Nicholas Burtner

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Nicholas is a permaculture practitioner, advocate, consultant, teacher and speaker. After a greater calling in 2011, permaculture found Nicholas and since has filled him with an endless passion that has led him to many travels, learning, spreading, and practicing permaculture and natural living ever since.

Apart from consulting and designing properties across a large arena of different climates and bio-regions, Nicholas has attended internships at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia under the leadership of Geoff and Nadia Lawton. He also obtained a permaculture design certification from Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison. Nicholas has also attended the Earthship Academy for natural and recycled building construction in Toas, NM under the guidance of Michael Reynolds.
After very worthwhile learning, and on the ground experiences, Nicholas opened Working With Nature Permaculture Learning, Research, and Healing Center in late 2012 which is now School of Permaculture. The school has both an urban and a rural demonstration / educational site which offer hands on experience as well as class room learning. School of Permaculture’s website offers permaculture related tips, videos, and articles on a mostly daily basis.

World Changer Interview Series – Nicholas Burtner Interviews Joel Salatin

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If you are into Joel Salatin and especially if you are into history, you will not want to miss this interview. Nicholas Burtner sits down with Joel as he graciously pours out history of some of the origins of the ideas on pasture poultry, electric fencing, irrigation for farms, and more that him and his dad helped pioneer. A really informative and fun interview await.

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Close Proximity Duck System

Close Proximity Duck System

Nicholas Burtner visits Jack Spirko, owner of The Survival Podcast, at his Nine Mile Farm where just a few years ago was a rocky barren dried up landscape. Jack integrated a paddock shifting system and in just a short amount of time – everything has greened up. It is simple and anyone can do it. This video is a really good example of how a little bit of planning can […]

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Permaculture Suburban Planning

Permaculture Suburban Planning

Get inspired with some footage of Davis California’s Village Homes. Nicholas Burtner visits and see how these strategies and techniques combined with appropriate technology over the last 50 years can make amazing future suburban sites! Visit his Website: http://schoolofpermaculture.com/ Visit his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolofpermaculture

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Mediterranean Tree Guilds That Work!

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Nicholas Burtner is again with the awesome Loren Luyendyk at a Mediterranean food forest he helped established roughly 7 years ago. Take a yander at the very established lists of trees, a short history, and some tips for each one in that is in this set up. Really awesome stuff!

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Take Permaculture to Haiti

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The Aid and Orphanage program was birthed in the heart of Nicholas Burtner, Director of the School of Permaculture, with the belief that permaculture and holistic practices truly help and empower the dis-empowered and needy. School of Permaculture provides aid to orphanages, children’s homes, women’s shelters, and struggling agricultural farms (called “aid sites”) by redesigning their environments and providing local training and site design. Regenerative sustainability is key to providing […]

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World Changer Interview Series – Nicholas Burtner Interviews Elaine Ingham

The world’s leading soil scientist and creator of the Soil Food Web, Dr Elaine Ingham, sits down to a fun and down to earth interview with Nicholas Burtner where she answers many questions of how she got to be where she is today, plus many other GMO and soil goodies.

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Computer Generated Plan Drawings Versus Hand Sketched Plan Drawings

Somewhere near the early 2000’s I was co-founder of an architectural rendering firm that specialized in creating 3D renderings for architects using a computer graphic software called 3D Studio Viz. This was a specialized 3D animation software that was geared specifically to the architectural industry and was offered around the time that software giant Autodesk (who owns autocad) bought the 3D Studio company and started marketing 3D Studio under the […]

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What Should I Charge as a Permaculture Design Consultant?

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Over the last few years I have spent a good amount of time working on a variety of different permaculture designs and consultations in different parts of the US and abroad. Even though some techniques and strategies are similar, which mostly remain the same (chicken tractoring, cattle grazing, swales, contour plowing, sheet mulched gardens, water storage etc…), every consultation has presented their own set of challenges and restrictions that have […]

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Problems/Solutions to Permaculture Design Course Formats (Texas)

The original Permaculture Design Course format was three weeks long. The first two weeks taught the bulk content of the course and the last week was filled with networking (this was even before fax). Since then the course has had many re-formats and in its most advertised form is held as a two week intensive which works exceptionally well when hosted at an already established permaculture site that attracts students […]

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