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Jason Gerhardt, Regenerative Designer – Saint Louis, MO and Upstate New York

Jason Gerhardt Permaculture

Jason serves as Director of the 25-year-old Permaculture Institute Inc. and is sought out for his design and education approach that equips people around the world to lead in their own communities.

For nearly two decades, Jason has professionally applied ecological design in diverse environments from the hyper-arid US Southwest to underserved neighborhoods in North St. Louis to a refugee community in Central America. Jason’s portfolio includes higher education campus planning, regenerative agriculture site development, organizational strategizing, food justice initiatives, and extensive work with conservation organizations including The Nature Conservancy. Jason has taught thousands of students for Naropa University, University of Colorado, the US EPA, and Oregon State University, among dozens of private and public institutions. A developer of multiple land-based enterprises for community development, he holds a BA in Sustainable Design, as well as Diplomas in the fields of Permaculture Design, Education, and Research.

Jason’s passion is at the nexus of the natural world and human culture. A Zen practitioner for over 20 years, he applies a keen awareness of ecosystems, society, and self to his transformative work connecting people to all of life.

Barnabas Kane, Landscape Architect – Denver, CO

Barnabas Kane Permaculture

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. He works extensively with Consilium Design.

Sarah Keown, Permaculture Designer – Upstate New York

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.

Sarah currently runs her own consultation and design company Yards of Joy, a subsidiary of Real Earth Design, focused on creating spaces that evoke joy into people’s lives. She is our residential projects lead.

Dustin Wright, Design and Graphic Specialist – Denver, CO

Dustin Wright Permaculture

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.