2017 3-Day Permaculture Intensive Educators
Ande Schewe is an artist, researcher, experimenter, entrepreneur and producer.... and could most likely be described as an "Earth walker" or more simply "plant like". In cities they call him a Farmer, in rural areas the call him a Gardener. Ande has planted trees, nuts and fruits and vegetables on his family farm since he was a boy. In the late 90's he attended Hocking College and became a certified Herbalist. In 2001, he completed his first Permaculture Design certification with Lost Valley Education Center under guidance of Toby Hemenway, Jude Hobbs, and Rick Valley. His way of "farming" is not just about growing vegetables, it is a way of building relationships between the farm and the people who receive the vegetable, fruits, nuts and seeds.
Ande has co facilitated multiple permaculture courses with Cincinnati Permaculture Institute since 2008. He has lead Edible/Medicinal Plant Walks in the Ohio River Valley since 2001. He has offered permaculture/nature based consult to farms, homes, businesses, communities, schools, and more. He has been published in numerous publications with writings about nature, foraging, culture, farming, local food concepts and more. He continues to be an asset to his local farming community as a source of knowledge on natural and holistic approaches to agriculture. He is always ready to face new challenges with integrity to the land, and future generations. He has design strategies, insight, and new observations for all situations.
Carrie Lierl is Co-Director and Project Coordinator of Columbus Growing Collective, an emerging group dedicated strengthening local food systems, improving health and wellness, and encouraging solidarity within and between the communities of Columbus through innovative partnerships that connect growers, end users and once idle spaces transformed into productive urban plots. A Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, in Environmental Justice, accompanied by three minors in International Human Rights, Environmental Analysis and Policy, and Sustaining the Urban Environment, she is a passionate permaculturist drawn to the practice of urban farming as a means for addressing various forms of environmental injustices experienced in marginalized communities. Having spent a handful of years learning from and working with various urban agriculture projects around the world, her reasons for supporting this work have expanded to include everything from its potential as an art form to its capacity for strengthening communities. Carrie earned her PDC in 2013 in British Columbia, and recently studied advanced permaculture methods in Cuba.
Valerie Wolfe is the principle of Diverse Metamorphosis, a non-profit organization created to further movements of social change toward a more harmonious and peaceful world through the education of self-sustaining initiatives including permaculture, homesteading, holistic nutrition and wellness, spiritual and emotional health, survival, art, music, creativity, and more! Valerie has had dirt under her fingernails for as long as she can remember and aspires to spread her passion for microbes, mycelium and horticulture to anyone willing to learn! A local to central Illinois, Valerie is a central figure to the 2016 team with abundant knowledge of the immediate bio-region in the proximity of Summer Camp Music Festival.
Loren Heacock is a co-founder of thePOOSH.org which connects volunteers with natural build projects all over the world. Loren has experience in building with cob, roundwood timber framing, thatch, stones, and really anything else you can find in the woods. If you can build with it, Loren will figure it out with his 6 years of building with permaculture techniques.
Michael Beck is on a mission to become a permaculture master. He is a co-founder of thePOOSH.org and is most experienced in natural building; he has built an earthship, a cob cottage, a yoga studio, wood shake and thatch roofs, cob ovens, outdoor kitchen spaces and more. Recently settling in Disputanta, Kentucky, Michael and surrounding community have recently implemented a two acre food forest and are preparing to build a thatched log cabin. Michael Beck completed his PDC at Terra Alta in Portugal.
Joanna Amorim recently moved to America from her home country, Portugal, where she studied herbalism, permaculture, and natural building. She has built a cane dome with Canaviva, a cob cottage, a star dome, compost toilets, and more. She lived and studied at Terra Alta community in Portugal, where she completed her PDC, social permaculture course, and permaculture teacher training. She continues her passions of food forest and landscape design, art, and acrobatics in Disputanta, Kentucky.