About Us

The Permaculture Guild was founded in October 2008 by Ken Benway and Gerry Segal for the purpose of supporting and teaching permaculture design courses in the southeastern United States with a major focus within Florida.

Ken Benway has been a technical designer for most of his business career. He became an advocate for natural systems when his daughter was enrolled in Waldorf Education in St Petersburg, FL. He soon was introduced to Bio-Dynamic Farming by fellow parents and friends of his daughters class. In this conference he first heard the phrase Permaculture and he was hooked on whole system human habitat design science. He has spent the last 15 years dedicated to the practice and study of everything permaculture.

Cristy Abbott has been a long time compost and worm advocate. She completed her Permaculture Design Course in Gainesville, FL December, 2009. Since that time she has participated in the Leadership team of Gais’s Guardians of St Petersburg, FL. She has been a strong advocate of the Tampa Bay Time Bank. She has a strong knowledge of local plant life and is a notorious seed saver.

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