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POLL CLOSED!

Polling is over, and there are 133 nominees! You can see the results down below to determine who you think are the Top 100!

To determine the Permies.com Permaculture Leader Maestro Awards, the 46 people who met the requirements will be submitted to their peers to find out the Top 10 permaculture leaders! You can find out more about the Maestro Awards HERE.



level 9 people of permaculture


Over in this thread Paul Wheaton and Andrew Millison are discussing who should be the ten Level 9 people on the Wheaton Eco scale. This has transformed into a desire to find out:

Who are the top 100 people in permaculture?

Who are the people who have done the most to further permaculture and spread word of it? Who are the people who have done the most to transform the world into a better place through the power of permaculture?

In attempts to find and rank the 100 people, we are trying LOTS of things. Because

Try 100 things. 2 of them will work out. you'll never know in advance which two. Quote by Paul Wheaton


Here's what you can do to help!

    (A) Use your apples to vote in the below poll. The apple maximum is set to 100 apples (if you have 3 apples, you get 3 votes. If you have 105 apples, you get 100 votes. If you have 1,234 apples, you get just 100 votes) to apply to their top 100.

    (B) Use your thumbs to vote in the apple poll to vote for your #1. Everyone gets 1 thumb (people with pie get 2 thumbs)

    (C) Scroll through the replies to the thread and give thumbs to everyone you think belongs to be on the top 100 list.


"But, but, I think this person should be on the list!!"

Perfect! Make a reply to this thread with a 1 paragraph bio about that person. Fill the bio with links to their stuff, even a picture, if you like.

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Wow. Peoples movement.
 
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Mark Shepard should be added to the list.

As should Ben Falk and Grant Shultz
 
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Darren Doherty has his name twice near the top of the list. in case it was an accident
 
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Silas Rempel wrote:Darren Doherty has his name twice near the top of the list. in case it was an accident



Thank you! I'd compiled a few lists together, and hadn't realized where there was overlap.
 
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I'm thinking what Paul would like to see in the replies for both nominations and for a "Poor Man's Poll" is a name to be given, with a short bio. Then everyone can give it a thumbs up. Like this:

Paul Wheaton

Paul Wheaton is an American permaculture author, master gardener, software engineer, and disciple of the natural agriculturist Sepp Holzer. He is known for writing his book, "Building a Better World in Your Backyard", founding Permies, the largest website devoted to permaculture, as well as for creating and publishing articles, videos, and podcasts on the subject of permaculture.

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Bill Mollison

Bruce Charles "Bill" Mollison was an Australian researcher, author, scientist, teacher and biologist. In 1981, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award "for developing and promoting the theory and practice of permaculture. (picture and bio from wikipedia)

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Rachel Carson

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose influential book Silent Spring (1962) and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.(picture and bio from wikipedia)

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Nicole Alderman wrote:

Silas Rempel wrote:Darren Doherty has his name twice near the top of the list. in case it was an accident



Thank you! I'd compiled a few lists together, and hadn't realized where there was overlap.



Your welcome
 
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Ruth Stout

Ruth Imogen Stout (June 14, 1884 – August 22, 1980) was an American author best known for her "No-Work" gardening books and techniques.

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As the years progressed, Stout refined her techniques, eventually adopting a year-round mulch which virtually eliminated the labor associated with traditional gardening. Her minimalist approach spawned a long-running series of articles in Organic Gardening and Farming magazine as well as several books.
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What about Wangari Maathai?


(April 1940 – 25 September 2011)
From the Wikpedia page on Wangari Maathai:

In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement,[2][3] an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 1984, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "converting the Kenyan ecological debate into mass action for reforestation". Maathai was an elected member of the Parliament of Kenya and between January 2003 and November 2005 served as assistant minister for environment and natural resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki. She was an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council.


From this NPR article, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai: A Global Icon Of Conservation:  

When Wangari Maathai celebrated something important — such as becoming the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize — she would plant a tree.

"That's the way I do things," she told NPR's Renee Montagne in 2004. A tree, especially a flaming red Nandi, would be a living memory. And it would bring life to some of the world's barren lands.

Maathai died of cancer Sunday in a Nairobi hospital. She was 71. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work promoting environmental stewardship, empowering women and peaceful resistance to violence.


Permies has a thread about her death in 2011 here:  Wangari Maathai has died, with links to more articles than the one above. In the thread, one commenter said Maathai was responsible for 45 million trees being planted!
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I want to add Marc Siepman; in the Netherlands he is well-known as public speaker about different permaculture-related subjects (including social permaculture, together with his wife Caroline). I want to give him one of my apple-votes and the only other vote I have.
And I give one of my apple-votes to Perrine and Charles HERVE-GRUYER in France (Bec-Hellouin).

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Three people from the UK that I think shoukd be included. I've written a little each based on wikipedia and other web links.  I would not be here if it were not for these three people.

Martin Crawford

(Martin Crawford and members of a tour in his Forest Garden in 2018)
Martin Crawford is a British author (eg. Creating a Forest Garden) who is the founder and director of the Agroforestry Research Trust which carries out research into temperate agroforestry, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops. It produces several publications and a quarterly journal, and sells plants and seeds from its forest gardens. His forest garden at Dartington was started in 1994 and is one of the oldest extant in the UK.

Ken Fern
Author of the book 'Plants for a Future' (why don't carrots grow on trees?) and co-founder of the charity PFAF which runs the useful online database of the same name, which Ken originally compiled.  Creator with his wife Addy of 'the Field' a 28 acre research site in Cornwall UK which they purchased in 1989.

Robert Adrian de Jauralde Hart
Author and father of the modern idea of temperate forest gardens, with seven layers mimicking the natural climax of temperate woodlands, and creator of one on 1/8 acre at his home in Shropshire UK.  Although since mostly cleared, his garden was the inspiration for many others in the Western world.


Sorry, I couldn't work out how to add them to the list!

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Tony Rinaudo is the inventor of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration. The method by which in short treestumps get a chance to regrow and provide food shad shelter cool and attract rain. It’s been very succesful all over Africa and has changed the lives of many and saved millions of hectares from desertification.
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I would consider Scott and Helen Nearing. They predated the official permaculture movement by a bunch of years, but anyone who has read The Good Life can see many of the principles in practice.
 
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So many people I do not know.

This guy is the best permaculture popularizer I know in Spain:
http://www.sergicaballero.com/proyecto-permacultura-les-vinyes/

Sure, there must be better people around, but he's rather famous.
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Mark Shepard is the acclaimed author of Restoration Agriculture, a guide to perennial ecosystem agriculture.  He is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, and runs New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural forest considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States. Trained in both mechanical engineering and ecology, Mark has developed and patented equipment and processes for the cultivation, harvesting and processing of forest derived agricultural products for human foods and bio fuels production. Mark is also founder and board President for the Restoration Agriculture Institute, and serves on the board of the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council. He teaches agroforestry and permaculture worldwide.
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Grant Schultz is the Founder of VersaLand, Iowa City, Iowa, and known in some circles as the "Mad Scientist of Permaculture". As a farmer-hacker-artist, Grant develops new tools and techniques for creating and managing agroecosystems, including GPS Keyline technology, custom tree planters, and electric tractors.  Leveraging a background in agricultural and commercial land management and brokerage, Grant shares innovative ways to gain land access, design a diverse farm, and create a broadacre permaculture farm that yields abundant rewards.
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Jerome Osentowski from Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute should be on the list.
 
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I likely get more solid information on Permaculture in all of its aspects from Bryant Redhawk...here on Permies.  I can't give a bio.  I only know him from here.  But he is tops in my book!
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I'd like to nominate Heather Jo Flores for this list. Heather Jo, a writer, artist, musician, organic gardener and permaculture teacher, is the founder of Food Not Lawns, and author of "Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community" and co-author, with Lucie Bardos and Marit Parker, of Permaculture Ethics and Principles: Coloring Book for All Ages!. She's also founder and director of Permaculture Women's Guild (https://www.permaculturewomen.com). Through a suite of (often free) online courses (https://courses.permaculture.link), she's done great work, along with dozens of other WiPs (women in permaculture), introducing permaculture and social permaculture to women around the world.

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I have thought of about 40 more names that would be excellent for a "top 100" but I don't think they can bump anybody already on the "top 10" list.  

If I understand correctly, Nicole, the idea is to come up with a list of contenders for the top 10 list, right?  Or, is the mission to come up with a top 100 list?

I think Alan Booker is definitely in the top 100 right now.  And will probably be in the top 10 in the next few years.

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Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems. (quote from Wheaton-labs.com image from Global Earth Repair Foundation)

 
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Rob Hopkins
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Rob Hopkins is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he initiated in 2005. Hopkins has written six books on environmentalism and activism. (quote and image from wikipedia)

According to Bill McKibben, "there’s no one on earth who's just done more [environmental] stuff – and inspired more doing – than Rob Hopkins". ()

 
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Jacqueline Freeman, author of "The Song of Increase"
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Jacqueline Freeman is co-founder of Preservation Beekeeping Council, a US nonprofit for educating new beekeepers and the public about bees–what they need, and how to help them survive and thrive. She is author of “Song of Increase: Listening to the wisdom of honeybees for kinder beekeeping and a better world.” (quote and image from National Beekeeping Foundation)

 
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Please add Wangari Maathai and see the documentary "Taking Root".
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Nicole,

What if people could have more apple votes?  I'm pretty sure that that is just a configuration.

I like the poor man's poll format so that everybody can add as many votes as they like for the people.  

I wish there was a way so that everybody could get a number of zero to 100.  That way, everybody could say "that person had contributed five times more than the person I gave a '1' to - this other person gets a '5' and THAT person gets '80'"   ---   of course, our system does not have that sort of stuff, so we make do with what we have.



 
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There are 64 people on the list right now.  

If nothing else, it would be cool to see 100.
 
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Andrew Millison is a permaculture designer and instructor based out of the Pacific Northwest. He has been studying, designing, building, and teaching permaculture since 1996. In 2009 Millison began teaching at Oregon State University where he currently teaches the Permaculture Design Course and an Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum... He founded Permaculture Rising and Permaculture Design International.[2] In 2016, he hosted an international online completely free Introduction to Permaculture course through Oregon State University. (quote from wikipedia image from Oregon State University)

 
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Sean Dembrosky, 32, owns and operates the Edible Acres project just north of Trumansburg NY (www.edibleacres.org). Formally educated in the fine arts, but focused on agriculture for the last decade, Sean has developed a farming system based on permaculture principles and forest farming. Very low tech / no tech approaches to plant propagation, polyculture development, and a focus on long term perennial food and medicine crops has enabled Sean to begin the work of developing a resilient, high calorie out for calorie in food system that requires no external sources of electricity or fuel to function.(image and quote from Greenhorns Radio)

 
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Rob Avis, PEng, is co-owner and operator of Adaptive Habitat, a leading-edge property design firm for resilient homes, acreages, and farms, and Verge Permaculture, a globally recognized award-winning education business described by Geoff Lawton as "one of North America's premier permaculture design and education companies." (Quote and image from New Society Publishers)

 
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Julie Johnston wrote:I'd like to nominate Heather Jo Flores for this list.



I was also going to nominate her. I appreciate her work and it is very accessible. She has a sliding scale and it allows those with abundance to cover costs for those who may not have financial ability to get involved. I have been on both sides of that slider and it feels very good to be able to give when I can and also participate when I don't have as much money but I am rich with time to learn. It's inspiring and creates a sense of community.
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paul wheaton wrote:If I understand correctly, Nicole, the idea is to come up with a list of contenders for the top 10 list, right?  Or, is the mission to come up with a top 100 list?

I think Alan Booker is definitely in the top 100 right now.  And will probably be in the top 10 in the next few years.



I was thinking that we could create the list of the top 100, and then from there chose the top 10 based on the votes. I guess I was trying to do both, without really having perfect tools for either.

paul wheaton wrote:Nicole,

What if people could have more apple votes?  I'm pretty sure that that is just a configuration.



I can totally increase it to 100. In fact, I just did. I placed it at 10 apples to make it a bit more egalitarian. It seems most permies have at least 10 apples, but there's a lot less who have 100.  But, we can move it to 100. That should help us fill out the top 100, while the top 10 will still have lots of voters

I like the poor man's poll format so that everybody can add as many votes as they like for the people.  



My hope was that people would do what you did, and paste each name down here in their own reply, so that everyone can find them and give them a thumbs up. Would you like me to make posts down here for the rest of the people on the list?
 
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