Fionn Quinlan

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Fionn has close to thirty years experience in working with the land and the learning processes associated with it. He was raised on the North Coast of NSW. Between surfing, fishing and school, Fionn worked on his parents 72 acre cattle farm. Usual chores included tending to chickens and cattle, native regeneration, dry-stone walling, and general maintenance of house gardens including the polyculture orchard and vegetable patch. Throughout his twenties, Fionn studied music, education, international development and travelled the world as an alternative and sustainable educator working with various international and grassroots non-governmental organisations in India, Cambodia and Ghana, as well as governmental schools in the UK and Australia. More recently, Fionn has worked and volunteered on a number of permaculture projects in the UK and Australia, working and studying alongside some of Permaculture’s pioneers including Graham Bell, Robyn Francis, David Spicer, Geoff Lawton and David Holmgren. He obtained his Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificate with Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna farm in 2015, and is now working with his life partner Laura, to convert a degraded cow pasture in the Northern NSW sub-tropical village ‘The Channon’ into a fully functioning and abundant permaculture demonstration site;¬†Djaning.


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