My name is Michael, and I began my permaculture journey about 25 years ago when I picked up a copy of Permaculture One and the Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison, though it was a number of years later when I finally attended my first PDC.
I have applied the design principles and ethics of permaculture to my personal life. I am now enjoying the wonderful opportunities of being able to apply them to my workplace and my community.
I enjoy learning about the many different facets of permaculture and design. Through my learning, I have also come to love teaching.
I finally jumped in after reading and applying what I had learned and have since done a number of PDC's followed by my Permaculture Teacher Trainer with Rosemary Morrow and Nick Ritar. I completed the Advanced Permaculture Design Principle workshop with David Holmgren, Advanced Permaculture Design with Dan Palmer and the Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke as well as the REX10 online with Darren Doherty plus many more. I aspire to be as inspirational and practical as my teachers.
I continue to do other courses to advance my knowledge and to increase the value which I may provide in both my teaching, projects and consultations.
Victoria grew up in the garden of England, a little town in Kent surrounded by hop farms and apple orchards. All of her family grew food, whether in the local allotment gardens, in the back yard or on the small hobby farm that her grandparents tended, and this created a firm love of being in the garden and an understanding of its importance.
When embarking on a gap year in Australia before pursuing a design degree, she discovered a passion for hospitality, working in prestigious restaurants that focused on produce and sense of place, learning about producers and their practices for growing local food, raising animals ethically and fishing sustainably. It was a great opportunity to affect the choices guests made not only in the restaurant but when they went home.
Consequently that gap year turned in to 20 and a long career in restaurants in Australia.
In the year 2020 changes had to be made. Starting with Permaculture Living with Milkwood and then diving into her Permaculture Design Course with Savour Soil Permaculture & a Diploma in Garden Design, Victoria brings her extensive professional skillset and detail to her passion for permaculture and design.