Amy’s fascination with the Colorado prairie began when she was six, one year after she moved to Colorado from South Africa. After graduating from Niwot High, she studied cultural anthropology at Middlebury College and then shifted gears to spend five years supporting and co-managing two organic farms, helping found an urban ecovillage, and indulging a love of American history by working as a docent at Monticello. She spent three years honing her native & perennial plant knowledge by working at Harlequin’s Gardens Sustainable Nursery and with Boulder County Parks and Open Space. Amy received her Permaculture Design Certification in 2018 and permaculture teaching certificate in 2020. Currently, she is a teacher and co-facilitator for the Boulder Permaculture Design Course. She is also an avid naturalist, writer, and homesteader.
Kerstin holds a B.S. in Biology from Texas Woman’s University and became a true native plant enthusiast while employed as the Plant Ecology and Ecology Instructional Assistant at Texas State University. After school, while raising her kids in Austin, she served as the co-chair and teacher for their school’s organic garden program and volunteered her time and effort to restore the local neighborhood pond with her neighborhood’s Trees for Trails program. Kerstin worked as a grower for Harlequin’s Gardens Wholesale Nursery where she developed an intimate knowledge of beneficial, Colorado-adapted plants and a passion for ecological restoration. Her fascination with Permaculture design is inspired by her own children and her hopes they will grow up and into a sustainable, biologically diverse, bountiful environment.
With help from two trucks affectionally called Big Red and Gray Mabel and from a talented community of permaculture & plant lovers from around Boulder County.