Cristy Abbott is a Certified Permaculture Educator, Practitioner and Consultant who shares her knowledge with children and adults, alike in Permaculture Ethics and Principles for over a decade. She is experienced in regenerative farming practices, urban agriculture, soil building, and seed saving. Cristy currently volunteers at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm - a nonprofit, community supported urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa, FL. She is passionate about educating people on the topics of biodiversity and the relationships between soil, plants, animals, and planetary patterns as they relate to the process of farming.
Cristy has been involved in developing and operating many large and small-scale community gardens and farms, and is passionate about community building and cooperative housing. In fact, she was on a team of leaders that founded the Faith House Community Garden in St. Petersburg, FL in 2010. The garden received attention from the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) and is now called the 15th St AgriHub (also known as the St. Pete Eco Village). This community garden, on the edge of downtown St Petersburg is a Permaculture demonstration site to provide education and hands-on experience. Originally, the Faith House Community Garden, a project that began with Gaia’s Garden book study club.
Her students have gone on to create projects such as the Tampa Bay Time Bank, rainwater catchment systems, yoga training, community co-housing, and other community-building projects.
Five years on the Annual Florida Permaculture Convergence planning committee.
Since 1973 Tom Carroll has been involved with transformation and planetary healing through a wide representation of disciplines that brought him to Florida in 2002. In 2005 he got involved with the Barefoot Gardeners in Polk County, and soon after connected with the sustainable living and permaculture communities.
In 2008 together with Peg Campbell and Jon Butts of the WMNF Sustainable Living Show he founded the Sustainable Living Conference series at All World Acres in Plant City, where many people in Central Florida first met and learning of organic and sustainability practices. In 2012 he attended the first Florida Permaculture Convergence at Wallaby Ranch and has since volunteered as a staff assistant at each event. In 2016 he was welcomed to join the board and planning committee, and in 2017 visioned the Grant Endowment program which funds permaculture projects with proceeds from the annual events.
He is currently enrolled as a student at Grow Permaculture of Brooksville, where he is completing his first PDC.
Terry learned the importance of our limited natural resources early in life. He was bestowed a true love for nature and ecology living so connected to the rhythms of the earth. He studied human behavior in college and worked as a Behavior Analyst with non-verbal children with Autism for 15 years. Learning the value of listening without using words, his human behavior experience met his deep-rooted love for nature and transcended into the field of Sacred Ecology. He began to seek out workshops on building relationships with nature and quickly discovered Permaculture. He has studied with Permaculture experts including John Jeavons, Eric Toensmeier, and David Jackie and sacred ecology wisdom keepers including John Milton and Sandra Ingerman during his 20-year quest for knowledge. Terry has taught classes on permaculture and closed loop eco-systems across the globe including the United States, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Australia, Panama, and in the Bahamas. Thru his work he builds a bridge between ecology and the human heart creating more healthy and happy humans on planet Earth. Terry is dedicated to teaching the Sacred Ecology philosophy to help connect people with the planet we all share.
Tara Lynn Hubbard
Tara Lynn is an entrepreneur, yoga teacher, and dedicated to understanding and enhancing the human experience. A new student of permaculture, she immediately felt enamored by the philosophy. Originally applying the ethics of permaculture to her yoga practice and teaching, she had the chance to steward a retired orange grove in Florida and jumped on the opportunity. She was able to motivate all members of the project to adopt permaculture principles, and they soon turned their forgotten acreage into a successful model of “agritourism”. Accepting overnight guests, designing immersive event spaces, planting abundant food forests, and so much more has gone into what is now known as Wonderfield Farm and Grove – the location for the 2021 Florida Permaculture Convergence.
Shanti has been working with bamboo since the mid-90’s. She moved to Florida to work for Walt Disney Imagineering as their bamboo and ornamental grass specialist on the Animal Kingdom Project and following that project began her own farm. She became interested in the medicinal uses of bamboo and pioneered the use of bamboos for teas and supplements in 2008 when she began her company Bamboo Leaf Tea. She has since become a bamboo nutraceutical specialist using all of the parts of the plants to make medicines and speaks globally on the topic to promote the use of bamboo. “Health and wellness should be available to all people and the massive potential availability of bamboos along with their high mineral content allow them to play a social equalizing role – knowledge of how to use them being the key, that is my job”
Born in the Jungles of the island of Guam, David takes a “Natures the Teacher” Approach to all of his Play/Work in Permaculture. Listening and observing the patterns of nature, sharing what he sees with the world and coaching systems into abundance. Second to being a student of nature, David was a student of and mentored by Geoff Lawton. David received his PDC from Permaculture Research Institute Australia. After years of research and development on his 120 acre farm in Oklahoma, David Now travels the world, Teaching and consulting in permaculture. David specialises in large scale land restoration projects, many of which are focused on water and nutrient flow. David also is focusing half of his work now on discussions and research on permaculture of how we can relate as humans in more harmony.
David believes Permaculture is not about what we know, it is about us realising, we know very little, and constantly stopping and soaking in all of nature in every moment, then dancing in harmony.