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Dave Jacke

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Dave Jacke has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has practiced ecological design through his business Dynamics Ecological Design since 1984. He has designed, built, planted, and managed landscapes, homes, farms, and communities across the U.S., as well as overseas. Using deeply

holistic approaches and applied ecology, Dave has taught hundreds of engaging and creative courses on ecological design, especially forest gardening, around the world.  Dave holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Land Use Planning from Simon's Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984).  He now homesteads a short eagle’s flight from the Connecticut River in Montague, Massachusetts.

Eric Toensmeier



Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens as well as a contributor for Drawdown. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, and an international

trainer, presenting in English and Spanish in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean. Eric has studied permaculture and useful plants of the world for over two decades. He managed an urban farm project for five years, ran a seed company, and co-developed a farm business training curriculum that is now used in eight US states and three Canadian provinces. Eric’s most recent book is the Carbon Farming: a Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices which was backed by supporters through a Kickstarter campaign.  Visit Eric's website at

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