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Matt Bibeau: Education Track: Panel on Permaculture in Higher Education
Matt Bibeau

Education Track: Panel on
Permaculture in Higher Education

Presentation description.
With employment experience ranging from research and restoration work in the mountains of Sequoia & King’s Canyon National Parks to residential youth counseling in cities of both U.S. coasts, Matt has witnessed a breadth of the impacts of humans living out of balance with their environments and the consequences of this imbalance. He has also recognized the necessity for faster and more coordinated progress towards naming and addressing the patterns most responsible for the disintegration of our ecological literacy, our sense of place and belonging and our participation in local food production.

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.

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