About Us

Our Mission – To promote permaculture in the redwood bioregion.

Permaculture provides an accessible and empowering framework for individual and cultural change in the face of environmental 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.
About Us –
The Humboldt Permaculture Guild (HPG) is a group of food producers, business owners, builders, educators, and permaculture designers. We all share a belief in resilient communities, regenerative lifestyles, educating the community, stewardship of natural systems, local seed development, natural building, conservative water, and energy use.
The Humboldt Permaculture Guild aims to provide platforms for networking. To foster social gatherings and events. To develop and maintain a flexible and productive Guild structure, collaborate with complementary groups, assist in designing and implementing permaculture initiatives, and especially educate and mobilize the community to these ends.

Meet our Board

Ann Anderson

Ann Anderson is one of the founders of Locally Delicious, a local non-profit working to promote food equity, and a strong local sustainable agricultural system and to help protect the environment by educating about the benefits of eating local and organic. She is a founding member of the Humboldt Food Policy Council, a Master Food Preserver, and on the Steering Committee for the new Food Hub. She has been quilting for 50 years and was a publisher of quilting books and patterns. She has a Master’s Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology and spent most of her career programming, marketing, and selling high-performance computers.

Ivy North

Ivy North is a Certified Permaculture Designer and Small Farm Master Gardener with a passion for local permaculture and small family farm communities. In their day job, Ivy has worked for the North Coast Growers’ Association for over a decade. As the Ag Programs Director for the NCGA, Ivy enjoys collaborating with partner organizations to secure funding and training for local farmers, organizing seasonal farm tour events, and offering farm business advising through a partnership with the North Coast SBDC. Ivy is also a voting member of the Humboldt Food Policy Council, the founder of the Humboldt Roots agricultural newsletter, the new North Coast Agricultural Collaborative, and an upcoming land match program. Ivy is a long-time contributor to the work of the HPG and is dedicated to helping sustain and grow the reach of its mission and programs. ivymnorth@gmail.com

Levon Durr

Levon Durr has been a certified Permaculture Designer and teacher since 1998. He has been a teacher at numerous permaculture design courses, sharing his skills in wild food harvesting, gardening, natural building, and seed-saving. Levon offers permaculture site assessments and design. He is currently the Humboldt Permaculture director and owner of Fungaia Farm.  At Fungaia Farm, the focus is on healing the earth through mycoremediation and education, and edible mushroom production. levonriver@gmail.com

Niki Gribi

Niki Gribi has an academic background in finance and economics and more than 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, California Certified Organic Farmers, EcoFarm, the Watershed Stewards Program, and Food for People. She has been an outdoor educator, a market farmer, a program coordinator, an event planner, a communications specialist, and a fruit tree pruner, as well as a parent and gardener. Niki is a long-time advocate for strong local food systems and is also currently serving as Board Treasurer for the North Coast Growers Association.

Marina Gomes

Marina Gomes is a biologist, farmer, and herbalist. She has been involved with permaculture since college in Brazil and has a passion for plants, education, and the healing arts. She and her husband have been running Blue Blossom Farm in Eureka since 2010.

Matt Drummond


  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 🙂

    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 🙂

  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.

  9. Hi, I am based out of Crescent City and am working on our local food forest projects, mainly the College of the Redwoods site. I would like to help at the 2019 seed exchange or in any other ways that I can in thanks for all I have received from prior seed exchanges. I could teach a hugelkulture and/or wildcrafted compost tea workshop if you are interested, or help in other ways. Thanks for all your work!

    1. Hi Ben, We have just begun the planning for our SPE workshop schedule and would love to talk with you about teaching. If you were able it would great to have you at one of our meetings if not I can put you in touch with the workshop organizer. Thanks, ~Levon

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