I’m delighted to introduce the brilliant team of people who are helping design, deliver and improve projects with me around the GTA and beyond.
Design Jam Permaculture
Adrian is a Permaculture Designer, working primarily on projects in Hamilton, ON. He recently founded Design Jam Permaculture offering Collaborative Design and Decision Support services to help people with urban and suburban projects. He has a wide range of talents, including technical research, project implementation, and providing practical advice for the long term success of systems and projects. Adrian is skilled at site assessment, natural pattern observation, and considering diverse options for implementing and maintaining productive, ecologically sound solutions. He is knowledgeable on a range of issues, including: gardening; soil remediation; building raised beds and retaining walls; water flow and capture; green building and hand worked earthworks. Adrian likes to help clients visualize and phase in ideas by installing simple 3-D mock-ups of elements while developing site enhancements. Adrian is resourceful and mindful in all that he does. He has joined Garden Jane to collaborate on a 1 acre rural homestead in Caledon and to explore co-designing a leadership program. Contact Adrian at email@example.com.
The Cutting Veg
Daniel and The Cutting Veg have joined forces with the Garden Jane team as Hoffmann Hayes to envision and deliver innovative condo garden and urban agriculture community programming. Daniel is an organic farmer and social worker. He manages The Cutting Veg Organic Farm, an eco-social enterprise working in southern Ontario to cultivate personal, social, environmental, and economic health through organic agriculture. Daniel aims to encourage lifestyles that are healthy for families and the planet by providing local, organic produce through Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) programs in the GTA, in which people become members of the farm for the season, and receive a weekly share of the harvest. Daniel also runs the Global Garlic project, growing ~20 varieties of garlic, including Israeli, Tibetan, Persian, Korean, Italian and more. Daniel oversees The Cutting Veg Food Coaching program, which offers educational opportunities to the community, and includes a Farming Internship, Garden Coaching, “Veg Ed” workshops, and Agri-Biz coaching. Daniel welcomes people to visit the farm and participate in the veggie growing process, so that folks can enjoy the therapeutic and educational benefits of working with the earth and with fellow community members.
Facilitator of Sustainable Community Planning & Design
Jillian is an international permaculture teacher who has been teaching since she received her Permaculture Design Certification in 1996. Her teaching and other projects range from urban lots, to off-gird green houses, to entire eco communities. Jillian holds a B.Sc.(Agr.), and has completed all but her final exam for a Masters in Environmental Studies. Jillian was invited to be the Executive Director of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas in 1997, where she helped to manage the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee. Jillian subsequently founded The Sustainable Living Network in Toronto, and has served as its Executive Director since 1999. The gardens and offices of the Sustainable Living Network, and the Sustainable Living Books community service bookstore, have inspired and supported thousands of people on their path towards sustainable and healthy living. Jillian has a grounded and clear teaching style, which facilitates deep connection for people in the events she leads. Jillian is deeply committed to her personal growth, and has been mentoring and coaching people on their personal paths for many years.
Global Network Facilitator
Ana has a background in International Relations, Cooperation and Rural Development, with an MSc. in Sustainable Agriculture. Ever since she discovered Permaculture and the Transition Towns Movement in 2007, she has been on a path of exploration of new world paradigms and ways of being, helping to implement projects worldwide to make human-paced societies a reality. Originally from Madrid, Spain, she is the president of the Spanish Transition Hub and one of the international representatives of the movement, currently working with several municipalities towards a more sustainable way of managing territorial and social resources. She is a Council Member of ECOLISE (Bottom-Up European Initiatives to tackle Climate Change) and national representative for YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development), helping the voices of the rural youth of the Mediterranean basin be heard and taken into consideration by policy-makers. Ana is a trained Permaculture teacher and course facilitator for the Transition Movement, and has designed and delivered high-quality courses related to Sustainability and Community Building through her career in International Cooperation and Development.
Forester, Jackson Stewardship
Pam is a Registered Professional Forester with 10+ years of experience sustainably managing public and privately-owned forests. Pam also farms organically, starting with Daniel Hoffmann and The Cutting Veg, and then co-founding the Elmgrove Organic Collective in 2013. Pam blended her forestry and farming skills to form Jackson Stewardship, an all inclusive rural land management consulting company. Jackson Stewardship has the mandate of helping rural landowners meet their objectives while sustainably managing their resources for future generations. As a professional forester, Pam advises landowners on how to best manage their forested lands to meet their long term goals. She brings a range of skills and services to the Garden Jane team, including: land planning and design; forest inventories; tree planting; riparian area restoration; native plant ecosystem establishment; and urban street tree planting. Together with the Garden Jane team, Pam is excited to expand into the world of permaculture and hopes to create Food Forests for many years to come.
Permaculture Design Assistant
Talha is trained in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and has completed a MSc. in Geography from the University of Toronto (2017) and a Permaculture Design Certificate (2017). His focus at U of T was to shed light on the vulnerability of common urban forest species to projected climate change in Southern Ontario. His mission is to apply permaculture design and systems thinking methods to help urban communities to address the interconnected challenges of food security, climate change, and community building. Talha’s experience includes serving for two years with the Conscious Minds Cooperative to develop interactive workshops and democratic internal governance structures. Talha helped create programming for U of T graduate students and professors to integrate land-based learning into university classrooms. He joins Garden Jane to support the growth of mindful community leaders, and to help design and implement holistic programs and garden sites.
Stephen grew up loving technology, but separated from his heart. Then he left tech aside and went traveling to find his heart. Now he’s back home in Austin, Texas, integrating the two so he can serve those who are consciously bringing Love into the world. On the tech side, he worked with Apple for 2+ years, built the technology backbone for Austin startup No. 4 St. James, and has been nurturing the digital lifeforms around his friends and family for over 15 years. On the heart side, he has a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) from the Austin Permaculture Guild and recently spent 2 years visiting Ecovillages in Europe, Canada, and the United States. He now offers tech consulting, Website design, and business coaching services to clients all over the globe. And when he’s not doing that, he’s probably doing meditation, yoga, bicycling, ecstatic dance, or Authentic Relating somewhere in Austin. Read more at Stephen’s website.
The Windpath Media and Garden Jane teams both have a strong interest in permaculture and have been exploring opportunities to work together. Windpath Media produces innovative documentaries, dramatic feature films, and visual art works that investigate the human condition, draw attention to alternate perspectives, and search for common sense. Windpath Media is excited to work with organizations like Garden Jane whose goals have a foundation in a commitment to principals of permaculture as a way to deal with a changing world. Check out the videos Windpath videos made for Garden Jane on YouTube.
Interns, Volunteers and Supporters
Interns, volunteers and supporters are an integral part of Garden Jane’s team and ability to reach so many at times and work deeply at others. Each person brings energy, a variety of skills and resources. They help garden, research, develop and deliver high quality resources and programs. They help promote and they grow infrastructure so we can generate more economy around the work. In turn they learn, share, build networks and strategies to contribute their own unique piece to the world. For current opportunities, please email us.
Thanks to past volunteers and interns Stephanie Bahn, Deanna Berry, Greg Alan Elliott, Caitlin Langlois Greenham, Tamara Green, Joanna Jack, Jessica Lemieux, Kevin Ong, Holly McLellan, Indra Noyes, Candice O’Grady, Nathan Payne, Emma Rooney, Emily Sharp, Micheila Storr, Blythe Weber Growing Spaces, Kate Willison (see her cheese & goat blog), Lana Winter, Jingwei Zhang for all they’ve contributed. Thank you to Robin Salt for her help on the website and course logistics, for our logo and signage artwork and to Karoush Javidi for photos we’re using in handouts. Thanks to Courtney Raponi for her help with guilds and medicinal plants research. Thanks to all the many gardeners who have helped make the gardens wonderful. Thanks also to Harriet Friedmann, Jerome Godboo, Frank Iacobucci, Linda Hayes and so many others for their contributions to promoting and supporting the good work.
Advisors, Influences and Community Collaborators
Garden Jane draws inspiration and advice from nature, along with these wonderful people, some of whom are current clients or collaborators: Lee Overton, Farmers’ Market Manager at the Backyard Farm & Market; Janaki Hadida; Lauren Baker and the Toronto Food Policy Council; Deb Barndt; Solomon Boye; Heather Coburn Flores and Food Not Lawns; Debbie Field and FoodShare friends; the Evergreen team; Keely Forth; Harriet Friedmann; Johanna Beyers; Jesse Hayes; Linda Hayes; Richard Hayes; Toby Hemenway; Jude Hobbs; Elaine Ingham and Soilfoodweb; Beth Knox; Collette Murphy and Urban Harvest; Munju Ravindra and Ideas Unlimited; Wayne Roberts; Yafit Rokach; Susan Richardson; Carolyn Scotchmer, Paul Stamets; Seeds of Diversity and Bob Wildfong; Alvero, Rodrigo and Plan B Organic Farm, Monika and Greenfields, Ted Thorpe and the many other farmers and farms feeding people in the Toronto area. The list is not complete without acknowledging the many people groups who work for food access, public seed sources, the right for children to be outside, and social-environmental issues of all kinds.