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Erik Ohlsen
Sebastopol, CA, United States
Climate Zone:
Cool Temperate
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My Projects

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"The Backyard"

"The Backyard"

Yorkville, US

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About Erik Ohlsen

Erik Ohlsen is a licensed contractor, Founder and owner of Permaculture Artisans (Ecological farm and landscape company).

Erik is a renowned Certified Permaculture designer, and Certified Permaculture teacher and has been practicing permaculture and ecological design since 1998 when he co-founded his first non-profit called Planting Earth Activation, PEA. This charitable organization designed and installed community gardens in northern California for public and private use from 1998-2001.

In the field of ecological land development and management Erik has extensive experience with projects that range from small urban lots to 100+ broad acre design and implementation. His many years of experience, observation and listening of landscape patterns, managing installation crews and design teams, and his understanding of ecology make Erik a leader in the field of ecological landscape development.

Erik’s design and field experience comprise of a huge variety of skills including, farm design and implementation, water harvesting/storm water management, erosion control, extensive earthwork operations, heavy machine operating, irrigation systems, ponds, food forests/orcharding systems, native plant systems, wildlife habitat enhancement, integrated pest management, microclimate moderation, roof water catchment systems, sustainable forestry, soil building, vermaculture, hardscape design and implementation, client relations specialist, project management, and much, much more.

Erik has an innate ability to integrate a variety of disciplines into a holistic framework through facilitation of diverse groups of individuals and professionals. This skill is why many organizations and professionals in related fields to permaculture want to work closely with Permaculture Artisans to achieve excellence in their projects while benefiting entire ecological systems and communities.

Erik has been teaching Permaculture design and implementation since 2001 and is known in northern California as a premier teacher of Permaculture. His engaging and energetic teaching style has captivated hundreds of permaculture students from all over the world.

Erik has taught courses in Permaculture and related subjects throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. He currently teaches with the Earth Activist Training, the Regenerative Design Institute and with The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.


My Badges
Consultant Aid worker Pdc teacher
My Permaculture Qualifications
OAEC Permaculture Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Penny Livingston-Stark
Other Teachers: Brock Dolman
Location: Occidental, California USA
Date: Mar 1998
Earth Activist Training
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Starhawk Starhawk
Other Teachers: Penny Livingston-Stark
Location: Cazadero,CA USA
Date: Jan 2001
Other course verified
Keyline Design Course
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Darren J. Doherty
Location: Petaluma,CA USA
Date: Jan 2008
Other course verified
Permaculture Teachers Training
Type: Teacher Training
Verifying teacher: Christopher Peck
Other Teachers: Michael Kramer
Location: Big Island, Hawaii USA
Date: Apr 2002
4 PDC Graduates (list)
0 PRI PDC Graduates (list)
0 Other Course Graduates (list)
have acknowledged being taught by Erik Ohlsen
3 have not yet been verified (list)
Climate Zones
Erik Ohlsen has permaculture experience in:
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate

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