Terry Meer

Terry Meer

Terry Meer started teaching environmental classes in 2008 in Orlando, Florida at his home on topics including water catchment systems, solar energy, organic gardening, permaculture design and other green technologies. As he started to gain more students, he began to expand his teaching, public appearances, and writings. Terry currently teaches and speaks around the world about sacred ecology and permaculture.

Terry Meer is the Director of Sustainable Kashi at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida. Kashi includes interfaith temples, food forests, intensive gardens, and an off-grid eco-village on an 80-acre intentional community. Terry’s work builds a bridge between the spiritual heart and ecology to create abundance and community. His teaching of combining permaculture closed-loop systems and deep spiritual practices has been called “sacred ecology”. This practice can produce rich soil in our hearts creating a fertile ground for the manifestation of abundance and happiness in our lives.

 
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Andy Firk

Andy Firk

Andy’s pleasure is working with plants. His deepest field of study has been with the wild edible and medicinal plants that grace Florida’s wild places. He is author of “Florida Foraging: Volume One: 150 Common Wild Edible Plants of Florida” to be printed in the Spring of 2018. Human systems such as: gift economies, barter networks, frugal living, primitive skills, guerrilla fruit tree planting, and peaceful anarchy “excite the be-jesus” out of him. He is the administrator of De Soto county’s free barter network. Andy has been a wildcrafter since the age of 15. He has gathered wild herbs for Herb-Pharm and herbalists across the country. Avid hiking and travels across Florida have resulted in the collection of 30,000 wild plant, gardening, and wildlife photos. Since 1993 he has stewarded the two acre food forest and homestead Bamboo Grove in Arcadia. The property is home to a great collection of perennial vegetables and herbs that includes: over 200 heirloom fruits, 35 clumping bamboo species, medicinal plants, natives, a permaculture plants nursery and more.. All are welcome to contact him for a tour and free plants to sample. He has given away over 10,000 potted plants. “I specialize in true yams and culinary gingers. I travel anywhere in the state to obtain new and rare useful plants. I have visited over 1,000 parks, homesteads and farms in Florida in search of unusual plants. ” Andy also stewards the Ithaca Forest Farm of upstate New York which is currently for sale to the right buyer. Bamboo Grove is host to four large garden parties each year in varied themes like ‘Bamboos’ and ‘Hardy Fruits’, and always include plant swaps. In April 2015, Andy began hosting wild edible plant walks, often featuring other leading and expert teachers. Over 30,000 people have attended these walks, and he leads as many as two each month throughout the state of Florida. . He is the founder of YamFest! – the annual perennial vegetables celebration that was first hosted at HEART in Lake Wales. He presents slideshows for the Florida Herbal Conference, Permaculture Yogi, EarthFirst!, the Sustainable Living Conference , and our Florida Permaculture Convergence, and other events. These slideshows explore many topics, such as: Clumping Bamboos, Culinary Gingers, Perennial Veggies, Wild Edibles, the magnificent life of the gulf including butterflies, and their host plants. He also has presented studies on the wild plant foods of indigenous tribes; touring the food forests of Florida; and is working to propagate and reestablish several endangered cacti species. He is an avid shell fossil hunter. He enjoys hosting community dinners, and leading fruit safaris..

 
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Greg Noonan

Greg Noonan

Greg Noonan is a fourth generation grower, a schemer and a dreamer. Originally from NC, Greg came to Orlando with the hopes of getting involved with the growing sustainability industry in FL, and began working for Fleet Farming, where he manages a permacultural design and installation program called “Edible Landscapes. ” He is excited and honored to continue learning the art/science/meditation of working with our beautiful abundant earth and supporting regenerative communities.

 
Jeff Trapani

Jeff Trapani

Jeff Trapani is the Program & Education Director for Orlando Permaculture, a 501c3 non-profit in Orlando Florida. Its mission is to promote social and environmental change through educational programs which empower people to create more resilient and abundant communities using local resources and regenerative practices. Orlando Permaculture holds monthly skill exchanges, workshops/action days, and cooking classes.


Over the past 5 years, Jeff transformed his small yard in an Orlando suburb into an edible/medicinal garden with solar, rainwater collection, solar and biogas cooking systems. His goal is to create an affordable and attractive model of sustainability and community that can be reproduced on different scales around the country.

Outside of the permaculture world, Jeff works for International Connections Academy (iNaCA), teaching science and sustainability to middle school students around the world. He uses his permaculture knowledge to help students design sustainability projects in their communities, such as tree plantings, biodiversity gardens, and beach/park cleanups.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/orlandopermaculture
Instagram: nature_hacker
Email: jeff.trapani@yahoo.com

 
Juliane Miklos

Juliane Miklos

I'm Juliane, a teacher, gardener, and medicine maker. Born and raised in South Florida, I'm a self-titled baby Herbalist. My herbal journey began a few summers ago at Medicina Tropical, under the guidance of Julia Onnie-Hay, Paula Diaz, and Monique Moyer. It was there, that I fell in love with tropical plants and the medicines we can all make from them. I continued my studies with Julia Onnie-Hay through her Magic City Herbalist course and with the Holistic School of Living's, Roots of Herbalism and Family Herbalist Course. Throughout my studies, I've tended and grown herbal gardens, which have been my greatest teachers. There's nothing better to me than communing with the plant spirits, hands deep in the earth. I started my own herbal apothecary and gardening business, the Garden Jules, based out of Boca Raton, FL in March of 2018. I've been a tea maiden at Yaxche Tearoom in Delray Beach, FL since October 2016. Through my life, I hope to share my enthusiasm of the plants, to inspire you to start growing your own herbal oasis and to start making your own herbal medicines!

 
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Jon Martin

Jon Martin

Jon Martin is a Florida mycologist focused on mushroom identification, cultivation, cooking and photography. Through relatable, practical, and witty ways of teaching, he inspires others to explore the world of mycology and observe nature intentionally. From their significant role in an ecosystem, to their beauty and seemingly endless potential, Jon is inspired by mushrooms and spends as much time as possible out in nature getting to know their many forms. As a community mycologist, he leads educational mushroom hikes, instructs workshops at various locations including REI, Leu Gardens, Mead Gardens, and others, as well as conducts periodic fungi surveys on designated properties. He records data for local parks and mycologists, captures beautiful photographs of mushrooms, and makes specimen contributions to mycology research. He is also a foray leader and trusted identifier with the Florida Academic Lichen & Fungi Enthusiasts League (FALAFEL) based out of the University of Florida. His passions extend beyond field work and into the kitchen where he crafts mushroom-infused superfoods such as Gaia Granola, sold through his business Fungi Jon LLC. He also enjoys making tempeh, kombucha, and other fermented fungal foods.