The Food Drawing by Chrissie Orr and students. Permaculture Art project in honor of all hard working farmers that strive to provide locally-grown sustainable food and who remind us of our connection to the earth. All the materials emerged from the earth and now will return. The cycle continues, we are nourished and the land is nourished. The alchemical change, the re-emergence, which will sustain us again. The materials used were all gathered locally: Potatoes, corn, beans, amaranth, apples, quince, squash, jojoba, flour, calendula, echinacea, turmeric, chile, clay, wild seeds, wild sesame, pot shards, black walnuts, pecans, bread, russian sage, organic compost.
Lots of Life in One Place Permaculture Gardens of Arina Pittman, in full production include a working community of plants, animals and people.
Sam Knowlton giving a lecture on compost, Permaculture Design Course in Costa Rica
Scott Pittman, one of the foremost teachers of permaculture in the US, has taught the subject extensively worldwide on four continents. He is the founder of the Permaculture Drylands Institute and co-founder of the Permaculture Credit Union. Scott co-taught with the founder of permaculture Bill Mollison, and helped to establish permaculture movement in the US Southwest. His experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, design projects that range from backyards to thousand-acre farms and activism in promotion of sustainable living. Scott is the lead teacher for most Permaculture Institute programs.
Larry Santoyo is an artist, land use planner and green business consultant. He is among the most experienced Permaculture Designers and Educators in the US and has taught environmental design at colleges and universities nationwide, including UC Berkeley and California State Polytechnic University. Larry is Director of EarthFlow Design Works, a community planning and design firm that integrates economic development strategies with ecological systems management. Larry is a recipient of Permaculture Diploma in the fields of education, community development, site design, community service and research.
Jason Gerhardt holds a BA in Sustainable Design as well as a Diploma in the fields of Permaculture Education and Design. He is known for extensive knowledge of plant ecology, rainwater harvesting, and agricultural biodiversity preservation. Jason teaches a permaculture certificate program for Naropa University and instructs at numerous workshops and courses throughout the US. He has taught for many well-respected organizations including Denver Botanic Gardens, Prescott College, Permaculture Institute, and the US EPA. Jason practices ecological design professionally through Real Earth Design on scales ranging from 40+ acres to small city yards.
Durga studied agriculture at EARTH University, Costa Rica, followed by MSc. in Holistic Science at Schumacher College in England. Looking for ways to apply this knowledge in an integral and real way, she found Permaculture and loved it! Permaculture has been the most useful tool for Durga in her work as an independent environmental consultant and business-woman. Recently Durga founded a permaculture-inspired Ashram where she is in charge setting up working examples for sustainable waste management, water use and designing food forests and perennial productive ecosystems. While working with composting toilets, herbs, animals and soil biota, Durga searches for inner peace to share with all humanity the infinite beauty and wisdom of nature.
Jen Zawacki has been empowering people to connect and participate in harmony with the world around them. Jen received degrees in Biology and Conservation from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As an educator her work and passion have taken her to the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, Australia, Central America, and
Thailand. Jen teaches Permaculture and works with communities, small scale farmers, and home owners to integrate Permaculture techniques on their properties. She makes her home in Santa Fe NM working with the soil one garden at a time.
Leslie Buerk is an architect, permaculture practitioner, and owner of Kalyx Studio, a design firm specializing in problem solving through natural systems. She has studied Permaculture throughout the United States, Central and South America. Leslie is currently working to establish a permaculture learning center, which she envisions both as a place to study and test permaculture techniques and as an open resource for the knowledge that results from that work. When she is not teaching or designing for others, she works a small piece of land in Albuquerque’s South Valley to provide for herself and to share with friends and neighbors.
Christian Meuli, M.D. was born and raised in New Mexico, became a Board Certified in Family Practice after graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1977. The grandson of a conservationist rancher, he inherited the interest in the land which has led him to experiments with a wide variety of water harvesting techniques over the past 30 years on his homestead in Edgewood in the mountains east of Albuquerque. He helped found the Albuquerque Permaculture Guild and served on the Permaculture Drylands Board. He has written articles on the crenellated windbreak, the spreader drain, vertical sponges, design processes and pattern recognition.
Sam Knowlton is an ecological designer based in Santa Fe, NM. Sam practices and teaches permaculture in the Southwest U.S. and throughout Latin America. He runs Harmonic Ecological Design, a whole systems design firm developing regenerative land use systems. As a designer, teacher, and collaborator, Sam inspires people to understand and appreciate our role as the stewards of our communities.