WendyHoward

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About me

Wendy Howard is the steward and designer of Quinta do Vale, a 2-hectare off grid permaculture project in the mountains of Central Portugal. A biologist and ecologist, she has been practicing permaculture principles for the best part of 3 decades with 13 years at her present project.

For the last 7 years, she has been refining an original design by Anna Edey into an open source vermicomposting flush toilet system, which now has installations worldwide. She is also actively involved as a founder member of a local association, ArBOR, which acts as an umbrella organisation for regenerative projects in her area, whether environmental, social, cultural or technological. Her project hosts volunteers and interns (Erasmus+/ESC included) and courses and workshops.

Wendy hosts PDCs at Quinta do Vale together with a team of knowledgeable and experienced instructors and educates in ecoliteracy, sustainable systems design, natural building (drystone construction, round pole timber construction, cob building, earthen and lime plastering, wattle-and-daub), water retention landscaping, ecosanitation and grey water processing, renewable energy systems, forest garden/agroecological design, botany/foraging skills, food preservation techniques, and other associated skills.

Educator experience

Recuperation of abandoned and degraded land

Recuperation of fire-damaged land

Water retention landscaping

Agroecology/food forestry

Natural building

Ecosanitation and grey water systems

Aquaponics and greenhouse systems

Renewable energy and heating systems

Community reforestation initiatives

Educator skills

Natural building

Ecosanitation and grey water systems

Agroecology/food forestry

Water retention landscaping

Educator qualifications

Permaculture Design Certificate, June 2014. Geoff Lawton