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Frank  Wolf
Hamburg, Germany
Climate Zone:
Cool Temperate
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Quail Springs Permaculture Zaytuna Farm, The home of the permaculture Research Institute   seghersecoplant; natural waterpurification systems and growery The Transformation of Our Urban Home Permaculture Institute Permaculture garden in Deurne
Bettina Berens Bron(wyn) Elliott Carly Gillham Hubert de Kalbermatten Kirsty McArdle Sharon Carr Tessa Sare Ute Bohnsack
Aurelia Weintz Brad Lancaster Bron(wyn) Elliott Carly Gillham Geoff Lawton Maaike Mussche Sharon Carr Thomas Fischbacher Warren Brush
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About Frank Wolf

I grew up between the suburbia of my parents home, my grand-parents house in a woody area with a great garden and my not to distant living relatives who used to farm and still do some today.

As my father read "Limits to growth" and many other books I became quite familiar with all sorts of problems concerning sustainability very early in my life.
I never had a doubt that there will be a time where I will be able to use my bike to ride on the high-ways. (A little foretaste :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgQ9HqZ49yA)

But as many boys of my generation my ideas of the future where also heavily influenced by Star Trek. When I became older I even learned about Ray Kurzweils Singuarity... Well, to cut a long story short: after I learnt about more details about resources depletion (while I studied chemistry) and about the fallacies of believing in unilateral scientific solutions for problems in general (while I learnt about dynamical systems while I studied bioinformatics) I came to the conclusion that we first have to solve all sorts of problems of sustainability here on earth before we follow stupid pies in the sky.

About 3yrs ago I came across with the ideas of permaculture when I attended a course of Thomas Fischbacher about "Solutions global crisis" and I was instantly set on fire. A few days thereafter I found out the a permaculture teacher, Edouard van Diem (the only one in my town so far) lived just 120m away from my door. Although I spend my life on a bell curve, I was pretty amazed by this coincidence. I joined a permaculture community garden project nearby and started reading and did not stopped it till today. As time goes on I co-stared a garden-sharing initiative in my home town, I co-founded the transition hamburg group (now the transition town network hamburg), I co-initiated a crowd-sourcing project to translate the transition town primer from English to German, I took a course about permaculture gardening and started gardening, I took a course on bee-keeping and started to keep bees, I read a book written by Paul Stamets and began to grew mushrooms, ...

Just in September of 2011 I am proud that I could attend the pre-IPC-PDC with Geoff and Nadia Lawton, Warren Brush, Brad Lancaster and Bill Mollison as well as attending the International Permaculture Conference in Jordan. At the moment I am setting up my own courses with a focus to combine permaculture with thoughts about resilient and (financial) independent living as a prosumer (= producer + consumer) and with entrepreneurship. Although I have to admit that a permaculture future will heavily depend on knowledge and thus education and consulting will always be the most crucial part, I am a little bit dissatisfied with the fact that there are still so few permaculture entrepreneurs. I think we need a future which does not consists of corporations that distroy and some NGOs that try to limit and manage damage - the eco-social businesses of the future have to act in a different way and I am pretty eager to start my own permaculture business.
I just started to set up another permaculture garden (3/4 of an acre) with about 80 fruit trees where I will introduce some aquaculture next year and am engaged in translating 'Transition 2.0' into German.


My Permaculture Qualifications
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Permaculture Design Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: Nadia Abu Yahia Lawton, Brad Lancaster, Warren Brush, Bill Mollison
Location: Amman, Jordan
Date: Sep 2011

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