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Neil Bertrando
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Reno, Nevada, United States
Climate Zone:
Cold Arid

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RT Permaculture

RT Permaculture

Reno, US


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Love Creek Center For Permaculture The Habitus Project True Nature Farm - Sustainable Living & Wilderness School Culture Farms East OSU Student Sustainability Center Millison Family Farms Quail Springs Permaculture Kamiah Permaculture Institute Permaculture Neighborhood Center Mesquite Meadows Gaiacraft Institute Midwest Permaculture Himalayan Permaculture Centre SouthWoods Design, MN, USA Natural Capital™ Plant Database
Andrew Millison Benjamin Fahrer Bronwyn White Cathe' Fish Chris Evans Craig Sponholtz Daniel Halsey Darren J.  Doherty eric seider Eric Toensmeier Ethan Roland Gabriel Bridges Geoff Lawton Jesse Lemieux Joey D'Elia Josh Robinson Julie Pagliaro Kelly Ware Owen Hablutzel Paul Wheaton Penny Krebiehl Rafter Sass Ferguson Robyn Francis Ryan Harb Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper Steve Gabriel Tim Auld Warren Brush
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About Neil Bertrando

Designer, Consultant, Educator

Neil Bertrando currently resides in Reno, Nevada, USA, and is a permaculture consultant, designer, and educator. He has lived and worked in the humid tropics, dry tropics, dry temperate and humid temperate climates. He has an MS in Environmental Science and Health from University of Nevada, Reno, where his research focused on effects of the urban corridor on stream health. His experience has oscillated from academic research to field studies to farm management.

Some experiences on his journey include 1) Managing a 10 acre Permaculture orchard in Puna, Hawai’i, 2) Developing sub-urban and peri-urban Permaculture projects in Reno, NV, 3) Conducting wildlife, soil and vegetation surveys and compiling baseline environmental impact reports, 4) Conducting ecosystem surveys of Mangroves in Pacific Mexico and small streams in the Hoh Rainforest in Washington State, 5) Trialing swales, Keyline pattern cultivation, windbreaks, contour tree belts, and Soil Food Web applications for biocide-free invasive weed management and non-irrigated restoration in the high desert ecosystems, 6) Trialing perennial crops and crop systems in the Great Basin 7) Working with Loping Coyote Farm running a small scale nursery 8) Working with Mindful Generations to do teaching and aid work in Haiti, and 9) Working with Dryland Solutions on creek restoration and erosion control.

He teaches Permaculture and Keyline Design courses and enjoys teaching collaboratively. He is currently partnering with Urban Roots ( to develop an AgroEcology training program for young farmers land managers.

He is passionate about Permaculture, people, plants, water, soils, collaboration, and socio-ecological processes. His current focus is on continual education and hands-on training through a combination of traditional academics, workshops, site development, demonstrations, and mentor-apprentice relationships. As a life-learner, he strives to gain experience in many aspects of Agroecology, Permaculture, and Land Management and is looking to partner with and mentor under other passionate and experienced Permaculturists, Holistic Managers, or socio-ecological systems thinkers.


Farm Road Stream Crossing references

a compilation of references on farm roads focusing on stream crossings

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

Irrigation Polypipe suppliers

3/4" -2" and larger polypipe and HDPE pipe for farm and homestead scale water supply distribution

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

Terrace building resources

a list of papers and references about building terraces

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

hybrid poplar info

quick description of my experience using these trees and some links to references

Posted almost 3 years ago (1 comments)

Perennial vegetable list for trial in High Desert

an update to the small scale nursery article and list of US sources for seeds and tuber of plants of interest

Posted about 3 years ago (1 comments)

Gravity fed Irrigation systems

a reference list and request for info on Gravity flow/fed or water-in-transit systems

Posted about 3 years ago (1 comments)

Small Scale Nurseries

some of my experiences and thoughts on small scale nurseries as a design element

Posted about 3 years ago (2 comments)

Whole Farm Fertility Course June 5-9th 2013 Wilsall, Montana

Spend 5 days learning Holistic Management and Keyline Design

Posted over 3 years ago (1 comments)

Loping Coyote Farms 2013 Annual Bareroot Plant Sale

We're having our annual bareroot plant sale Saturday April 27th from 9 am - 5 pm

Posted over 3 years ago (1 comments)

N-fixers and polycultures

starting a resource list for n-fixers. from threads and emails currently.

Posted almost 4 years ago (5 comments)

Salt Tolerant Plant list: Halophytes

focused on cold desert plants

Posted almost 4 years ago (1 comments)

Rainwater catchment outline

a brief thread on rainwater catchment

Posted almost 4 years ago (3 comments)

Design and Construction of Ferrocement tanks

A collection of articles and papers

Posted almost 4 years ago (2 comments)

12-month Permaculture Design Course, Reno, NV

A year long, 1-day per month PDC to provide a low-cost, local PDC option

Posted almost 5 years ago (0 comments)
My Badges
Consultant Aid worker PRI PDC Teacher
My Course Outline

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My Permaculture Qualifications
Pri verified
PDC @ Quail Springs
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: Nadia Lawton
Location: Quail Springs, Cuyama, California
Date: Aug 2008
Earth Activist Training
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Erik Ohlsen
Other Teachers: Starhawk Starhawk
Location: Cazadero Hills, California
Date: Sep 2004
Other course verified
Keyline Design
Type: Earthworks
Verifying teacher: Darren J. Doherty
Other Teachers: Penny Livingston-Stark
Location: Aromas, California
Date: Nov 2009
Other course unverified
Permaculture Teachers Training
Type: Teacher Training
Verifying teacher: Dave Bohnlein
Other Teachers: Michael Becker, Sam Bullock, Doug Bullock
Location: Bullock Brother's Homestead, Orcas Island, WA
Date: Aug 2007
Other course verified
Starting a Permaculture Business
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: Robyn Francis
Other Teachers: Penny Livingston-Stark
Location: Commonwheel Gardens, RDI, Bolinas, CA
Date: Jun 2009
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2 PRI PDC Graduates (list)
0 Other Course Graduates (list)
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Climate Zones
Neil Bertrando has permaculture experience in:
Cold Temperate
Cool Temperate
Wet/Dry Tropical
Wet Tropical
Dry Tropical
Cold Arid
Cold Desert

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