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James Manning
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Minneola, Florida, United States
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Sub tropical
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St. James Garden

St. James Garden

Minneola, US


(projects i'm following)

Casa Azul Mountain Tranquility Farm The Orlando Center for Urban Permaculture Windermere Backyard Permaculture Cleburne Gardens
Nes Abdu
Alan Enzo Geoff Lawton Tim Eastham
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About James Manning

Lifelong Florida resident. I grew up on 5 acres at the highest point of the Lake Wales Ridge, and helped my father rebuild it from a rundown cow pasture by planting an abundance of trees and plants and having a family garden. The outdoors and plant life in general was an early part of my life.

Having spent 15 years in the IT industry I began to try to reconnect with some of that by hiking throughout Florida on weekends. Hiking definitely re-established that connection with what I felt was "real" and tangible.

From there the fascination was set aflame by reading Phil Nauta's book on Building Soil Naturally. I was astounded by the soil life and processes that take place under our feet, what's more I was astounded that I was fascinated by dirt!

After that I stumbled on Permaculture Design and was hooked. Encountering a system that is holistic and works to mimic nature and is largely self-serving was all it took.

I went on to achieve my PDC from Dr. Alan Enzo.

As of mid-2020 I am working to implement (and adjust) my PDC design at my residence. It will serve as a learning, research, propagation, and demonstration site.

I am working now to lay the foundation for a consultancy in mid-2021 and to transition my career in that direction.


Thoughts on Mulching with Wood Chips

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My Permaculture Qualifications
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Dr. Alan Enzo
Location: Online
Date: Jan 2018

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