I currently work as a grower and networking coordinator at Tyddyn Teg, a Community Supported Agriculture project in North Wales that started in 2015. We are using permaculture design to develop our project from both land-based and invisible sector perspectives.
Prior to coming to North Wales I spent 10 years in the Middle East, mostly in Palestine but also in Israel, Egypt and Jordan, working as a permaculture designer and teacher on a number of projects, from grassroots initiatives through to government funded development programs. I helped to found and run a permaculture farm and international volunteer project in Palestine for 4 years from 2008-2012, before becoming a teacher for the PermaNegev program in Israel in 2013. I subsequently taught several PDC courses at Palestinian agricultural colleges, as well as designing and delivering a 'training the trainers' course for Gazan university professors and agricultural engineers, participating in an EcoVillage Design Course with teachers from Findhorn and Tamera, and organising and teaching PDC and agroforestry courses with local partners in the Egyptian Sinai, South Jordan and the Palestinian West Bank.
During this time I also worked as a freelance permaculture design consultant, working on food security projects with ActionAid Australia, the German International Development Agency (GIZ), local NGOs in Israel and Palestine (including Bustan, Sidreh and Ma'an Development) and private clients in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. I helped to design several farms, as well as setting up a number of household gardens and community tree planting initiatives, with my engagement extending from project concept development and fundraising through to physical design and implementation.
I am still committed to international networking and supporting permaculture initiatives in the areas where they are needed the most, through partnering with local organisations who have the motivation and commitment to make it work. I am currently developing a partnership with Green Kashmir as well as maintaining links with projects in the Middle East in the belief that we can form mutually beneficial relationships to create resilient communities around the world, supporting each other across divides in culture, geography and politics to make a better world.