Mary-Kate Carter obtained her passion for sustainability from her background in community service that produces lasting change. In working with the homeless and hunger relief organizations, the revelation of sustainability became a clear solution. Mary-Kate holds two PDC certificates from the Austin Permaculture guild and Midwest Permaculture. In addition she completed an Advanced Permaculture Teacher Training certificate and apprenticeship with Permaculture designer Bill Wilson. While completing her apprenticeship with Bill Wilson, she also served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Sustainable Community and was the founding executive director for the Savanna Institute. The Savanna Institute is one of the first non-profit research organizations to partner with university research teams to study and implement permaculture designs as an alternative to corn and soy production in the Midwest.
In meeting Nicholas Burtner, Mary-Kate found a kindred spirit, sharing the vision of the School of Permaculture’s goal to love and help as many people as possible into a more sustainable future.