Kevin works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a partner with LIFT where he provides strategy and guidance for social enterprises helping them grow. He also frequently teaches classes, workshops, does public speaking, facilitates meetings, plans events and provides one on one mentoring as a founding partner of the Urban Permaculture Institute San Francisco. Kevin has helped design and start gardens and public learning exeperiences intent on reminding people that they too are nature. He is as fluent with information technology as with perennial polyculture agroforestry. Writing, speaking, researching and mentoring are his strongest skills. He raises ducks in his small urban garden in San Francisco
Kevin's certifying permaculture teacher is Penny Livingston-Stark (hers - Bill Mollison). He's been involved in the study and practice of permaculture design for a decade. Kevin trained with David Holmgren (during his North America trip in 2005) and participated in advanced training with Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia in 2006 and 2007. Kevin started teaching one day workshops in 2005 and co-facilitated the first PDC in the city of San Francisco ever in 2006 with Kat Steele and Fred Bove. In 2008 he co-facilitated an urban PDC with Starhawk as a mentor (teacher training apprenticeship) for the Earth Activist Training (EAT). He's taught 20 design certificate programs since 2006 and participated in about half a dozen more as a guest presenter.
Kevin considers the following people permaculture mentors and teachers:
- Brock Dolman
- Penny Livingston-Stark
- James Stark
- Michael Presley
- David Holmgren
- Geoff Lawton
Kevin's permacutlure informal peer review network:
- Trathen Heckman
- Benjamin Fahrer
- Jay Ma
- Lydia Nielsen
- Kat Steele
- Michael Flynn
David is a true Jack of All Trades, master of SOME -- working on the title of "Renaissance Man" at the School of Life. His background includes a stint in the culinary field where he was head chef at 3 restaurants in the western states, his love for high quality ingredients led him to plant gardens outside the backdoor of any kitchen he worked at. From there, a foray into laser machining and robotic control in the semi-conductor industry provided an introduction into mechanics and machine shop ingenuity. Eventually starting his own construction company, he has enjoyed building things ever since.
Permaculture provides David with a platform to explore endless curiosity and learning about the natural world and how humans interact with it. As a long time lover of the Earth, he is passionate about helping himself and others learn and implement real solutions that work with no one left behind. Sharing permaculture with as many people as possible has become his true passion.
He has helped form the San Francisco Permaculture Guild and currently serves on the Wisdom Council. In 2008 he and Kevin Bayuk founded the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco and have now trained over 300 people in San Francisco, many of whom are living in the city and working on amazing projects. Along with the formation of UPISF, He was a founding member, lead designer and long time steward of the 18th & Rhode Island Garden in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
He also served on the founding team of Hayes Valley Farm, an interim use project that transformed two unused freeway ramps in the heart of San Francisco into a productive and educational garden. AT Hayes Valley Farm he served as the lead deisgner and site manager for the first year of its life, where he ehlp create a number of green jobs for local residents by forming partnerships with local shools to bring their classes to the farm for nature based education. Hayes Valley Farm is and was an insipration to thousands of people young and old.