Paula Westmoreland
PINA Board Vice President, Joined Board in 2018
Location: USA, Upper Midwest, Minnesota

Permaculture Work

Paula Westmoreland is a permaculture designer, agroecologist, teacher, activist, and writer who started Ecological Design in 2000.  She is passionate about bringing the land back to life, laying the foundation for abundance, and finding pathways for people to reconnect to the land.  Over the last 20 years she has designed and helped transition hundreds of places including regenerative agriculture farms, public spaces, campuses, urban farms and backyards.

Founder Ecological Design

Developer and Co-Director,  Natural Capital Plant Database, with over 5000 subscribers in 70 countries

Founder Permaculture Collaborative, community of “learners” and “doers” in the Upper Midwest 

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Teacher, and Mentor at  Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate.  Helped launch Backyard Harvest, Urban Farmer Certification Program and Apprenticeship Program.

Co-Author This Perennial Land: third crops, blue earth and the road to a restorative agriculture Co-Developer online “Opportunity Maps” for perennial agriculture in Minnesota

Permaculture Training

Diploma in Site Design, Permaculture Institute of North America

Permaculture Design Certificate at CRIMPI, 2000



Trained in Agroforestry Systems with Center for Agroforestry, Holistic Management with Kirk Gadzia, Radical Mycology with Peter McCoy, Keyline Design with Darrin Doherty, AgroEcology with Sepp Holzer, Edible Forest Gardens with Dave Jacke, Soil Carbon Pathways with Dr. Christine Jones, Soil Food Web with Elaine Ingham

Master of Liberal Studies in Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture and Landscape Design, University of Minnesota, 2001

Available for Land Planning, Design and Consultation 

Favorite Quote: “All gifts are multiplied in relationship.  That is how the world keeps going”.  Robin Wall-Kimmerer

Favorite Books – Web of Life by Fritjof Capra, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall-Kimmerer, Grass, Soil, Hope by Courtney White, and Healing Earth by John Todd.