Aaron Jerad - Permaculture Design

Aaron Jerad For me the most satisfying design work comes from blending functionality and usefulness with creativity. Permaculture design puts these two together. As an art-form the canvas and media which permaculture uses are living environments, plants animals, peoples lives, our homes, and communities. As a practical science it looks not only to the cutting edge advances in modern technology but to tried and true methods passed down for generations or practiced by indigenous people.

Permaculture seeks the most efficient, beneficial, high yielding, low cost ways to do something, but never at the cost of peoples' well-being, nor that of the environment or ecosystems.

My job as a consultant is to listen, to ask relevant questions, to draw out of people what they truly want and help them arrive at a design that really works.

Here's a few sample images from a design I did for some friends in Estonia.

 

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Here's a little about me and what I've been up to:

  • Freelance permaculture consultant, educator and designer

    Wellspring Design and Living Rhythm Farm

    March 2010Present

  • Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

    Workshop , Greenhouse design and management. 2010

  • Solar Energy International

    Micro-hydro Electricity Design and Implementation course. 2010

  • Permaculture student In Australia

    May 2009December 2009

    Home-stay and work-study with David Holmgren and Su Dennett
    Hepburn Springs, Victoria, Australia. Nov 7 - 25, 2009 (temperate)

    Home-stay and work-study at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms
    Bungendore, NSW, Australia July - November 2009. (temperate, semi-arid)

    Internship at Rainbow Vally Farm.
    Matakana, New Zealand. June 25 - July 15 2009. (temperate, oceanic)

    Internship at Buena Fortuna Botanical Gardens - La Ribera, Baja Mexico.
    November - December, 2009. (subtropical arid)

  • Volunteer Tree Planting.

    Trees For Earth, Bungendore, Australia.

    October 2009October 2009

    Large scale tree planting operation and conservation work.

  • Farm forestry intern.

    Terra Preta Truffles, Braidwood, Australia.

    July 2009August 2009

    Planted truffle inoculated oak trees and engaged in many various tasks related to maintaining a large farm forestry project.

  • Permaculture Design Internship with Geoff Lawton

    Permaculture Research Institute Australia

    January 2009May 2009

    Permaculture Design Certificate Course (72 hours)
    Geoff Lawton, (with Paul Taylor) Zaytuna Farm NSW, Australia. January 18 - February 2, 2009

    Permaculture Aid Workers Training Course
    Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. February 3-8, 2009.

    Introduction to Permaculture Course
    Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. February 12-13, 2009.

    Introduction to Permaculture Course (2nd sitting)
    Geoff Lawton, Mulloon Creek Natural Farm, NSW, AU. February 28 - March 1, 2009.

    Permaculture Home Gardening Course (+ curriculum development)
    Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. March 14-15, 2009.

    Permaculture Design Certificate Course (Review)
    Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. March 22 - April 4 2009.

    Permaculture Aid Workers Training Course (2nd sitting for curriculum development)
    Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. April 6 - 11, 2009.

    Permaculture Teachers Training Course (and curriculum development)
    Geoff Lawton, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, AU. April 13 - 17, 2009.

    Permaculture Earthworks Course
    Geoff Lawton, Mulloon Creek Natural Farm, NSW AU. June 1-7, 2009.

Other Education and experience

  • Production Director

    Dreamtime Festival

    20012007

    Production design and direction. Booking and scheduling bands for 2 stages. Stage management.

  • Musician and web manager

    Kan'Nal

    20012007

    Full time touring and studio musician on didgeridoo and percussion. Also was web designer and administrator for the band during this time.

  • Artist and designer.

    Aj Design

    19982007

    Freelance artist, web and graphic designer.

 
Living Rhythm Farm 
 

View of Mountains

 

Lettuce guild