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 acheive 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.

Sara Wuerstle Lead Designer


With over a decade of experience working in Permaculture, she has developed a highly integrated understanding of...

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regenerative land development at any scale. She has studied and worked internationally with the leading practitioners in the field as well as farmers and growers while teaching and supporting more than 2 dozen PDC courses and trainings worldwide. As a consultant and designer, she has collaborated on numerous international development projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. She has also...lived as part of numerous intentional communities and education centers throughout the world (including Sonoma County’s own Occidental Arts & Ecology Center), where she has gleaned a unique aptitude for holistic management as well as the creation of financial resiliency. She is most inspired when people savor the nutritious, delicious, and beautiful food that can come only from a healthy ecosystem. In all of these endeavors, her unique sense of style and aesthetic is ever present.

Tom Le Blanc Designer


Having grown up spending much of his youth in the woods and around lakes Tom has a strong connection with the natural world...

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and is always seeking to harmonize human livelihoods with natural principles...

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This passion crystallized for him at a young age during a internship at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture, one of the first farm-to-table establishments focusing on hyper-local regenerative agriculture. He carried that interest with him into college where he studied Anthropology and focused on the subsistence patterns of indigenous horticultural and prehistoric agricultural societies, earning a B.A. From University of Vermont. While immersed in an experience of building a straw-bale and cob house in Northern California in 2010 Tom discovered Permaculture, and realized that many of the sustainable life-ways of traditional societies could be implemented in modern society through careful observation of natural systems and thoughtful design. He was bitten by the design bug and has been honing his design skills since. Tom has been fortunate to be able to study and practice designing regenerative systems with some of the worlds leading teachers and practitioners including the late Toby Hemmenway, Sonoma County local, Erik Ohlsen, Australias Darren Doherty, and many others. In the last few years Toms interest and focus within the broad space of regenerative design has narrowed in on the question of how can we not only slow, but reverse climate change while still lives of meaning and fulfillment. With many of these solutions now becoming available Tom views his work as creating working models and scaling this work up within his Bio-Region of Northern California.

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!