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.
Jessie loves plants and studied biology at school. She’s from Massachusetts, where she has enthusiastically helped in the gardens of all friends and family from a very early age. She’s lived in Lyons for the past 4 years. She has experience in biology research and outreach, including work for Boulder County Parks and Open Space in their education group (telling hikers about wildflowers) and research collaboration with the Denver Botanic Gardens (trading code for the chance to join botanical field expeditions). She’s currently honing her local plant knowledge by volunteering for the brand new botanical gardens in Lyons. This mostly entails weeding and hauling mulch but also includes writing about local plants and gathering taxonomic and ecological details to inform garden design. Her favorite plant is the tough and adorable Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, bearberry or kinnikinnick, because it grows both in the sandy coastal pine forests of Massachusetts and in the sandy montane pine forests of Colorado.
With help from two trucks affectionally called Big Red and Gray Mabel and a talented community of permaculture and plant lovers from around Boulder County.