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 ecological waste and water treatment, integrated mushroom production, and whole farm design. 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 hold a Jonathan Baldwin Turner Fellowship at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

– Rafter Sass Ferguson