We incorporate our diverse skills and passions to create a diverse livelihood that is both sustainable, enjoyable, profitable and supports the ecosystem around us.
Klaus Lotz has over 30 years experience in permaculture, renewable energy and sustainable agroforestry and over 9 years experience in bio-char research and application. He holds a degree in Organic Agriculture from the University of Kassel in Germany. His experience extends to a variety of countries and climates, having lived in South America, Europe and now New Zealand. During his time in Brazil, he worked with Ernst Goetsch regenerating 250 hectares of burnt rainforest back into natural diversity and abundance. Since living in New Zealand he has completed his PDC and Permaculture diploma, taught sustainable rural development, and is currently a PDC mentor, a permaculture consultant and holds practical workshops on our farm. His extensive experience means he is efficient and professional at assessing land and knowing the best solutions to gain sustainable abundance with any landscape. As a partner of Permadynamics, he is the tutor and director of education.
Vanessa Keegan has a background in design, completing her M.A. at the Royal College of Art in London. She set up her own successful designer textile business, selling internationally. She has been exhibited in textile collections and art galleries worldwide. Becoming interested in sustainable small business practices she worked with NGOs, including Oxfam and the Inter American Foundation, as well as with collectives in Peru and Bolivia sharing her design and marketing expertise. She has a wide knowledge of permaculture practices and her expertise in design facilitates the integration of ideas into intricate visualised plans and course structure as a partner at Permadynamics.
Frida Lotz-Keegan was immersed in a permaculture lifestyle at an early age and has since studied art at Elam school of Fine Arts in Auckland. As a partner in Permadynamics, her role focuses on website design, course development, and administration. In addition she has done a research trip on permaculture, bio-dynamic, and medicinal herb farms in SE Asia, Tasmania and Europe. Her main passion is in herbal medicine, permaculture and integrating animals, in particular horses through natural horsemanship, into the functioning of our farm.
Matt Dami graduated with an M.S. in Biology from the State University of New York and has since worked on farms in the USA, New Zealand, Australia, and SE Asia ranging from goat dairies, CSA organisations to large scale permaculture farms. Being a partner of Permadynamics, his role focuses on the biological basis of our farming practices. This includes both research and education. Being actively involved in the design of our systems here, his extensive knowledge in biology provides a sound academic element to our courses, workshops and internships.
Josh Lotz-Keegan graduated from Elam School of Fine Art in Auckland and is now completing his Master of Fine Arts. He is currently working as an independent carpenter and builder and takes care of the infrastructure elements on our farm. His passion is in designing and building small sustainable homes around New Zealand.