Who We Are

Permaculture isn't solely about the land; it's about the heart.

Some of us are drawn to permaculture through gardening, community gardens, or organic food. Some of us are drawn to it through environmentalism and a desire to lessen our environmental impact. There are others who knows there's another way of living, one built on community, communication, intentional action, and care. If you fall into all of these categories, you've come to the right place.

This Is Us

We're Michael Schimp (he/they) & Helen Tremethick (she/they), co-founders and complementary team members of Three Acre Permaculture. Michael brings two decades of permaculture education and experience along with a long history with growing plants, arboriculture, social permaculture, and facilitation. He has founded founded community gardens, led the Seed Library initiatives, taught at Seedy Saturdays and conferences, and has a tendency to guerrilla plant native trees wherever possible. Helen brings a love of plants and nature but an affinity with the technical and admin side of things. Helen made this website you're looking at as well as the various registration forms. She also makes a decent cup of tea.

Growing Gardens, Growing Community

From our very first Three Acre Permaculture Design Certificate in 2019, we've been proud to welcome students safely and conscientiously to this space. People come from all over Ontario to learn about permaculture, get their hands in the earth, and reconnect to themselves, the land, and each other. As we've grown, we've been able to offer not only the Design Certificate based on the International PDC curriculum but also hands-on and interactive gardening courses, seed swaps, nursery products, and social events.

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Meet Your Team

Our approach to permaculture unique, engaging, and practical. Our courses always include elements of social permaculture as well as a variety of teaching styles for integrative learning. We approach permaculture with an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens and we strive as much as possible to create a safe place for people from marginalized communities.

Michael Schimp

Lead Instructor

Helen Tremethick

Admins & Things

Adrian Hodgson

Guest Instructor

Jessie Robertson

Guest Instructor


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