Amy is South African by birth but grew up in Longmont and graduated from Niwot High School. After studying cultural anthropology at Middlebury College, she spent five years supporting and co-managing two organic farms, helped found an urban ecovillage, and indulged a love of American history by working as a docent at Monticello. She spent two years honing her native & perennial plant knowledge by working at Harlequin’s Gardens and with Boulder County Parks and Open Space. Amy received her Permaculture Design Certification in 2018. Currently, she is a teacher and co-facilitator for the Boulder Permaculture Design Course.
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 a dedicated community of permaculture and plant lovers from around Boulder County.