The Permaculture Student

A resilient, abundant future starts with permaculture education.

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photo by Sierra Hills Photography 2015.

photo by Sierra Hills Photography 2015.

Meet Matt

Matt Powers teaches permaculture and regenerative gardening and farming to families, youth, schools, and adults all over the world through his online courses, videos, and books, which are now being used on all continents (except for Antartica.) Translations of his books are already available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French and Italian coming soon. As an experienced educator with a masters degree in Education, Matt went from teaching high school students to teaching high school teachers and administrators to teaching districts and appearing at universities and conferences all over America and online, teaching permaculture and sustainable, regenerative skills and thinking. Matt provides daily inspirational and regenerative content online and is one of the most-followed permaculture teachers online with over 30,000 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of followers in his many Facebook groups and pages ranging in topics from permaculture education to entrepreneurship to gardening to fungi & more. 

Author of the first middle school and high school permaculture textbook adopted by entire school districts and implemented into core curriculum pathways, Matt’s books include The Permaculture Student 1: textbook & workbook, The Permaculture Student 2, The Magic Beans, & Permaculture for School Gardens - constituting the first-ever K-12+ curricular arc. Matt also hosts two online courses: The Permaculture Student Online and Permaculture Gardening with Matt Powers. Matt is also the host of Permaculture Tonight, an iTunes & SoundCloud podcat, and a resident horticultural and gardening expert at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company (RareSeeds.com) - he appears on their Facebook page’s LIVE feed Mon-Thurs at 3pm Central Time. READ MORE>


Matt Powers on PBS

With ‘The Permaculture Student 2’ Matt Powers has completed a great service to the younger minds of the planet — others too, especially those new to land management, will find this piece very instructive, useful, easy to read and navigate. This expansive text successfully pulls together the broad scope of topics that the Permaculture methodology attaches itself to. Matt has done a great job of distilling often quite complex information and knowledge — for users of this text, this approach will provide a excellent ‘springboard’ as readers seek to dive deeper.
— - Darren Doherty, Regrarians.org
The Permaculture Student series is a landmark in the evolution of human-ecological relationships, and this latest installment raises the bar even higher than the last. Visually compelling, intellectually enriching, and endlessly motivating, this book will enhance the resilience of people of all age groups and backgrounds for decades to come. Whether you are new to permaculture or well-seeped in its principles, The Permaculture Student 2 condenses a wealth of information into an easily digestible and thoroughly engaging format that is sure to give any reader new points of reference and insight.
I highly recommend it.
— Peter McCoy, Radical Mycology
Matt Powers’ work presents the essence of permaculture design in creative and engaging ways for young people. It is a valuable contribution towards a kinder, wiser and more ecologically balanced future for all our children. Bravo!
— Maddy Harland, editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine www.permculture.co.uk
Matt Powers has focused his permaculture energy and enthusiasm on a critical audience, the children of the world, with the permaculture message that there are positive solutions to the world’s problems and we can all engage in a meaningful life with an abundant future. This crucial commendable work which has been developed exceptionally well should be whole-heartedly supported.
— Geoff Lawton, GeoffLawtonOnline.com