Eric Seider grew up in the suburbs of Rhode Island in The North Eastern United States, a cool temperate climate. His house was on 3/4 of an acre with a large garden, fruit trees and a short walk to the beach. He and his family would collect fresh mussels for dinner and preserve the surplus from the garden. Though too young to really appreciate it, it planted the seed which would resurface after graduating university.
Eric studied Graphic Design at university, and wilderness survival afterwards. Feeling trapped between two worlds the discovery of permaculture seemed like the best way to utilize his design and wilderness educations. The greening the desert video inspired him to take a Permaculture Design Course with world renowned Permaculture Design Consultant Geoff Lawton and soon followed that with an internship on Geoff’s farm in Australia. Eric traveled on consultancy and aid trips with Geoff and Nadia around Australia, Vietnam & China, joining Geoff and Nadia’s global permaculture consultancy team, PSC. He also became a director of The Permaculture Research Institute USA, a national non-profit with an aim of establishing self replicating demonstration sites around the world. In 2009 he worked as project manager for the Permaculture Research Institute of Jordan’s demonstration site. Working in such a harsh desert environment instilled in him a great appreciation for water conservation and the traditional Muslim setting illustrated the importance of culturally sensitive approaches & practices.
Eric has maintained a successful graphic design and brand development business while attempting to combine permaculture into the hospitality industry. The compromises proving too great personally he has grown tired of walking the fence between two worlds. This inspired a return to the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia in 2013 to focus on teaching with Geoff Lawton. Eric is now fully committed to furthering permaculture awareness through education and site design demonstration. Eric is very excited and honored to be joining the team at School of Permaculture and extremely motivated to help design in food security and soil building systems in North Texas and beyond.