Description:I am an established permaculture educator, teaching primarily through Oregon State University in our online programs. I have been growing most of my own food in a permaculture setting for the last 20 years. I am seeking land in Thurston County, eastern Grays Harbor County, or northern Lewis county to expand my work and research into agroecology and climate adaptive agriculture. I intend to cultivate heirloom crops, with attention to their reliability in shifting climatic conditions. Ideally, I would like to find a farm where I can offer educational workshops for people who wish to grow their own food with ecological principles.
I spent the last 12 years developing an urban permaculture demonstration site in Portland, OR. My nursery thrived, doing business off my driveway, with customers coming from as far as the east side of the Cascades.
Prior to living in Portland, I lived and managed a 150 acre biodiverse permaculture/agroforestry farm in Grays Harbor County. I have provided consultation services for landowners from urban to rural settings throughout the Cascadia bioregion. I do this both independently and as a team with other colleagues.
I am a seed saver and a collector of biodiversity. My passion is local ecological food production. I teach a once a month workshop series on what to do now in the garden, known as the Grow Your Own Produce Workshop Series.
I specialize in Food Forestry and have developed an online course on this topic for Oregon State University. I have taught permaculture workshops on a variety of topics in the field since 2004.
My non-profit, Fertile Ground Education Center is focused on permaculture, sustainability, community building, and resource sharing throughout our bioregion on the urban and rural scales.
I am in search of land for cultivating to meet my needs and share the surplus. I hope to find land that can be a home for me and my nursery. My dream is to have a biodiverse farm that is a hub for people in our bioregion to learn more about creating stability for our place while working together in community.
Intended Farming Practices:
- Sustainable and Organic Practices