Jason Gerhardt, Ecological Designer – Saint Louis, MO
“Design/Build is my art form. Teaching is my passion. Community regeneration is my mission.”
Jason has professionally applied ecological design for well over a decade from hyper-arid deserts to lush temperate forests to dense urban centers. He holds a BA in Sustainable Design as well as Diplomas in Permaculture Design, Education, and Research. He is co-director of the 20+ year old Permaculture Institute, and is known for extensive knowledge of plant ecology, green infrastructure, regenerative agriculture, and urban design.
Jason’s portfolio includes higher education campus planning, farm and ranch site development, ecological curriculum consultation with K-12 schools and conservation organizations, and developing a bioregional vegetable seed business. He has taught for many notable organizations including the US EPA, University of Colorado, Utah State University, Permaculture Institute, Naropa University, and Oregon State University, among dozens of other private and public institutions and community groups.
Jason’s passion is at the intersection of the natural world and human culture. He applies his keen study of ecosystems and society to his work through Real Earth Design in Saint Louis and around the globe.
Barnabas Kane, Landscape Architect – Denver, CO
Barnabas is a second-generation landscape architect with a multi-disciplinary background in landscape architecture, planning, and fine art. He brings a bright mind and masterful hand to design and drafting work. Since founding T. Barnabas Kane & Assoc. in Prescott, AZ in 1999, he has collaborated on many of north and central Arizona’s most outstanding projects for municipal, educational, commercial, and other clients. He has since taken his experience to Denver, Colorado and throughout the US.
His 25-plus years of experience encompass higher education campus planning, stormwater management, ecological restoration, rainwater catchment, permaculture design, and wildlife and pollinator habitat.
Sarah Keown, Permaculture Designer – Saint Louis, MO
Sarah is an ecological designer with a background in urban agriculture, food justice, and environmental education. She holds a BA in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College. Sarah is a pattern thinker who comes from a family of artists and uses her artistic abilities to interact with the landscape and design process. When working with clients she invests time into building relationships and listening to their needs. Sarah is rooted in values of truly caring about the land and each other and seeking honesty in situations. She employs this in her design process to get to the root of problems and to find the most authentic and aesthetic potential for a landscape. She has applied this approach in her design work one-on-one, as part of installation crews, working with kids in gardens, and leading activities on urban farms in the Denver Metro Area and St. Louis, MO.
Dustin Wright, Design and Graphic Specialist – Denver, CO
Dustin is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in landscape architecture, architecture, strategic planning, alternative construction, permaculture design, drafting and graphic design. His whole-systems-based approach integrates diverse technologies, from natural building techniques to digital 3D modeling. He is completing a master’s thesis with a focus on ecological planning and the development of ecologically, socially, and culturally significant economic systems within planned mixed-use development.