Laura Freund

Designer and Crew Leader at Ecological Gardens

4105 Washburn Ave. N., Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Ecological Gardens
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(612) 588-3942
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Last Updated 5/19/2016

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degree  - Environmental Horticulture as well as Nature and Land Values , University of Minnesota

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The Tao of Permaculture: An Interview with Laura Freund
PRI Cold Climate - PRI Cold Climate Interview with Laura Freund Yet it was on this day, when Laura was a young and vibrant 16 years of age, that her life found its direction. For it was on this day that Laura discovered Permaculture. At that time, not having any community to support her exploration of permaculture, Laura found her own path. "I went and got every book I could get my hands on from designing to gardening; the public library served me well but I wanted more. I decided to pursue a degree in Landscape Design at the University of Minnesota. In 2009 Laura got her Permaculture Design Certificate at Nature's Nest Farm in Montrose, Minnesota, with Cathy Rose and Mark Shepard as teachers. Laura works with Ecological Gardens as a designer and crew leader where she creates sustainable plant communities, practices rooftop farming and rainwater harvesting in urban, suburban and rural communities. In her free time, Laura experiments with plant cold hardiness; she enthusiastically raises goji berry, paw paw and peach in her front yard while supplementing soil with biochar, sea agri and compost. She also maintains a raised bed garden and propagates edible crops. Laura is interested in greening roofs for temperature regulation and goat foraging as well as the widespread incorporation of cisterns. When I asked Laura about the importance of the permaculture paradigm in both her future and that of our society, she replied, "permaculture ethics have the potential to be transformative.

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Gardening Crew Leader and Designer, email Laura works with Ecological Gardens in Design and Installation. She has a degree in Environmental Horticulture as well as Nature and Land Values from the ...

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