Nicholas Burtner

School of Permaculture


Nicholas Burtner is the founder and director for the School of Permaculture, where he leads the education programs and directs operations at both the farm and suburban demonstration sites for the school. Since the school’s inception, he and his team have worked on a large and varied number of permaculture projects (from farms and ranches to suburban homesteads and public parks, and from apartment complexes to college campuses). Nicholas received his permaculture education and training in Melbourne, Australia, from Bill Mollison, the co-originator of permaculture. He also interned with renowned permaculturist Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm and attended the Earthship Academy for natural and recycled building construction, under the tutelage of Michael Reynolds in Taos, New Mexico. Aside from permaculture and ecologic-related activities, Nicholas is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, and a father. He is also a nidan and instructor at the Flowing Circle Aikido Center, plus a major proponent of peace. He believes that through the application of permaculture, people can find a more meaningful and purposeful existence.

Nicholas is speaking in Texas.


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Professional Land Assessment

Learn how to ask the right questions when you're homesteading and want to build out your property. It's easy to "just start," and a can-do attitude is a good thing. Even so, knowing the right questions to ask from the beginning or (even after) can save you thousands of dollars (if not tens of thousands). The School of Permaculture's Nicholas Burtner offers professional advice on how to look at landscape in a way that benefits your future decisions. He also discusses an online assessing tool that remembers and organizes a property's information.
Green Building

Speaking At:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage

Introduction to Permaculture Gardening

Learn the basics of designing and building an ecosystemic permaculture garden. In this workshop, the School of Permaculture's Nicholas Burtner teaches how low-work methods can allow you to grow abundant and nutrient-rich foods (while working with nature, instead of against it). When you think about it, why work so hard? Understand the benefits of letting the pros (nature, that is) do the work!
Organic Gardening

Speaking At:

Texas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Organic Gardening Stage