My background is varied, with many of my younger years (following three years at Lincoln University) spent working and playing in the mountains and doing conservation work on offshore islands.
I went from supporting the standard species focused conservationist thinking, where people and nature are separated and ‘nature’ is visited in the weekend… into a more integrated approach where we take our place as a positive force within nature. That means looking for ways to live together for mutual benefit.
Exploring life through a Permaculture lens, I have gardened at home, started a small market garden, launched a sourdough bread business, worked as a polytech tutor in Horticulture and Rural sustainability, and run workshops on permaculture, gardening, seed saving, nutrition and orchard design.
From our base near Mangawhai Village in Northland, I started Thrive Permaculture in early 2015 as a professional permaculture design service. Permaculture Design work gives me the unique opportunity to get to know people and landscapes and be a key part of a process that brings them together in a meaningful way, so that both the people and the land can … well… Thrive.