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Tom Ward

Permaculture Counselor and Teacher


Contact me at siskiyoupermaculture@gmail.com.


Tom Ward is an Ecotopian old growth permie, well known in the Pacific Northwest as a trouble maker and edge pusher.  He lives off the grid in a cabin made of brushwood in the Little Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon and is cooking charcoal and weaving baskets to stay sane enough to keep dreaming of a green future.  

Tom Ward is a long time resident of the Southern Oregon bioregion first settling here in the early 70's, and has been advising farms and teaching Permaculture for over thirty years.  He has degrees in Forestry and Botany from Syracuse University and has taught at Laney College in Oakland CA., D-Q University in Davis CA, and at Thlolego Learning Centre in South Africa among many other institutes and communities.  He is presently managing a Social Forestry experimental station in Little Wolf Gulch near Ruch, OR, where he is demonstrating natural building, fuel hazard materials utilization, multiple products woods-crafting, wildlife enhancement and desert forest water management.  He joined with Melanie Mindlin and Karen Taylor in 2010 to form Siskiyou Permaculture, a business organization offering courses, counseling and design services.


Tom Ward has taught dozens of permaculture design courses, advanced permaculture courses and permaculture teachers training courses in Southern Oregon and Northern California over the last 25 years, as well as occasional jaunts farther afield.  He is a frequent guest instructor with Toby Hemenway and other instructors in the Northwest.  In conjunction with Siskiyou Permaculture, he teaches a weekend PDC each winter in Southern Oregon and advanced permaculture courses at his site in the Little Applegate, including Optical Surveying and Social Forestry.  He is the author of Greenward Ho! Herbal Home Remedies: An Ecological Approach to Sustainable Health.  Tom gives talks on all aspects of Permaculture with recent topics being Permaculture for the MassesSocial Forestry, Ecological Opportunities and Constraints of the Upper Bear Creek Basin and Becoming Indigenous to the Siskiyous.  


See the November 2010 article about Tom Ward in the Locals Guide.


Services Available


- Permaculture Counseling, including design and site opportunities analysis

- Permaculture Design Course Instructor

- Permaculture Teachers Training Course Instructor

- Advanced Topics in Permaculture Instructor

- Event Speaker


More information on services at Siskiyou Permaculture.