Permaculture Facilitators and Professionals

Fall 2010 Weekend PDC Class Photo

Below is a listing of those involved in the workings of the professional field of education, design, and day-in-day-out workings of Permaculture here in Cincinnati. It is a diverse group of people, young and old, new trainees and seasoned veterans, poised to make a huge impact on this very conservative city. Cincinnati has a great gap between itself and the more progressive west coast cities but we are storming forward thanks to our collective vision. Below is a short description of individuals, links to some of their other social networking sites, and their contact info.

Braden Trauth: With a BS in Industrial Design and a strong focus in Sustainability Braden has applied this knowledge to everything from designing exhibits for the New England Aquarium to developing an FDA compliant system for a million dollar Organic Products Company. During & after these experiences He traveled the world studying sustainability with the tops in the field, whether it was Housing, Energy, Green Business, or Permaculture as well as visiting the premier sites in the world demonstrating sustainability. He owned an Off Grid house known as an Earthship where he cut his teeth in sustainability working with Mike Reynolds, the creator of Earthships (, and his crew. After selling his Earthship he traveled the world studying Permaculture with the tops in the field including Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Scott Pittman, Peter Bane, and Dave Jacke just to name a few. He now focuses on sharing and demonstrating the knowledge of designing a harmonious life with the planet in the Cincinnati Bioregion. He does this through OM Valley Permaculture Design/Consultation and teaches through a developing non-profit Permaculture education organization that works very closely with UC and the College of DAAP.
Chillin' with Bill during our PDC taught by him
and Geoff Lawton in Melbourne January 2007

OM Valley Permaculture
"Evolving Humanity through Natural Design"

DOUG CROUCH: Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensive knowledge surrounding landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe ranging in contexts and climates including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping. To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture thus building off his other formal training in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into sustainability educational programming has now become Doug’s main focus as he continues his ecological design and holistic development in various ecosystems.

TreeYo Permaculture
"Creative Education and Functional Design"

Ande and Lauren Schewe have lived in the tri-state area all over and have reached into many soils and hillsides observing and tracking the story of nature and Farm life.  Designing from small infrastructure such as a garlic planting to complexity such as a farm collectives operating CSAs.  Together they feed their youth and many of friends and family as well for sure.   They mix herbsman,  yoga practices,  reverance to the earth, small primitive craft, moon guidance, seed saving and guild observance.  Both full of exciting visions of the futurescape, as well as full of historical experience through out the world's door, in institutions of structure as well as the places along the bold journey of life. Currently they run a delightful small family cottage farm business that contributes strength to the burgeoning local foods scene.

Amy Stross: Amy has a passion for helping to create a resilient local foodshed and self-sufficient community, and does this through work in her suburban edible yard, participation in an urban CSA, initiation of a Landshare project, helping in the production of the Greater Cincinnati Local Food Guide, and through the initiation of a community garden in her neighborhood.  Amy has a Masters in Education and is certified in both Permaculture Design and Community Garden Development.  She enjoys discussing gardening, community foodshed projects and self-sufficiency.

Suellyn Shupe brings a lifetime of immersion in the natural history and native wildlife of SW Ohio as well as experience in interpreting these same topics for a variety of audiences.  Her curiosity and concern for the world led her to a study of systems theory through deep ecology, and then to application of systems learning through Permaculture design.  In the process of developing her own urban homestead in the Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage, Suellyn calls upon her experience in organic gardening, cob building, and water quality education.  She is committed to supporting the Permaculture way of life for all beings by sharing her knowledge and experience with other humans.  Suellyn lives in the Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage in Price Hill, Cincinnati, and was coordinator of their Farm Project for 2009 & 2010.