Ron Berezan is the founder and proprietor
of The Urban Farmer and is joined by
colleagues internationally in this work.
Ron Berezan is a certified permaculture teacher and designer through the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). Ron has been an organic gardener for over 30 years and permaculture practioner for over ten years. He is trained in the “Grow Biointensive” organic gardening method at Ecology Action in Willits, California and in Permaculture Design through the Kootenay Permaculture Institute and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Centre. He is a Master Gardener through the Devonian Botanic Gardens in Edmonton Alberta.
Ron has taught hundreds of permaculture and organic gardening workshops in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and the Yukon and has consulted on many permaculture and urban agriculture projects throughout the country. He has a close working relationship with the Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation and the Association of Cuban Agricultural Technicians and Foresters in Cuba and regularly takes groups of Canadians to Cuba for educational tours and permaculture internship opportunities. In recent years, Ron has developed a close working relationship with the Kanaka Bar First Nation in the BC interior.
Ron writes on a variety of permaculture, urban agriculture and organic gardening themes and has been a regular gardening commentator on CBC Radio and in a range of newspapers and gardening magazines.
Ron is an ordained deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada with an earth justice ministry focus. Known as the "Eco-Deacon" Ron coordinates the Sycamore Commons Community Permaculture Project at his home parish of St. David and St. Paul's in Powell River BC. Ron has worked with a variety of faith communities drawing the links between permaculture, Creation care and the spiritual journey.
The Urban Farmer is currently based out of Powell River, British Columbia
and offers services throughout Canada and internationally.
The Urban Farmer logo incorporates the well-known
“Three Sisters” plant guild of corn, squash and beans. Grown together for hundreds of years in Central America, these three plants form the perfect working partnership: corn provides a structure for the beans to climb on, beans fix nitrogen in the soil fertilizing the corn, and squash sprawls over the ground acting as a natural mulch to conserve moisture and inhibit weeds.