first public food forest in Montana. She received a 2nd permaculture certification, with a focus on farm scale regenerative agriculture systems, from Peter Allen, Mark Shepard, Lindsey Rehban, and Grant Schultz. She supported and was an assistant teacher to Dave Jacke's 9-Day Edible Forest Design Intensive Course, and co-organized and co-taught a Montana Practical PDC with Kareen Erbe (Broken Ground, Bozeman) and Penny Livingston-Stark. She has an Urban Homestead and business called Wild Willow Wellness and out of this operates a Community Supported Apothecary and provides Massage Therapy.
Caroline Wallace was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural Southwestern Virginia, exploring many acres on the old farm landscape that her parents slowly nurtured back to a productive homestead. After obtaining a degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2010, she moved to Montana as an AmeriCorps VISTA to work with the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) in Helena. Her work as a community organizer and volunteer fostered many community connections. Until October 2014 she held the position of Food and Agriculture Program Manager with AERO, in addition to design and consulting work. Her skills include site analysis and mapping, graphic design, communications, and community design facilitation (experience in which she gained at the Community Design Assistance Center in Blacksburg, Virginia), in addition to permaculture and landscape design and planning. Caroline received her permaculture design certification in 2013 under Michael Pilarski. She is most passionate about designing beautiful, edible, and resource-wise outdoor living and production spaces and permaculture as an ecological and social design framework. Caroline has a deep-rooted belief in the value of community, collaboration, and a pressing need for communities to be more self-reliant.
Hear Caroline and Jessica interviewed by Scott Mann for the Permaculture Podcast. We discuss working with Dave Jacke's social and ecological design frameworks as well as organizing social systems to create happier, more sustainable projects, where mutually beneficial relationships are formed.