Since our inception, we've been helping land-owner families, businesses, and communities reclaim their independence through carefully designed land-based projects here in the Pacific Northwest. 

They worked to develop an environment that engages the senses as well as providing potential for food and skill development for all who live here. Julian is an educator with a passion for bringing people and environment together.
— Parice L., Clackamas, Oregon

Our Roots

Rooted in the philosophy of the natural world - we spend a lot of time outside - our business has been guided by the principles of permaculture and restoration. We've experienced permaculture in action from the urban sphere to agrarian communities, proving to us what matters most - food, family, and a healthy planet.

Permaculture

Developed to bring people closer to the land through thoughtful design and community building, permaculture guides our practice with a triple bottom-line approach: Care for Earth, Care for People and Fair Share. You can learn more about permaculture here or take one of our classes!

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JULIAN DOMINIC, Principal/Designer

 

Raised in the Wissahickon watershed to food-centric singers,

Julian helps to consult and implement resilient and community-driven designs for diverse communities from scales of urban spaces to rural farms. Additionally, he uses his skills as an instructor for The City Repair Project and as an environmental educator with Portland Public Schools. Through his travels to various land-based cultures around the world, Julian studied Sustainable Agriculture at Warren Wilson College and now spends his time growing, processing and harvesting annual and perennial foods while finding different ways to gather and feed his family and friends.

julian@witchhazeldesigns.com

RIDHI D'CRUZ, co-instructor, designer

Ridhi is an intercontinental cross-pollinator, grassroots sustainability organizer and sociocultural anthropologist who came to Portland in 2010 from South India. Ever since, she has been working on the intersection between diversity and sustainability. She is a member of Portland’s Native American Community Advisory Council where she works in allyship with local Native American community organizers. Ridhi is the Co-Director of City Repair and the Placemaking and Volunteer Director. She loves facilitating community empowerment and collaborative leadership and is a lover of the Mbira.

ridhi@cityrepair.org

MATT BIBEAU 

 

co-instructor, builder

A gifted land steward and stone mason, Matt serves as one of the core teachers at Institute of Permaculture Education for Children. As a graduate of Portland State University’s Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning program, he has worked in the field of garden-based education since 2005. As a trained educator in permaculture design by Toby Hemenway (2006) and in permaculture teaching by Tom Ward and Jude Hobbs (2008), Matt has been generating momentum as a permaculture educator, co-coordinating. He serves on the board of the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust and is a veteran coordinator of the City Repair Project's Village Building Convergence (2006-2012). Matt co-teaches a PDC with Mark Lakeman, Julian and Ridhi, and is currently the farm manager at Jean's Farm and the Chief Executive Officer of IPEC.  

matt@pdxpermaculture.com

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Contemplative julian:)
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