Warren Brush is a global permaculture design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller. He has worked for over 25 years in sustainable systems design for communities, private and public organizations, households, small holder farms, and conservation properties worldwide. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. He is a consultant for USAID’s TOPS (Technical, Operations, Performance Support) program where he trains technical field staff, for their African Food for Peace programs, in a Resilience Design Framework. He works extensively in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. Some of the courses Warren has taught include: Permaculture Design Certification, Earthworks for Resiliency, Resilient Small Farm Design, Permaculture for International Development, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Community Design Using Permaculture, Permaculture Investing, Drought Proofing Landscapes, Ecological Restoration, Cultural Mentoring, and Food Forestry.
Kareen Erbe (Broken Ground) is an experienced permaculture practitioner and has been teaching permaculture and gardening workshops through her business, Broken Ground, for 5 years. She and her family are developing a ¾ acre suburban cold climate demonstration site with a food forest, kitchen gardens, greenhouse, pond, chickens, ducks and a greywater system. She has a BSc. in Environmental Science and completed an advanced permaculture program taught by Geoff Lawton, at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. This included training in earthworks, composting, soil biology, and urban permaculture design. Kareen also trained in teaching permaculture with Rosemary Morrow, author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture. She has Master Gardener and Master Composter Certifications, training in Ecology Action’s Grow Biointensive methods and participated in a Food Forest Design Charrette with author, teacher and designer, Dave Jacke. Kareen is a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine.
Jessica Peterson (Inside Edge Design) holds a Masters Degree in Population and Development Economics, a BA in Psychology, and possesses certifications in Gracious Space Facilitation, Non-Violent Communication, and Permaculture and Restoration Landscape Design. In her heart of hearts and by practice she is an ecological community organizer, teacher and entrepreneur. Jesse applies the permaculture framework and holistic planning to her everyday life, at home, at work, and at play. She is developing an urban perennial farmstead on her property and markets value-added products from her own kitchen. Her current permaculture obsession is social systems designs, commons management along with experiments with farm to pharmacy. Jesse has taught permaculture in her community and beyond and just wrapped up teaching a 9-Day Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens.
Linda Welsh (Sage Mountain Center) is co-founder of Sage Mountain Center, an off-grid sustainable living center and the site of our Permaculture Design Course. For over 20 years, Sage Mountain Center has provided consultation services, seminars and tours in everything from passive solar straw bale home building, cordwood construction, and permaculture to solar and wind power for students, homeowners, and businesses across the state. Linda is a Registered Nurse certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, Regional Educator for Rocky Mountain Hospice, and a Certified Yoga Teacher with an M.A. in Transformative Learning and Change. Linda is committed to the work of personal and social transformation and this is enhanced by her love of poetry, gardening/permaculture, soap making, backpacking, and people.
Caroline Wallace (Inside Edge Design) has a degree in Landscape Architecture and is certified in permaculture design. She and Jesse are the co-founders of Inside Edge Design and co-designed the 6th Ward Garden Park, the first public perennial edible park in MT, with Dave Jacke and the community of Helena. Caroline is our site analysis, mapping, graphic design, communications, and community design facilitation guru! She is most passionate about designing beautiful, edible, and resource-wise outdoor living and production spaces and uses permaculture as an ecological and social design framework. Caroline has a deep-rooted belief in the value of community, collaboration, and a pressing need for communities to be more self-reliant.
Chris Borton (Sage Mountain Center) is the director and co-founder of Sage Mountain Center. A fourth generation builder, Chris is currently on the board of directors of both the Montana Renewable Energy Association and the Montana Energy Education Council. Sage Mountain Center has received numerous awards including the Corporation for the Northern Rockies Best Sustainable Education Business and Alternative Energy Resource Organization’s Sustainable Energy Award.
Allison Rooney (Cloud Nine Farm) and her family own and operate Cloud Nine Farm in Wilsall, Montana. Established in 2008, the farm is continuously evolving to comprise a workable approach to regenerative agricultural production methods, including a small scale holistically managed mixed grazing operation, Keyline cultivation, four-season greenhouse production, a market garden, on-farm food processing, and ongoing work with permaculture-inspired design techniques. Allison’s goal is to create a diversified farm system with a healthy economic outlook while serving local communities safe and delicious food. The farm is certified organic, and produces vegetables, herbs, microgreens, nursery plants, eggs, and small livestock on pasture.
Brent Brock (HoloScene Wildlife Services) is a wildlife biologist and has over 30 years of professional experience in ecology and wildlife conservation, working for the Konza Biological Station, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Craighead Institute and now his own business, HoloScene Wildlife Services. He received his BSc in Wildlife Biology and a MSc degree in Rangeland Ecology from Kansas State University. His education provides a deep understanding of the ecological connection between wildlife habitat and working landscapes. Brent has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters on ecology and conservation.
A graduate of Harvard University, Jenny started her agricultural career 20 years ago, after a Permaculture course with Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman in Ojai, Calfornia. She had spent the previous two years working on her brother’s cattle ranch in Montana, and the Permaculture course shook up many of her previous suppositions about modern agriculture and its success. Upon her return to her 500 acre property in rural Montana, she started to put a non-toxic plan in place. She now raises 150 head of cattle, 40 of which are heritage Red Ruby Devons, a previously endangered breed on the American Livestock Conservancy listing. Her goal is to cycle nutrients, improve soil quality, and provide grass fed beef and quality breeding stock to regional eaters and producers. Cover crops, rotational grazing, multi-species management, remineralization, and nutrient dense foods have all been topics of study and utilization on her family ranch. She is also an owner of the Amsterdam Meat Shop, a busy abattoir for domestic livestock in the Gallatin Valley and has raised American Guinea Hogs, pastured meat birds, free range turkeys, and laying hens.
Max Milton (Timeless Seeds) grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with summers at Lake Tahoe and on a ranch in Montana. He has lived in Helena, Montana for the last 40 years. He studied at Dartmouth College and Chicago Theological Seminary. Max has been an ethical investor for over 40 years. He currently chairs the Board of Timeless Seeds, a Montana based packager of organic lentils, other pulse crops and ancient grains and is a partner in a family land and livestock business, he started and owned a small restaurant, been part of a small publishing operation, and helped start a non endowed foundation to raise funds for granting throughout the NW and Northern Rockies in areas including human rights, environment, and sustainable agriculture.