Jo Dean – 2021 Life Member

At the 2021 AGM, Permaculture Tasmania announced Jo Dean of Gentle Footprints Permaculture as one of this years new Life Members in recognition of her outstanding contribution to permaculture in Tasmania. Congratulations Jo!

Jo has been a committed and active permie for many years in the Launceston area and internationally. She successfully initiated Launceston PDCs where previously there had not been any PDCs in the north of the state run by local people.

Jo has: 
– been part of the teaching team for Introduction to Permaculture Courses at Launceston, Beaconsfield and Scottsdale.
– organized 2 Permaculture Design Courses at Northern Suburbs Community Centre and  conducted many skill share workshops at primary schools, High schools, TAFE, University and in Community since 2014.
– run Introduction to Permaculture Course with women’s groups and skill sharing workshops in villages in Fiji.
– mentored students at Launceston College to grow a hanging garden at school.
– mentored both men and women in the Afghan Hazara and Bhutanese community with gardening techniques and establishing a community garden.
–  won an award for community project with Northern Waste Management Tasmania – Swap not Shop

Jo is State Representative for Community Gardens Australia for Tasmania and actively supports Taveuni Empowerment of women support group online with their Permaculture journey.
She contributed permaculture design ideas to the Northern Transformation UTas Inveresk Precinct. Jo was also a Human Rights Award nominee for teaching Permaculture in Fiji and Launceston.

Read about our other amazing Life Members announced for 2021 here.