Jonathan Bates

Jonathan Bates thrives on working with others to better the world. He’s been creating rural and urban gardens for over a decade, and is a codesigner and healthy inhabitant of the low-maintenance, resilient, abundantly diverse edible forest garden featured in the book Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, which he coauthored with Eric Toensmeier.

Bates also runs Food Forest Farm, a business specializing in permaculture education and sales of useful and edible plants, where he designed and built a bioshelter greenhouse that includes a temperate solar-powered aquaponic system filtered with biochar.