What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

We Nurture Ecological and Human Health

Education Education

Learn about all kinds of plants and delicious edibles in our hands-on workshops!

Consultation Consultation

Get a specific, in-depth land assessment or a general landscape overview. We detail environmental conditions, plant species, and water flow to make recommendations based on your priorities.

Design Design

We listen to your goals, perform a detailed analysis of your land through testing and monitoring, and make site-specific species selections to meet your needs.

Installation Installation

Become a steward of your custom landscape. We prepare your site, implement our design, and provide a custom maintenance schedule that will see your goals to fruition.

From the Blog

Wintertime is ideal time for design

Wintertime is ideal time for design

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

  The cold winter months are ideal for thinking and planning.  Allow us to design your dream yard this winter and be the early bird come spring!  With a design in hand you will be ready to start preparing your soil and planting as soon as the weather warms. Winter design means early spring installation, which means the first […]

Center of Life Summer Camp Students Visit Food Forest

Center of Life Summer Camp Students Visit Food Forest

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Events, Hazelwood Food Forest, News | No Comments

On Thursday, July 17, Michelle Czolba, Pittsburgh Permaculture LLC, Matt Peters, and Jim McCue hosted 60 students from the Hazelwood Center of Life Summer Camp at the food forest. The children were ages six through twelve and had a blast checking out the bugs, unripe pears and plums, herbs, and more. We were able to […]

Reflecting on Juliette’s Farewell

Reflecting on Juliette’s Farewell

This week we said goodbye to one of the founders of the Hazelwood Food Forest, Juliette Jones, and as someone who was greatly influenced by her time in Pittsburgh, I feel that it is important to reflect on her contributions to the city. Pittsburgh Permaculture, which is a design business started by Juliette and her […]

Create a garden to attract beneficial pollinators and increase biodiversity. Safely grow your own food, medicines, and dyes. Solve an irrigation problem. Build a place of solitude and deepen your connection to nature. Learn to sustain yourself from the land.

Our Team

Michelle Czolba

Michelle is a Pittsburgh native.  She came into the study of permaculture while pursuing her Master of Science in Sustainable Systems at Slippery Rock University.  She looks forward to spreading Permaculture Design through the city.

- Michelle Czolba
Juliette Olshock

Juliette has always had a passion for nature, art and teaching.  Her work with Pittsburgh Permaculture allows her to combine all three as she designs natural spaces, plays in the dirt and shares her knowledge via workshops, speaking engagements and classes.

- Juliette Olshock
Seth Nyer

Seth moved to Pittsburgh in 2011 to attend Chatham’s Masters of Food Studies program where he focused on sustainable growing systems, ecological design, and public food models. Seth is passionate about connecting the worlds of social justice and permaculture.

- Seth Nyer