Paula Westmoreland is an agroecologist and permaculture designer. In the 1990s she became concerned about the loss of biological diversity and was interested in finding a way to engage people in creating abundant living systems. She returned to school, getting an MLS at the University of Minnesota in ecology, sustainable agriculture, and landscape design, discovering permaculture in the process.
In 2000 she started Ecological Gardens, www.ecologicalgardens.com <http://www.ecologicalgardens.com> , and co-founded the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate,www.pricoldclimate.org <http://www.pricoldclimate.org> in 2003. She developed a plant database, www.permacultureplantdata.com <http://www.permacultureplantdata.com> , for designing polycultures, guilds and cropping systems and in 2010 co-authored a book of illustrated essays, This Perennial Land: third crops, blue earth and the road to a restorative agriculture, that provides a vision for restoring ecological health to Midwest corn and soybean country.
Over the last 15 years Paula has designed and implemented hundreds of urban and rural installations. She is passionate about connecting people with the land and jumpstarting healthy ecosystems. In her experience, the magic of this work is that by doing it we change ourselves and improve our world.