The Humboldt Permaculture Guild (HPG) is a group of food producers, business owners, builders, educators, permaculture designers, Earth and seed stewards, and community members.

We all share a belief in resilient homes and communities, regenerative lifestyles, educating community, stewardship of natural systems, local seed development, appropriate and natural building, conservative and productive water and energy use, and observant, mindful, and holistic thinking and action.

Permaculture provides an accessible and empowering framework for necessary individual and cultural change in the face of environmental and cultural challenges. Our focus is on resiliency, adaptation, basic needs fulfillment (food, water, shelter, community), natural patterns/systems/relationships, and providing models for others to follow.

The Humboldt Permaculture Guild aims to provide platforms for networking. To foster social gatherings, events, and cohesion, to develop and maintain a flexible and productive Guild structure, collaborate with complimentary groups, assist in designing and implementing permaculture initiatives, and especially educating and mobilizing the community to these ends.


  1. The Rio Dell Community Garden is in competition to win a donated fruit tree orchard, but we need your help! Vote for Humboldt County and the Rio Dell Community Garden online at http://www.communitiestakeroot.com beginning April 15th.

    Residents of the U.S. can vote once a day per email address, so vote often! The competition is still, with 125 applicants and only 20 orchards being donated. Help to create healthiest communities here on the north coast, and vote for the Rio Dell Community Garden!

  2. the competition is actually stiff…not still ๐Ÿ™‚

    And all the food items harvested will go to support our local food pantry, which serves approx. 120 households.

  3. I am looking for a live-on permaculture design course and natural building course in Humboldt or surround in early to mid 2012. Anyone know of any?

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Our monthly meetings are the first tuesday of every month.
      We meet at CCAT, Campus Center for Appropriate Technology,
      at 530PM, the first Tuesday of every month.
      If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Does anyone know how to make an earthen floor for our yurt bathroom? Would you consider helping us do it if we hired you to consult with?

    1. Hi Tracy,
      Sorry for the slow response. We don’t check our web page very often. To answer your question. Yes there are quite a few natural builders in our group.
      Our Humboldt permaculture Facebook page might be a good way to connect with local folks that do natural building. Also we post our monthly meeting and potlucks on our face book page and send out a monthly e-mail. These can also be a great way to connect with people. Good luck with your project.

  5. Looking for volunteers to help w a 5 acre Permaculture. Currently Designing the different Zones and getting ready to implement the house garden, fencing and small animals.

  6. Hello, I am looking to get involved with the permaculture guild. I am wondering if you know of any work trade housing situations that are available in Arcata, I am currently at a natural Building apprenticeship at Sundog Building School in Point Arena, which ends August 9 . I can help build garden, and help with projects.

    1. Hi Kathleen,

      A great way to get involved with the Guild is check out our monthly meeting the first Tuesday of every month 5:30pm at CCAT on the HSU campus. Also feel free to post on our facebook page. We have 580 people on our page so that can be a good way to connect with local folks.
      Look forward to meeting you.


  7. Hey folks! We want to let youall know that Heartwood Institute is going Permaculuture! We have some new PDC programs and courses we want to share…. How do we get in touch with you to join and post Permaculture updates?

  8. I’m looking for an expert in fruit tree pruning that can be hired to renovate some really old and really huge apple trees on a property I just bought. Can anybody provide some suggestions? Thank you.

    1. Hi. I will forward your information to some of our fruit tree specialist. Another way to connect with fruit tree folks would be at this years Scion Exchange, Feb 11 at the Bayside Grange, 11am to 2pm. There will be workshops and lots of folks with resources. Hope to see you there.

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