Founder and Coordinator of Many Rivers Permaculture
Facilitator, Educator, Social Artist, Aspiring Farmer
Paul Wartman is a creative community facilitator and youth programmer in Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territory. Paul has worked with youth, adults, and communities in creative self expression, social justice, and permaculture for over 7 years. He is dedicated to creating community action that is people-based, cooperative, and restorative.
I am a settler with mixed Germanic ancestry born and raised by my family on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). I am a son, a brother, and a husband, who loves to grow plants, eat with family, and celebrate with song and dance! For me, it’s important to recognize that my life has been filled with love, opportunity, and creative freedom, and that as a white, cis-gender, tall, middle class, able-bodied male I am granted societal privilege which only increases my opportunities to pursue what I want. For me, this privilege is a reminder that I have a responsibility to work for equity.
In my life I work within community to design spaces and systems that help everyone to meet their needs in ways that are people & land-based, interdependent, and restorative in nature. I’ve had the pleasure of growing food and facilitating with food banks, research organizations, urban farms, CSA farms, and in home gardens, as well as schools, community centres, and peoples’ homes. My formal education is in regenerative agriculture and community engagement from the University of Guelph (B. Sc (H) 2012, and M.Sc 2015). Outside of university I am certified in Permaculture Design (2010) and as a Permaculture Teacher (2015), as well as being trained in Transition Town Initiatives.
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