Marisha Auerbach's Bio

Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer, and speaker based in Portland, OR.  Marisha has lived and practiced permaculture in both urban and rural environments.   As an avid gardener and herbalist, Marisha specializes in food production, ecology, and useful plants.  Marisha believes that it is possible to respond to the current environmental challenges, lower our ecological footprint, and continue to live equally delightful lives through permaculture design.  This passion is what drives Marisha's active teaching schedule throughout the year. 

 

Permaculture Experience

Marisha Auerbach has taught over 50 permaculture design courses and numerous advanced workshops on a diversity of topics.  Since 2004, she has worked in diverse environments from the humid temperate climate of her home in Oregon to the tropical rainforest in Belize to the arid landscapes of Colorado and Montana. Marisha has a BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  She completed her permaculture design certificate with April Sampson-Kelly and  Leisure Coast Permaculture Visions in Australia in 1998.  Marisha holds advanced certificates in Keyline Design, Working with Cultural Diversity, and 2/3 World Permaculture Design.  She has also completed an advanced permaculture course with Sepp Holzer.  Marisha has offered permaculture consultancy services since 2008. 
 
Currently, Marisha teaches permaculture at the university level at  Oregon State University, and Portland Community College.  Marisha developed the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design at Bastyr University and was the lead permaculture instructor for this program from Fall 2011 - 2014. Marisha currently teaches at least two 2 week intensive permaculture design courses each year.  Marisha teaches annually at the Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize in February.

Permaculture based Food Production

Driven by her passion for local food production and permaculture systems, Marisha has developed the "Grow Your Own Produce" Workshop series.  It is possible to grow your own food year round in Portland, OR.  It surprises many people to learn that you can generate enough food for a household of 4 on a standard urban lot with good sun exposure.  Marisha has been practicing year round food production for the past 12 years.  During this time, she noticed that many people wish to grow their own food, but lack the rhythm of food production throughout the year.   From February - November, this workshop series is similar to a support group where participants learn each month what they need to do to maximize their garden yields for a year round harvest.  Handouts are provided each month including a checklist of things to do and other supplemental materials that support the theme of each month.  2017 will be the 7th year of offering this series. 
 
Marisha's plant nursery offers many of the varieties that are highlighted as reliable producers in this series.  Plants are available by appointment or at our plant sales. 
 
Marisha is also available for consultation to help you develop your landscape to meet your food needs. 

Current Projects

Marisha moved from the Wild Thyme Farm in Western Washington to Portland, OR in 2010 to develop an example of how permaculture can be applied in an urban setting.  Together with her partner, Zane Ingersoll, Marisha has been demonstrating their low impact lifestyle through the remodel and retrofit of their home and their permaculture landscaping choices.  Marisha and Zane grow most of their own food on their urban lot, capture rainwater to support the needs of the landscape, raise heirloom rabbits and chickens, welcome in wildlife, generate most of their soil fertility onsite, and share the surplus with their neighbors and community.  Marisha maintains a seed exchange and permaculture plant nursery onsite.  Plants are available from August - June.  Check our upcoming events page for future plant sales.  Marisha has been cultivating numerous medicinal herbs on site and has some herbal products available by special request. 
 
 
Marisha's neighborhood scale nursery
bunny on roof
chickens in zone 2
chickens
Polyculture planting
Kiwi Trellis
Aronia Berry in flower
Front of our home
Garlic drying
Pollinator plants
Peas!
Aerial from roof
Herb spiral
South side Grapes
grapes & tomatillos
Colutea
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Summer garden
leaves in bike trailer 2
squash 2016

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Radio Interviews

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Consultations with Marisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach specializes permaculture consultations focused on edible landscaping and local food production, in the Pacific Northwest.  Her clients have diverse interests from the design of their entire site to looking for advice on how to increase food production using their current garden model. 
 
An initial hour and a half consultation costs $120Upon booking our consultation, Marisha will provide a consultation questionnaire to learn more about your unique situation and landscape. Please return this 48 hours before our appointment.  During your consultation, we will walk your landscape and discuss how permaculture design can be applied on your site to help meet your goals. 
 
Following the initial consultation, Marisha can provide further services including a custom site design and/or implementation planning.  This is billed at an hourly rate of $80/hour. 
 
Some of Marisha's areas of expertise include:  edible landscaping, local food production, pollinator habitat, enhancing wildlife habitat, restoration, seed production, noxious weed control, soil fertility management, animal husbandry, cottage industry design, composting, orchard management, and improving drainage and water onsite.
 
In the past, clients have also contacted Marisha for help with plant identification and care in their landscape, "curb appeal", suggestions of plants that need to be removed or saved, ideas for designing front and/or back yard landscapes, discouraging pests, species index development, preventing disease, and suggestions for useful and beautiful plants to include in challenging spaces.  Marisha consults on both urban and rural properties. 
 
 

Marisha's Plant Nursery

If you are looking for unique permaculture plants and heirloom vegetables in the Portland, OR area, look no further!  Marisha has been collecting useful plants including perennial vegetables, medicinal herbs, nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, insectary plants, edible flowers, groundcovers, and berry bushes, and culinary herbs for the past decade.  Our plants are available by appointment or during our seasonal plant sales in the Spring and Fall.