Zev Friedman is a leading researcher and teacher in innovative southern Appalachian forest agriculture techniques. He graduated from UNCA in 2004 with a B.S. in Human Ecology, and worked as a land surveyor, trail builder and founding an edible landscaping company (Urban Paradise Gardening) while he pursued classes, hands-on experience and apprenticeship in permaculture and agroforestry. Since 2009, he has designed and installed 15 edible forest gardens, led research projects on new techniques, studied and corresponded with other agroforestry researchers around the world, taught 11 hands-on classes and given many introductory presentations on sustainable forest agriculture. Since 2011 he has been focusing on increasing the scale and popularity of these techniques, and particularly developing realistic business and project planning for landowners seeking to become permaculture forest farmers.
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Patricia Allison (1945-2018)
Our dear Friend, Community Member and Eco-Activist Patricia Allison passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018. She will be dearly missed.
In 1990, Patricia found an integration and synthesis of her diverse passions in Permaculture; she began teaching Permaculture Design Courses in 1994. As she discovered that the basis of permaculture is creating sustainable culture, she became increasingly aware of the importance of self-governance, and began teaching consensus decision making in 1998. Meanwhile, in 1996, following a fifteen-year search, she put down roots at Earthaven Ecovillage, a Permaculture-based intentional community near Black Mountain, NC.
Living in a village which is a developing demonstration of cooperation and partnership has sharpened the focus of her teaching. She believes we must continuously examine the cultural underpinnings of sustainability – remembering that, to begin creating joyful and abundant lives, it’s our everyday practices that need examining: how we care for our health, how we birth and raise our children, where we get our food and water from, how we derive economic sustenance, how we entertain ourselves, how we practice our spirituality, how we govern ourselves.
Chuck Marsh (1951-2017)
Our dear Friend, environmental activist, bioregional educator, permaculture designer and landscaping pioneer Charles T. (Chuck) Marsh died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Known to many as a mentor, spiritual warrior and friendly rascal, Chuck was a founder of Earthaven Ecovillage. Fans from all over the globe have sent messages of appreciation for the many ways he impacted their lives. He was buried at Earthaven, in the company of family and a large contingent of friends.