Sean is owner and operator of Edible Acres. Edible Acres is a project in the Finger Lakes area of NY state focused on permaculture principles, forest gardening, and low cost and no cost approaches to simpler living. It's main focus is perennial, super hardy, edible and medicinal plant nursery. The Edible Acres youtube channel documents life around the concepts of homesteading, soil building, fuel reduction and nature oriented and inspired design
“I’m interested, but not overly concerned with predation of deer or other creatures. Since the only cost of propagation is usually my work, I can cope with loss of plants to animals. I notice that the animals also sow the seeds for me. For example, mice tend to do excellent work in planting cherry tree seedlings for me, and squirrels will happily plant chestnut seeds in the fall. And while deer and groundhogs love my strawberry patch, mostly they eat the leaves. Each day I practice “chop and drop” walking amongst the rows and pulling up and thinning out plants to maintain walkways. The material is allowed to compost right in the pathways between plants. In a sense the animals are “chop and drop” practitioners too.”
I actually emailed Sean when he was awarded the list, and asked him if there were any changes he'd like made to the wiki. He asked me to remove an extra bio. I made the edits happily for him. I haven't received any other emails from him, but I'm more than happy to edit his wiki however he'd like!
The People's Choice Award winners were nominated and chosen directly by those on permies. And the Maestro Award winners were chosen by the judges (who were chosen by popular vote), of which Sean was one. We're hoping to do this poll every year or two, so maybe there will be a lot more awareness of diverse permaculture leaders by then, and our winners will be very different. I think that'd be super cool!