Permaculture Earth Artisans


About Us

Permaculture Artisans Design Team

Erik Ohlsen

Founder/Principle/Senior Designer.

Erik OhlsenErik is the Executive Director of the Permaculture Skills Center, a vocational training school which offers advanced training in ecological design, landscaping, farming and land stewardship. He is also the Founder/Principal at Permaculture Artisans, a fully licensed contracting firm specializing in the design and installation of ecological landscapes and farms throughout California.

Erik is an internationally renowned certified permaculture designer/practitioner and certified permaculture teacher. He is a well-known and seasoned activist organizer, and has been working within permaculture and activist movements since 1998. 

In the field of ecological land development and management, Erik has extensive experience with projects that range from small urban lots to 100+ broadacre design and implementation. His many years of experience observing and listening to landscape patterns, and managing installation crews and design teams, have led to an extensive knowledge of all aspects of ecological land development and planning. He is a specialist in water harvesting systems, food forest design, community organizing, facilitation, vocational education and much more.

Erik is known for his ability to inspire masses of people through his teaching style and ability to weave together complex issues into cohesive narratives that can be acted upon. Erik has worked throughout the world and currently resides in Sebastopol, California; managing his homestead, running his businesses and raising his young family.


Emily Mallard

Lead Landscape Designer

Benjamin FahrerEmily Mallard comes to Permaculture Artisans with almost ten years of experience in landscape design.  Obtaining her Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from Cornell University (2003) and a BFA in art history from Wittenberg University (1998), she brings a thoughtful and artful eye to her work, channeling the beauty of the outside world through the lens of a two dimensional world. 

Completing her coursework in permaculture design in 2012 and working with permaculture designers, her experience has broadened greatly, incorporating sustainability in all aspects of her design work.  Her talent lies in her ability to creatively solve challenging issues while understanding the building process and practicalities of creating a successful landscape. 

Emily has been working closely with Permaculture Artisans since 2011, meeting with clients, creating plans for food forests, outdoor dining areas, planting plans, irrigation plans, master landscape plans and more.   Just as seeds fly to your front door offering needed medicine, permaculture found her and has transformed the way she thinks about landscape. 


Grover Stock

Senior Design Consultant

Grover StockGrover is a long time organic food forest farmer, educator, and consultant. He was recently transplanted in Calistoga, CA to create a Biodynamic/Permaculture education site.

As a Soil Food Web Advisor, he consults with farmers and gardeners to create and maintain the dynamic living cycles of fertile soils.

He is also chairperson of the International Association of Analog Forestry, where he creates curriculum and facilitates AF practices, bridging multiple disciplines in ecology to create sustainable rural economies in communities around the globe.

Grover is a Permaculture instructor and member of the Executive Committee of the Biodynamic Association of Northern California. He serves on the faculty of the Permaculture Skills Center and is a Senior Design Consultant for Permaculture Artisans.


Ryan Bey

Project Manager

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