Nashville Permaculture is:


Alan Enzo, Ph.D., M.B.A. – Director, Lead Designer, Lead Instructor


Founder – Permaculture Education Center and Nashville Permaculture

Dr. Enzo (also known as “Enzo”) is an award-winning researcher and consultant in Permaculture Design, Ecological Economics, Sustainable Business Development, and Emergency Management & Preparedness. He is Director of the Nashville Permaculture Guild and works on projects in Middle Tennessee, Southeastern US, and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics, an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business Development, and is a Mollison Permaculture Research Institute (PRI-Certified) Permaculture Design Teacher and Consultant.

Enzo began his career as an Environmental Remediation Project Manager, responding to oil spills, train wrecks, chemical disasters, factory explosions, and natural disasters. He also worked in government as an Emergency Management Officer, where he was intimately involved in the responses to Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, among other state/federal emergencies.

Enzo has extensive experience in management, economics, and sustainability consulting for corporations, non-profits, universities, state and local governments, ecovillages, intentional communities, organic farms, and individual homesteads. Enzo received his Permaculture Design Certificate from the Mollison Permaculture Research Institute (the original Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) in Australia founded by Bill Mollison). He has received advanced training in Natural Building, Ecological Earthworks, Agroforestry, food forest design, and ecovillage design. Enzo is passionate about alternative local economic systems, natural building, appropriate technology, forest farming, and helping students and clients start their own businesses.


Ben Bishop – Lead Designer, Lead Instructor

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Ben Bishop is a Permaculture designer and educator based out of Nashville TN. Studying nutritional sciences at the University of Connecticut, he gained a deep understanding of the importance of fresh local food in the human diet. He has studied Permaculture Design under Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge Permaculture in Summertown Tennessee and with Stephen Brooks and Itai Dolev Hauben at the  Punta Mona Permaculture Educational Center in Limon, Costa Rica.
Ben specializes in designing food producing systems in urban and suburban settings focusing on low-input gardens, food forests, and water catchment.


Jessica Enzo – Permaculture Designer, Lead Instructor, and Vegetarian Cooking Teacher

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Jessica Enzo is a certified Permaculture teacher and consultant, and is also a certified Health Coach specializing in Integrative Nutrition. She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Zev Friedman and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton in Asheville, NC. Jessica has a love of natural landscapes and an eye for patterns and appropriate design. These skills brought her to the study of Permaculture, and have helped her develop into a great Permaculture teacher and designer. She has a B. A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University, and is a certified teacher. Jessica taught 6th grade Ancient History from 2006 to 2010. Her passion and desire is to demonstrate and share her love of Permaculture Design, Healthy Living, and Vegetarian cooking with as many people as possible.

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Other Designers, Instructors, & Co-conspirators:

Steve Hart – Lead Designer, Instructor, & Consultant
Art Freeman – Lead Designer, Instructor, & Consultant

Katey Culver – Lead Designer, Instructor, & Consultant

Howard Switzer – Lead Designer, Instructor, & Consultant
Paul Freeman – Lead Designer & Consultant 


Fred and Mary Beth Tanner – Designers, Instructors, and Consultants
Cindy Moonrose – Instructor & Consultant
Stuart Moore – Lead Designer & Consultant
Sunny Baer – Designer & Consultant
Kevin Phillips – Consultant
Brian Dugas – Consultant

— and more to come! – Podcast Interview with Alan Enzo and Ben Bishop of Nashville Permaculture:





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by: Thiago Storino, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil