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Nate Downey
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Santa Fe, NM, United States
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Antony Lostetter francine chanover Maria Svennbeck Melissa McDonald Merry Cox Owen Hablutzel Patrick McGinn rob durham Sam Burnett-Ragueneau Shariyf Abdul Qabid
Bill Mollison Geoff Lawton
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About Nate Downey

For more than a decade, Nate Downey has written a popular monthly column called "Permaculture in Practice" for The Santa Fe New Mexican’s award-winning ‘Real Estate Guide.’ A frequent guest on public radio, a perennial presenter at green events, and the author of two books on water and sustainability, Nate is a seasoned teacher, speaker, writer, and businessman. Soon after he started Santa Fe Permaculture in 1992, Nate’s wife, Melissa McDonald, joined his forward-thinking landscape-design firm. Since then, their beautiful, functional, and ecological projects have popped up regularly in prominent publications from Su Casa to Sunset. With their boys, Liam and Keenan, Nate and Melissa share a backyard brimming with bees, bunnies, chickens, all sorts of edible plants, lots of harvested rain, and a nice little patio for building community.

Author of the recent award-winning book, “Harvest the Rain," published in 2010 by Sunstone Press, Nate brings an extensive background to his current work and practice as a designer, ‘landscape-changer’ and forward-looking writer. For over a decade, Nate has spoken, taught, and penned numerous columns, guides, and publications extending permaculture practices in vitally important ways. At home, in our backyards, in the workplace, regionally, nationally, and internationally, Nate’s work provides practical and visionary ways to be productive and add value to our lives, homes, communities, and the environment.


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Harvest the Rain Wins Another Award!

I am excited to announce that The New Mexico Book Co-op has named *Harvest the Rain* one of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award Finalist!

Posted almost 13 years ago (3 comments)

Harvest the Rain West Coast Tour

I'm currently travelling down the West Coast from Portland to San Diego on a tour promoting my book Harvest the Rain! Tour dates are listed below.

Posted almost 13 years ago (1 comments)
My Permaculture Qualifications
PRI Unverified
Two-Week Intensive w/ Bill Mollison
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Bill Mollison
Other Teachers: Derk Loeks, Scott Pittman
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Date: Apr 1991

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