TCP Update: April 2014

I have not written for about a month, but I have a good reason… I was on the road for three weeks. And to top it off, I returned home just one day before the movers arrived. As I type this, my house is filled with boxes. After four years of living overseas, we are moving back to the U.S., but that is an article for another day… in fact, many of the things I am going to mention will be full articles in the near future, but I will give a brief rundown of the last month:

I left the Azores early on a Sunday morning almost a month ago, and I arrived in south-central Tennessee late that same evening. I spent a few days securing a job; I will be working in a small town ER for the next year as I transition back to the U.S. and prepare for the next phase of our life (obviously dealing with Permaculture!). I had a great time staying at The Farm in Summertown, TN. I also had a chance to visit Cliff and Jennifer at Spiral Ridge Permaculture, and to meet Dr. Alan Enzo with the Permaculture Education Center while in central Tennessee.panduan android

I then spent an amazing four days in Southern California at the Permaculture Voices Conference. While at the conference, I had a chance to briefly meet Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Allan Savory (creator of Holistic Management), and Willie Smits. I had longer conversations with Toby Hemenway, Mark Shepard, Xavier Hawk, and I got into some pretty deep conversations with Paul Wheaton (the founder of I was also fortunate to spend quite a bit of time with Byron Joel, Greg Judy, and Jack Spirko (who is also my partner with AgriTrue!). To top it off, I was able to meet quite a few other people I would now call friends, and I hope they will be mentioned in my articles in the next few months. This was an amazing experience, and I will be writing a number of articles on/about this event.
(Note: the photo at the top, going from left to right, is Byron Joel, Jack Spirko, Greg Judy, and me at the Permaculture Voices Conference)

On the day I flew out of California, I was fortunate to be able to tour Tipuana Farms in San Marcos, California. This is the first Permaculture Research Institute Master Plan Site in the United States!

Over the following week, I drove all over central and eastern Tennessee, which is where we hope to be buying land in the next year. I was able to narrow down my search areas for our future land, so this was a productive week.

I then drove through Virginia, and I was able to spend half a day touring Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm. This was a goal of mine for about fifteen years, so even though the weather was not great, it was fantastic to walk the farm. I also spent a few hours with Harvey Ussery who is the author of, in my opinion, the best homestead chicken book written to date (The Small-Scale Poultry Flock). We toured his homestead and ate a delicious, homemade chicken curry made by his wife, Ellen.

I was also able to take a tour of the P.A. Bowans Farm in Maryland. This farm was started by Sally Fallon Morell (who I very briefly met), the author of Nourishing Traditions (which is a great book) and the president of the Westin A. Price Foundation. I met Mike and Barb Haigwood at the Permaculture Voices Conference. They have been the farm managers at the P.A. Bowans Farm for the last three years. They were leaving on good terms within a few days after my visit to start consulting.

Finally, after my driving tour, I spent a few days in Washington D.C. taking a course to be re-certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support.

It was a whirlwind trip with lots of plane flights, rental car miles, and unfamiliar beds. It was fantastic to visit these amazing places and meet these amazing people. I feel like it will take a few months to fully digest and process these experiences, and I plan to share as much of what I learned, discovered, and gleaned as I can in the next few months.

But I am glad to be back with my family as we prepare for this next phase of our life together.

Gone to Permaculture Voices!

I’ll be at the Permaculture Voices Conference for the next few days. I will be enjoying the talks and workshops, I will be speaking on Saturday, and I will just be enjoying hanging out with a bunch of great Permaculture folks!

If you are there, please stop by and say hi!

I’ve been back in the U.S. for a few days, and I’ve already met some amazing Permaculturists. I’ll have lots to share when I get back!

Stay tuned!


My Interview on the Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Scott Mann on the Permaculture Podcast. We talked a bit about my background, a bit about jobs and finding your passion, and a bit more about health. It was a lot of fun, and if you are interested, you can find the interview on iTunes Podcasts (Permaculture Podcast) or on Scott’s site here:



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I’ll be Speaking at the Permaculture Voices Conference

I will be speaking at the Permaculture Voices Conference!
March 13-16, 2014 in Temecula, California

This is likely going to be the biggest Permaculture conference that has ever taken place.
Speakers include Geoff Lawton, Nadia Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan, Paul Wheaton, Jack Spirko, Elaine Ingham, and more… including me!

I think this conference is going to be historical, and I am so excited to be a part of it. If you have the opportunity to attend, I would HIGHLY recommend it. And that is not only because I will be speaking!

If you do make it, please stop by and say hello.


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