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 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.
 
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, events, and cohesion. To develop and maintain a flexible and productive Guild structure, collaborate with complementary groups, assist in designing and implementing permaculture initiatives, and especially educating and mobilizing the community to these ends.

Meet our Steering Committee


Ivy North


Ivy enjoys interacting with the permaculture community through the HPG. In her day job, she works for the North Coast Growers’ Association to increase local food access to low-income community members, works to move Humboldt farmers’ markets towards Zero Waste, and provides programs that educate local youth about our food system.  Ivy completed a course in 2015 with Midwest Permaculture to become a Certified Permaculture Designer and is a Small Farm Master Gardener. She is a member of the Humboldt Food Policy Council and serves on the board for the North Coast Co-op.

Levon Durr


Levon Durr has been involved in permaculture since 1996 and has completed the permaculture design and teacher training courses.  He has been a guest teacher at numerous design courses, sharing his skills in wild food harvesting and processing, gardening and seed-saving.  Levon is currently directing his passions to the field of mycology. He completed Paul Stamets’ Professional Mushroom Cultivation and Mycorestoration workshops at Fungi Perfecti, which inspired him to start his business, Fungaia Farm.  At Fungaia Farm, the focus is on healing the earth through mycoremediation and education and edible mushroom production.


Hummingbird Carole Segura

Hummingbird Carole Segura is a Native Humboldt County resident. She grew up on a local homestead where she learned about gardening, animal husbandry and preparing and preserving food. She comes from a long line of farmers and has continued this lifestyle practice on her farm in the country. Hummingbird started an organic garden with her then neighbor, Craig Lord, with a vision she had to plant all the local unutilized farmland with organic gardens. She now is in the process of completing a Permaculture Design Course with Matt Powers, Advanced Permaculture course. She enjoys working with the Humboldt Permaculture Guild, as it gives her an opportunity to interact with her community on a larger scale. She is an avid seed saver and has many future plans to bring this and other projects to the community in the near future. unutilized farmland with organic gardens. She now is in the process of completing a Permaculture Design Course with Matt Powers, Advanced Permaculture course. She enjoys working with the Humboldt Permaculture Guild, as it gives her an opportunity to interact with her community on a larger scale. She is an avid seed saver and has many future plans to bring this and other projects to the community in the near future.

Don Christensen

Don is an avid backpacker and gardener. A Humboldt County resident for over eighteen years. He has been a part of the Humboldt Permaculture Guild for six years and has organizes the raffle and music at the Seed and Plant Exchange for the last three years. Don also works with special needs adults in Humboldt County.

21 comments

  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. 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 🙂
      HPG

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

      ~Levon

  6. 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?

  7. 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.
      ~Levon

  8. 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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