Green Festival Speakers

Penny Livingston-Stark


LivingstonStark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker.

LivingstonStark has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural nontoxic building materials. LivingstonStark specializes in site planning and the design of resourcerich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, cohousing communities, businesses and diverse yield perennial farms.

With her husband James Stark, and in collaboration with Commonweal a cancer health research and retreat center LivingstonStark comanages a 17acre certified organic and certified salmonsafe farm in Bolinas, California, called the Commonweal Garden. In addition, the Starks are stewarding and working to restore 200 acres of land in Trinity County, California.

LivingstonStark cocreated the Ecological Design Program and its curriculum at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, and she cofounded the West Marin Grower's Group, the West Marin Farmer's Market and the Community Land Trust Association of Marin. LivingstonStark has also worked with the Marin County Community Development Agency and Planning Department to develop recommendations on sustainability for updating the Community Plan.

LivingstonStark is a founding member of the Natural Building Colloquium, a national consortium of professional natural builders, creating innovations in straw bale, cob, timberframe, light clay, natural nontoxic interior finishes and other methods using natural and bioregionally appropriate materials for construction.