I’m an agroecologist and doctoral student, living in Urbana, Illinois. I came to graduate study after a decade in the global justice movement as organizer, participant, and scholar. I’ve been learning and teaching permaculture design since 2003. My work as consultant, designer, and researcher, includes projects in whole farm and homestead design, integrated mushroom production, and ecological waste and water treatment. Since 2005 I’ve been developing and sharing the Liberation Ecology workshop, a curriculum that helps participants develop strategies for integrating social justice and sustainability goals. I’m a passionate and dedicated teacher.

While I still consult and teach permaculture professionally, I spend most of my time these days doing research about it. I’m funded by the Agroecology Scholars project of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture program here at UIUC. More on my research under the Research tab above.

– Rafter Sass Ferguson