Meet the Garden Maker: Loretta Buckner, of We Grow From Here

Loretta BucknerWe’re Making things indoors and out, this year, and planting the seeds of sustainability this year, with Loretta Buckner, owner and master gardener of We Grow from Here.

We Grow From Here was founded as a non-profit in 2010 to create community gardens, and has since blossomed into a full-time occupation for Loretta Buckner. She now runs two community garden projects, and with Real World Permaculture designs and installs permaculture ‘foodscapes’, sharing her knowledge with the community large and small in classes, workshops, and seminars.

We asked Loretta to tell us more about her organization and what she’ll be sharing with us at Gulf Coast MakerCon.


So, you ask, “What IS permaculture? Think IMG_20160303_124827604“permanent” and “culture”–what it means is that we observe patterns of nature and (re)learn from indigenous wisdom how to do things in cooperation, rather than in competition with nature, other species, and ourselves.

Most people are introduced through specific gardening methods–beyond organic, beyond sustainable–our goal is to create living, regenerative systems.  Stop by and learn more about how to create a happier, healthier, more stress-free life!

We are very excited to participate in this years MakerCon, because one of our main concerns is getting the word out as quickly as possible to as many people as we can, that the American Dream isn’t dead–it’s just slumbering beneath a mountain of debt and indoctrinated consumerism. Through adopting a few simple living tactics, anyone can reduce the amount of time and money they are spending on ‘necessaries’.


You can find Loretta in our outdoors exhibit area on the West side of the Special Events Center, where you can learn more about how to Make your life more Sustainable and about Permaculture gardening.

As Loretta likes to say, “Peace, Love and Permaculture”!

Come find it all at Gulf Coast MakerCon!”




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