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A national magazine, Garden Center, ran a great story about SymbiOp!

SymbiOp arose from a one-person landscaping company with more clients than it could handle when COVID-19 hit. Expansion dreams weren’t new, but the timeline was. As the co-founders watched friends lose jobs during the pandemic, informal talks became business plans. And with that, SymbiOp, a worker-owned ecological landscaping cooperative focused on regenerative practices, was born. …

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SymbiOp got covered by The Oregonian, the largest newspaper in Oregon!

Sustainable, organic farming has been the standard practice of nature-conscious gardeners for decades. But there’s a new/old approach to landscaping and gardening in town, and it has a just-opened home on Powell Boulevard in Southeast Portland. Regenerative ecological gardening, which takes the sustainable mantra of “do no harm” and advances it to “do no harm …

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Indigenous Friday Fundraiser for NAYA Instead of Black Friday on Nov 26, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. Ditch Black Friday and join SymbiOp Garden Shop, a worker-owned ecological garden shop, to fundraise for the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) on Nov 26. 10% of the total sales will be donated to NAYA. SymbiOp is the largest eco gift shop and eco plant shop in …

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Beyond Sustainability, Beyond Organic – Why We Prefer Regenerative Ecological Design Over Sustainable Design at SymbiOp

Over the past few decades, you probably have heard a lot about “sustainable system design” or just “sustainable design”. You’ve heard people designing sustainable gardens, designing sustainable communities, sustainable businesses, maybe even designing larger sustainable systems like cities, agriculture, and economy. On the other hand, you probably haven’t heard much about regenerative design. Or maybe …

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Pre-2020 Showcase #5: Edible Cul-de-sac Islands with an Herb Spiral

This project was for a newly-wed couple with a baby on the way. They were tired of the cookie cutter landscape that are often in new housing developments. Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, the landscape features a unique herb spiral bursting out the seams with perennial vegetables, berries, and beneficial plants and habitat for insects, …

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Pre-2020 Showcase #4: Edible Herbal Front Yard with a Raspberry Arbor Fence

This was a native front yard renovation for a client who was an herbalist and had a young family. It required a deep weeding of invasive Italian Arum and blackberries, sheet mulching, and planting of native woodland species. There are edible and medicinal species for their family to use as well as a pathway made …

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