Our teachers & consultants

Alexia Martinez



Born on a suburban block complete with veggie patch, fruit trees, poultry, rabbits, and a gigantic compost bay, Alexia went to live overseas as a young adult and worked in marketing, communications and corporate training.

Certified and mentored by Rosemary Morrow in Australia, she completed her teacher’s training with Rowe in July 2011.

Alexia is a new generation permaculture designer and teacher with a combined experience of over ten years in permaculture, gardening, project management and teaching.

She teaches gardening and sustainability in school and in community centres, and she develops permaculture sites both within the city sphere and the rural landscape.

“I know all about the challenges of strata-title apartment permaculture,
and inter-generational family farming!

I am the mother of an incredible little woman (we all say that about our children, eh?)
who loves ladybugs, frogs compost worms and
I am married to a wonderful man with whom I was able to get into this great human adventure
(thanks to you both!).”

Jocelyn Cutler



If a garden was made of motivation, optimism and elbow grease only there would be carrots and cabbages growing out of Joss’ ears. She heard about Permaculture while backpacking in South America and found it connected ecology to culture so nicely that she’d come home and learn more. Now she’s keen to grow a stronger connection between SydneySiders and our food systems. Oh and find a landlord who likes chooks as much as she does!

Is: Super keen Permaculture Designer & Community Development Worker

OnPaper: B Sc Environmental Biology, MSD Community Development and Permaculture Design Certificate

Loves: Growing plants, camping, crafty upcycling, crosswords, and and and the list continues!

Hates: well, hate’s a strong word…

Paula Paananen



Paula trained as a social scientist and has spent her career working in the area of community development. Since being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2004, she has used horticulture as a tool to assist people in rehabilitation and skills building. She has developed several therapeutic garden programs in addition to the Paananen’s 5 acre permaculture home site. Upon becoming accredited to train permaculture, Paula has spent several years developing permaculture projects in Uganda.

Rosemary Morrow



Born in Australia Rowe has successfully implemented community-scale permaculture systems in such diverse biospheres as Uganda, Ethiopia, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Australia and northern Europe. She is known for her effective approach to creating permaculture systems across a broad range of environments. Committed to people-care and earth-care, Rowe is one of the premier permaculture teachers and authors.

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