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Education Track: Panel on
Permaculture in Higher Education
Matt received his Masters degree in 2008 from Portland State University through the Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning track of the Educational Leadership & Policy program. He served as a Grad Assistant to PSU’s Learning Gardens project and his master’s thesis focused on ‘The Promise of Garden-Based Education,’ engaging children’s relationship with their food, health, community, environment and education, while working directly on the school’s grounds and in adjacent urban neighborhoods.
Matt currently lives at Tryon Life Community Farm in Portland, OR, where he co-coordinates the farm’s education program, co-teaches workshops and certificate courses in Permaculture Design, leads trainings in Garden-based Education and is a former teacher and new Development Director of Mother Earth School – an outdoor school for young children located on the farm and in the surrounding forest. His primary role at MES is spearheading an effort to acquire additional land for urban green-space conservation and grade school expansion. He also serves as a local organizer for Gaia University and is pursuing a post-Masters degree.