TC PDC 2016 Teaching Team & Guest Presenters

Kate Heiber-Cobb founded the Madison Area Permaculture Guild. Through her business, Sustainability on Stilts, she educates and consults on Permaculture. A leader in the movement to establish Permaculture as a foundation for urban design, Kate has training in Transition Towns, Radical Urban Sustainability, is on the Advisory Board of Edgewood College’s Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program, and the Board of Community Groundworks. She teaches at Madison College. teacher-kate-heiber-cobb
Rhonda Baird grew up gardening and foraging in Indiana. She is passionate about redirecting efforts from extractive practices toward skills that foster resilience and nurture life. To that end, she engaged in community organizing and non-profit work for 20 years, and came to teaching permaculture design in 2005. She co-originated the Bloomington Permaculture Guild, the Great Rivers & Lakes Permaculture Institute, and supports the Center for Sustainable Living as a permaculture resource for Bloomington, Indiana. She sits on the Diploma Committee for PINA, and is an associate editor for Permaculture Design magazine (formerly Permaculture Activist). She maintains a design practice through Sheltering Hills Design. teacher-rhonda-baird
Penny Krebiehl has been sharing/educating through permaculture design since 2005, and is a graphic-recorder for courses and presentations, through the Mid-west & USA. Penny is a life-long Michigan garden-farmer, woods-wanderer, and arts educator. She is a Certified Permaculture Designer and Instructor, Board Member of Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, and Member/Grower, Bionutrient Food Association. As the originator of O’k CSA Cooperative, building a neighborhood, community gardening system in Traverse City, since 2004, she continues to serve the community/region. Penny’s work is focused through O’k Art & Design and the educational non-profit, Little Artshram, in Northern MI. teacher-penny-krebiehl
Bridget O’Brien is a passionate teacher and student of life. She has always felt the call to honor, listen, and play with the earth and its plant beings. Her diverse background in landscaping, marketing, merchandizing, floral design, fermenting, teaching, and community connecting has led her to attain Permaculture Design and Teacher Certifications. Bridget works to create Permaculture teaching tools and games; a steering committee member for Abundant Michigan Permaculture, Ypsilanti; the Marketing Coordinator for the People’s Food Co-op in Ann Arbor, MI; and, Executive Program Director of Rooted Love; non-profit providing the resources needed to establish edible classroom gardens, and sacred food forests. teacher-bridget-obrien
Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and is the best-selling permaculture book in the world. His new book on urban permaculture, The Permaculture City, was released in July, 2015. Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues. guest-toby-hemenway
Dan Kitteridge is Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, www.bionutrient.org. Dan is the son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, and has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States. Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the value of people growing and eating really good food. Recommended reading: http://www.heifer.org/join-the- conversation/magazine/2015/fall/asked-answered-groundwork-for-health.html guest-dan-kitteridge
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