Welcome to Community Soil

Community Soil is a family-owned business based in Santa Rosa, California. We offer consultation, design, installation, and maintenance of edible-restorative landscapes and farmsteads throughout Sonoma County and beyond.  Our holistic approach called Permaculture, utilizes ecosystems as a model for design to ensure low impact, low input, and abundantly beneficial outcomes at urban, suburban, and rural scales. We pride ourselves on the abundance of Sonoma County and whenever possible, source our work materials and services locally. In addition, we act as a community liaison by offering outreach programs and educational consultations that inform people about local activities and resources that support ecological sustainability, resiliency, and regeneration.



An initial consultation is free of charge to all new local clients. Let's see what's possible! Schedule one today!


We offer custom design for landscapes large and small that mimic nature to achieve the greatest overall outcome.


Our experienced team has a diverse skillset that allows us to install multi-faceted designs with efficiency and accuracy.


After a design is installed, we offer a flexible maintence schedule to accomodate our client's needs.


A Whole Systems Approach

It is essential to think and work in whole systems to be successful, especially in the long term. We look to the natural world and it's elegantly constructed ecosystems as model for design. This design methodology is known as Permaculture. Learn More

What you can expect from us!

  • Licensed & Bonded
  • Personalized & Custom Design
  • Modular Implementation Packages
  • Affordable
  • Professional & Friendly
1906 Farm House - A Legacy Landscape
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Habitat Enhancements
Highwater Orchard - A Legacy Landscape
Guilded Mixed Fruit Orchard
Cider Orchard Restoration
Biodiversity Orchard & Pond - A Legacy Landscape
Barefoot Garden
Vinyard Terraces

Meet Our Team

Paolo Tantarelli Owner/Operator


Paolo has worked with some of the top gardeners and builders in California, growing food and practicing sustainable building at places like...

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the Solar Living Institute, Occidental Arts and Ecological Center, and Golden Nectar Farms. His garden work and style reflect key principles of Permaculture, the bio-intensive method, and biomimicry. Paolo received his Bachelors Degree from Chico State University in Cultural Anthropology, with a Minor in Italian. He has traveled extensively through Central and South America, following a passion to study human behavior as well as healthy food systems throughout history.

Jeff Shields Owner/Operator


Jeff is a self proclaimed plant DJ. He has spent much of his time on social and environmental logic, coordinating community gardens for the...

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SF Department of Public Works, researching urban forestry with SF Environment, and participating in community efforts to restore open space and local food systems in the bay area. He also spent time learning and constructing with natural building methods at Emerald Earth, teaching environmental education with The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, and was co-chair for the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter’s Conservation division. Jeff is focused on sustainable and communal land management, and he learned intentional community development with the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. He also interned for a year with the SF Board of Supervisors and received his Master’s in Public Administration from SF State.

Josho Somine Lead Designer


Josho grew up in the East Bay, and started studying site-based permaculture in 1997, completing design & teaching certifications in 2001...

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He has studied, worked, presented and taught at a wide range of sites both nationally and internationally, and developed a long working relationship with the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center locally. Devoted to aesthetics and a stickler for details, he also received a BFA in sculpture & public art from the California College of Arts & Crafts (2002), and further honed his ecological design approaches with a Master's in Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle (2010). He likes to connect big-picture thinking with intimate built details, and seeks to cultivate legibility and spatial dynamism in the landscape.

Our Clients

  • Mike Shea,Chef

    "My yard was being taken over by bamboo, ivy, black berry and bermuda grass. As a professional chef, it was important to me to create a space where I could grow food. I hired Paolo and Jeff for their extensive plant knowledge and design. Now I have a beautiful yard, packed with 4-season food, California native plants, culinary herbs, espalier fruits trees and a design that flows. They continue to maintain my garden and I wouldn't hesitate to refer them to friends."

  • Tara & Billy Beane ,Mother/Yoga Instructor & Oakland A's General Manager

    "I didn't realize how much food such a small space could produce." "I was able to share much of our produce with co-workers at the office."

  • Leeann,Artist

    “It was such a pleasure working with Paolo and Jeff. After discussing my problems with erosion and drainage, they created a plan which transformed my property, including terraces, retaining walls, French drains, gardening space and native plants. I trusted their expertise, professionalism and vision completely, and I am so happy with the results.”


Have you been wondering how you can make your home and landscape more "green"? Or what wonderful things you can grow in place of that dead, dried out lawn? Or how to catch and store all that rainwater that is washing your driveway away? Well we are up for any challenge! Get a FREE INITIAL CONSULT with one of our friendly and experienced team members today!