Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She 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.
Livingston-Stark specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich 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, she comanages a 17-acre certified organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California, called the Commonweal Garden. In addition, she and James are stewarding and working to restore 200 acres of land in Trinity County, California.
Penny Livingston-Stark 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 of Marin. She 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.