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Damian Lester
Joshua Tree, CA, United States
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Jawaseri School Garden Project Al Baydha Project Klien Karoo Sustainable Dryland Permaculture Project Permaculture Egypt Bait Ali aquaponic farm Habiba Organic Farm Zumot (Re)Forestation Project Mesquite Meadows
Jill Giegerich Nicholas Holmes Susan LeSage Tim DeLorey
Geoff Lawton Kyle Chamberlain
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About Damian Lester

I spent six years living in Eugene, Oregon in the early '00s. During that time I worked for Permaculture Designer Heiko Koester of Urban Eco Gardens. He taught me a lot about how to take care of plants and trees and soil, along with composting, the value of diversity, and just generally shared his enthusiasm about the natural world. I also at that time was deeply involved in Wilderness Awareness School's Kamana Naturalist Training Program. Which took a balanced, left AND right brain approach to learning about the ecology of your specific place on planet earth.
When I moved back to my small, high-desert home town of Joshua Tree, California I began a process of integrating and transfering the knowledge I had gained in the drippy-wet Pacific Northwest to this polar opposite dry, prickly and starkly beautiful desert. After several years of getting settled, watching the desert's natural cycles and being a working musician for money, I was moved to get involved with permaculture in a much deeper way. Partly, I credit the Transition Town movement, which appeared in my town, and helped rekindle that fire, but for whatever reason, I felt an absolute need arise inside me to start moving, little by little, towards a world where humanity lives in harmonious relationship with nature.
I took my PDC in Geoff Lawton's first-ever online course, drinking in the precious information, while contemplating this very dry desert I live in. After my PDC, I have continued my studies taking a more specifically focused drylands orientation: learning about desert plants, native cultures of my region, desertification, rainwater harvesting, and water issues in general. Now I am designing for friends, family, and my neigborhood--gaining valuable experience by getting to implement my designs and see what works in this very unique place.


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Geoff Lawton's Permaculture Design Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Online
Date: May 2013

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