I received my introduction to permaculture when I interned at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, Colorado. I didn't exactly know what I was getting myself into when I moved there, I just had a vague idea that I wanted to be involved with sustainable agriculture. My experience working alongside my mentor, Jerome Osentowski, the great crew of fellow interns and burgeoning permaculture activists, and among the world class permaculture facility was a formative experience and changed my life course.
My major work in Colorado entailed greenhouse construction using the climate battery technology developed by Jerome Osentowksi and John Cruickshank, high-altitude forest gardening, community food security projects (an edible high school yard and a heritage fruit tree adoption program), and work promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region.
After two years in Colorado, my wife and I moved to South Carolina to be closer to family. Since arriving here, I have been looking for opportunities to plug in with local individuals and groups interested in permaculture. I helped start the Charleston Permaculture Guild (http://www.facebook.com/charlestonpermacultureguild) and and currently trying to establish a permaculture learning center for our community.