Impact Areas 

We believe long-term sustainability is possible only if value is added in the domains of ecological, social, infrastructure, and economic systems as a dynamic whole. Our projects are vehicles to adding value across these domains through 3 impact areas:

  • whole economics

  • foundation of food

  • stories of sustainability

whole economics

What if we look beyond financial capital as the primary currency of value? As Terra Curators, each project activates flows of  ‘other assets’ through setting up beneficial connections and cycles among all forms of capital. Learn more about Regenerative Enterprise from Ethan Roland's work - Eight Forms of Capital.

illustration by Eva Leung /Adam Davenport

foundation of food

Our food system is a key lever that bonds three big divides - our relationship with nature, community, and self. Inevitably, many projects have a focus on agriculture - addressing soil regeneration, sustainable growing practices, food access and sovereignty. We embrace principles and strategies of the Permaculture movement, promoting the ethics of land care, people care, and fair share.  

illustration by Eva Leung /

stories of sustainability

Every project begins with uncovering the potential of its place. Each design holds a unique set of complex, inter-dependent relationships. We incorporate authentic story-telling as a powerful tool to understand these systems and inspire will. By capturing the spirit and process in a lively manner, each story serves as an open resource for civic education. Designers and community developers can also learn about the potential of the emerging discipline of regenerative development. See sample story for an urban food forest project.

A collaboration between Terra Cura, Somerville Media Center, independent artist Stuart Roelke, funded by City of Somerville Community Preservation Act grant, this is an educational video outlining our regenerative development process for the redesign of Somerville Community Growing Center, a 1/4 acre urban oasis near Union Square, Somerville Massachusetts, created 20 years ago for environmental education, community gatherings, and cultural performances. 

learn how we integrate impact areas : mission & APPROACH