Biography


Experience

Koreen has extensive background in both permaculture design and in education. She has taught permaculture design at Pine Ridge Lakota reservation, Miami, Los Angeles, the first Florida Earthship, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Gulf Coast University, Sustainable Kashi and Tuskegee University.

She is a sought after public speaker, and has given hundreds of hours of lectures. Her areas of expertise and passion are food forestry and food security, community building, and financial permaculture.

She has been involved in alternative education for close to 20 years and has been teaching permaculture regularly since 2006.  She strives to bring the subject to people in the most accessible ways, and uses a variety of creative techniques and approaches to address different learning styles, so as to bring her students to understanding and competent application of the material learned.  She enjoys co-creating and collaborating with both teaching and design work.  She is available to teach permaculture anywhere in the world.

Projects

Pine Ridge Lakota reservation in South Dakota

Koreen co-organized a sustainability and resilience project at Pine Ridge Lakota reservation in South Dakota in conjunction with the Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Environmental Revitalization Initiative. The result has been demand for and interest in sustainable food production, and natural building as a housing solution. Since 2009, she has organized several permaculture trainings including two Permaculture Design Courses, planted over 1500 trees and bushes at Pine Ridge and returns yearly to install more permaculture systems. A graduate of the PDC has built three natural buildings on the reservation and planted several community food systems.

Create Clearwater – Tampa Bay, FL,

Koreen co-founded Create Clearwater, a grassroots effort to bring permaculture solutions and community resilience to citizens of Clearwater, FL, in 2008. This inspired the creation of several other like-minded groups in other cities. As a result of its success, hundreds of gardens have been started in the area, edible plant nurseries and garden consulting businesses have been formed, and hundreds of local residents have been introduced to the concepts of regenerative living.

Haiti – 2010 earthquake response project

Koreen organized a permaculture disaster response project in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 which focused on the two primary areas of life-threatening risk – sanitation and water purification. The permaculture solution was low-tech water filtration and composting toilet systems. Tens of thousands of people now have composting toilets and are familiar with how to use them safely. This has helped prevent cholera where it is being used. She hosted two members of the Ministry of the Environment of Haiti to train as permaculture designers in the US and they are continuing to work on broad scale regenerative projects in Haiti.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition

Koreen acted as Coordinator for Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition, St Petersburg, FL during establishment phase. In this time she created an asset map and blueprint for a strategic plan, a web site with a database of local agriculture resources, and facilitated establishment of a number of Working Groups, Board of Directors and other structures. The organization has facilitated and supported a number of community garden start ups, taught dozens of people how to garden, created demonstration sites and is continuing its work.

Other projects

While in LA, Koreen worked with a permaculture project at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, created food forests, ran an exotic plant nursery, and she volunteered hundreds of hours planting, instructing and consulting with gardeners, business organizations and other leadership in Los Angeles to educate people about permaculture.

In Florida, Koreen has worked on the design team for the Florida House in Sarasota, a sustainable living demonstration site, consulted for Martin Luther King Coalition Community Garden and Hillsborough Community College food forest and started a cooperative edible landscape nursery.

Permaculture Education

Koreen studied permaculture with Robyn Francis, Larry Santoyo, Scott Pittman, Toby Hemenway, Darren Doherty, Eric Toensmeier, Wayne Weisman, and Warren Brush, and has trained in aquaponics and urban food systems with Growing Power. She has studied tracking and nature awareness with the Tom Brown Tracking School and other mentors.

You may reach Koreen Brennan at koreen@growpermaculture.com