Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tara Rae currently garden-farms on the Front Range of Colorado. She began studying permaculture in 2003, receiving her first certificate in 2010 and a Permaculture Teachers Certificate in 2012. Since then, she has received several Advanced Permaculture Design Certificates (2013-2015) and has studied under Sandy Cruz, Becky Elder, Peter Bane, Adam Brock, Jason Gerhardt, Eric Toensmeier, Brad Lancaster and Mark Shepard.
Tara teaches at her home as well as around the state of Colorado for various permaculture and urban farming classes, schools and festivals. She has managed several greenhouses and USDA-organic, organic and permaculture farms with experience in 3 climate zones—cool and wet, cool and dry, and warm and wet.
Over the past 15 years, Tara has worked in varying fields of biology, agronomy and environmental science including laboratories, nature centers, farms and jungles. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ecology, is a Certified Ecologist and works as an environmental scientist in the consulting world, as well as taking on a couple permaculture design clients every year. Her passion for sustainable living has led her to volunteer for the Sustain Arvada Advisory Board to City Council, making recommendations for sustainable community development and vitality. She can be found at her website www.tararaedesigns.com.
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