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 will be speaking at the Texas Fair.
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