The Permaculture Education Center is an international for-benefit organization. All profits are used to support Permaculture demonstration and education projects around the world.
Alan Enzo, Ph.D., M.B.A. - Founder
Alan Enzo (known as “Enzo”) is an ecologist, economist, sustainable business development consultant, and a Permaculture Design teacher and consultant. He graduated from Ohio State University and holds a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business.
Enzo began his career as an Emergency Management Officer, leading and directing first-responders on oil spills, train wrecks, chemical disasters, natural disasters, and environmental remediation projects around the US. He was intimately involved in the response to Hurricane Katrina and many other state and federal emergencies.
Enzo received his Permaculture Design Certificate from the Mollison Permaculture Research Institute (the original Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) in Australia founded by Bill Mollison). He has received advanced training in natural building, agroforestry, food forest design, ecological economics, and ecovillage/intentional community design. He is passionate about alternative local economic systems, appropriate technology, agroforestry, and helping students and clients start their own businesses.
Enzo has over 28 years of experience in Permaculture Design, Ecological Restoration, and related disciplines. He is the founder of Nashville Permaculture and the International Permaculture Education Center.
Steve Hart has 50 years of experience in the design industry combining the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design through Permaculture Design. He trained directly with Bill Mollison and traveled extensively with him for many years, teaching Permaculture and consulting on Permaculture development projects. Steve has a visionary approach mixed with field practicality and a grasp for the big picture and all the elements that make up the whole.
Originating from New Zealand, Steve shares experience from many different projects on a wide scale, spanning several countries and environments. He is a natural networker - connecting with all people to advance collective positive outcomes. He is a very practical designer, passionate about organic solutions and connecting all layers of the community. Steve is not afraid of leading debates on any topic to whet the appetite of controversy, moving complacency on topics needing exposure, while considering principles before personal gain.
Steve is a lead faculty member and Instructor with the International Permaculture Education Center.
Steve Cran is a Permaculture Aid veteran, teacher, social activist, climate change resilience specialist, and a very handy guy to have around after a natural disaster. With a 28-year career in Permaculture Design, Steve has directed the design of effective and sustainable recovery solutions for communities affected by natural disasters, war, or long-term poverty.
Steve has developed Permaculture projects in war zones, post-disaster zones, poverty zones, and in many difficult areas on this troubled planet where most people would not dare go. He worked directly with Bill Mollison and traveled with him for many years. He became the world’s first “Permaculture Aid Officer”, training aboriginal and impoverished communities in Australia to solve their own problems. He has established Permaculture Training Field Schools and trained local leaders in several countries, including Timor Leste, Indonesia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the USA. Steve also works as an advisor to create resilience strategies for communities in the face of climate change.
Steve continues consulting and conducting training throughout Southeast Asia on Permaculture Aid field skills as well as Train-the-Trainer and youth programs.
Steve is a lead faculty member and Instructor with the International Permaculture Education Center.
Philipp Schuster, Ph.D.
Philipp holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is the founder of Seeds for Sustainability – a school for Sustainability and Healthy Living. He is also an internationally recognized expert in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He studied Permaculture Design and received his certification from Permaculture Education Center.
While learning about Permaculture and healthy agriculture, he realized how sick our food systems are and how this is affecting us as human beings. Since then he wanted to learn and share more about how to establish systems that would allow humans and nature alike to prosper. On the economics side, it is at the core of his interest to understand how companies and institutions, as well as individuals, can contribute to a sustainable future for all.
Philipp is an Instructor with the International Permaculture Education Center.
Ambrea Fuller, LMSW
Ambrea holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She also is a Certified Essential Oil Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Ambrea received her Permaculture Design Certificate through Midwest Permaculture in 2018.
Ambrea currently works at a hospice company managing volunteers as they provide services to dying patients. She has experience in health coaching and is knowledgeable about different aspects of holistic health. Ambrea has worked with children in mental health as a counselor, adult living with HIV as a case manager, and at a holistic health company coaching others on their health journey.
The holistic health company is where Ambrea learned about Permaculture, sustainable agriculture, and humane farming. She fell in love with everything Permaculture and has been dedicated to educating others.
Ambrea is an Instructor and Marketing Coordinator with the International Permaculture Education Center.
Franziska holds a master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Ecological Engineering from the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
During her studies, she focused on climate change, environmental economics, and international land-use planning. She started working with NGOs in the field of waste management in Cameroon in 2013 and in 2016 she founded the project ‘Toranam’ that aims at helping farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change using sustainable agroforestry and alternative marketing strategies in India.
Franziska has also worked as a carbon and energy analyst in Ireland and is passionate about working with local communities around the world on sustainable solutions that protect the environment while at the same time securing the livelihood of marginalized people.
Franziska is an Instructor and Marketing Coordinator with the International Permaculture Education Center.
Jessica Enzo - Permaculture Designer, Lead Instructor, and Vegetarian Cooking Teacher
Jessica Enzo is a Permaculture Design teacher and consultant, and also a certified Health Coach specializing in Integrative Nutrition. She has a B. A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University and is a certified teacher. Jessica taught 6th-grade Ancient History from 2006 to 2010. She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Zev Friedman and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton in Asheville, NC.
Jessica has a love of natural landscapes and an eye for patterns and appropriate design. These skills drove her desire to study Permaculture, and she has developed into a great Permaculture teacher and designer. Her passion and desire are to demonstrate and share her love of Permaculture Design, Healthy Living, and Vegetarian cooking with as many people as possible.
Jessica is a lead faculty member and Instructor with the International Permaculture Education Center.
Lien is a Permaculture designer and educator working and living in Vietnam. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Permaculture Education in 2019. She also holds a Master's degree in English Language Teaching and has many years of experience in providing training consultancy and working for non-governmental projects in agricultural and rural development. She successfully introduced and applied Farmer Field School (FFS) to thousands of classes for farmers in Vietnam.
Lien has now a great desire to communicate and educate Permaculture throughout Vietnam and the world. She has been developing her own project “Lac Gia Trang” in Hoa Binh (Vietnam) as the demonstration of Permaculture solutions for urban family gardens. She teaches Permaculture and promotes Permaculture education and communication programs.
Lien is an Instructor with Permaculture Education.
Martina Petru, Ph.D
Martina Petru has developed a career in Design Ecology from a background of plant biology and a Ph.D. in Plant Communities and Forest Ecologies. She founded the international NGO Ho Avy to further this work on the ground, building sustainable communities through the development of family nurseries. In combining the design philosophy of Permaculture, Martina recognizes the values in designing sustainable communities through the use of kitchen gardens, food production, and well-planned neighborhoods.
She is excited about combining all levels of the community through food gardens, either in the schoolyard or intensive broadacre systems. Martina shares the wealth of her native rural Southern Bohemia.
Martina is a lead faculty member and Instructor with the International Permaculture Education Center.
Agnes Liu (Fang Liu)
Agnes is a Permaculture designer and educator working and living in Taiwan. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Permaculture Education in 2019. She also holds a Master's degree in Accounting, and has many years of experience in accounting, auditing, and financial management.
Agnes has a deep respect for nature and now focuses her work on education and demonstration of Permaculture solutions. Agnes teaches Permaculture, nature skills, and life skills to elementary school children, and promotes food and agriculture education programs for elementary schools. She actively participates in an edible forest project at Libahak Village - an organic farm in Taiwan.
Agnes is an Instructor with Permaculture Education.
Dolphin Yang (Hsiu-fen Yang)
Dolphin is a Permaculture designer and educator working and living in Taiwan. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Permaculture Education in 2019. She also holds a Master's degree in Computer Animation, and teaches English.
She is the daughter of a farmer who never received any training in agriculture. Her father relied on his knowledge of nature and the region, and coincidentally found that much of his work matched the models and techniques found in Permaculture Design.
Dolphin regards Nature as the best teacher, and she recognizes the importance of giving younger generations the opportunity to experience wild places - and learn from them.
Dolphin is an Instructor with Permaculture Education.
Ben Bishop - Permaculture Designer and Instructor
Ben Bishop is a Permaculture designer and educator based out of Nashville TN. Studying nutritional sciences at the University of Connecticut, he gained a deep understanding of the importance of fresh local food in the human diet. He has studied Permaculture Design in Tennessee, and with Stephen Brooks and Itai Dolev Hauben at the Punta Mona Permaculture Educational Center in Limon, Costa Rica.
Ben specializes in designing food-producing systems in urban and suburban settings focusing on low-input gardens, food forests, and water catchment.
Cindy Moonrose - Instructor & Consultant
Cindy MoonRose is a Nashville Native and has since 1980 has been stewardess of a hilly mostly forested 23 acres, fondly called Rabbit Hole Hollow, located 8 miles from the State Capitol, as the crow flies.
Her credentials range from a B.S. in Engineering from Vanderbilt and a 13-year career in energy efficiency analysis to an avocation in the intuitional arts of Reiki, Rebirthing, and Shamanism. Born to a biologist mom, Cindy has been exposed to the study and appreciation of Nature from her beginnings.
She has been growing food every year since starting her first garden in 1979. Rabbit Hole Hollow was home to a small scale farm menagerie during the ’80s and hopes to be again in designed Permaculture systems as a Permaculture demonstration/research/small business incubation center – with the help of Nashville Permaculture.
Since May 2009, Cindy has been nurturing the re-skilling of Nashville around the use of local wild-growing plants for food and medicine, and as garden allies. She has been food gardening every month of the year since 2006. Cindy is an Instructor with Permaculture Education.