Who We Are

Tao Orion


Tao graduated from UC Santa Cruz after majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. She participated in the 2001 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and received a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture. She received her PDC from Max Lindegger at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Australia in 2002.

Tao completed her Permaculture Teacher Training Course in 2006, as well as a Keyline Design Course with Darren Doherty; and an Advanced Permaculture Course in Earthworks with Geoff Lawton in 2007. She is also a graduate of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, Oregon.

Tao is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration (Chelsea Green, 2015). She is passionate about linking restoration with thoughtful design of human and non-human habitat.


Abel Kloster

Abel Kloster has a degree in Land Stewardship for Sustainable Communities from Humboldt State University.  He has worked as an organic farm manager and restoration forester.  He is currently on the board of Agriculture and Community Land Trust and is the Land Steward  at Aprovecho.  He is the co-owner of Resilience Permaculture.  A fourth generation Oregon native, he is well acquainted with the forests and fields of the Pacific Northwest where he has been a farmer and land steward for many years. Abel is currently completing his Master’s degree in Agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

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