I live in the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon, USA on a small organic farm with my husband and two young sons. We raise vegetables, fruits, nuts, bees, chickens, ducks, and sheep. I work as a Permaculture designer and educator, with a focus on regenerative agriculture, sustainable forestry, water harvesting, and holistic ecosystem restoration. I’m also an author – my book Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration (Chelsea Green, 2015) critically examined the ecological and social context of invasive species from a whole systems perspective, and I recently published a chapter entitled “People as conscientious resource stewards: Human agency in a world gone wild” in the collection Rethinking Wilderness and the Wild (Routledge, 2020).

I am excited about participating in the MScCCAFS program to deepen my understanding of how to create biodiverse agricultural production systems that are adapted to and can mitigate climate change while providing other important ecosystem services.

Here’s a video about a recent project for which my business, Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC, won a design contest sponsored by the Permaculture Institute of North America: