Since 1981, Douglas Bullock has lived with his extended family, friends, and skill builders on their Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. Douglas has facilitated or directly participated in comprehensive Permaculture projects and classes at their site and at sites around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Hawai'i, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, Poland, California and Washington.
Having traveled extensively collecting and studying agricultural systems, he is familiar with a wide range of climate strategies and crops. His specialties include permaculture design, tree crops, nursery practices, creating small and large-scale wetland environments, and implementing appropriate technologies. Douglas has also written articles and pamphlets on permaculture featured in the Permaculture Activist and in the International Permaculture Journal.
Douglas, it has been told, put the "cult" in Permaculture.
Maria Bullock came from Poland to study permaculture in Hawai'i in 1999. Ever since she has been living and working on the Bullock Homestead. Along with being Orcas Islands premier aerial acrobatic instructor, she and her husband Douglas are raising two amazing permaculture kids, Kajetan and Naya. Working with native bullrush, red osier dogwood and maney varieties of European basketry willow Maria weaves baskets and teaches others these traditional crafts. She is an outstanding gardener and a vegan chef extraordinaire.
Joe lives on Orcas Island with his wife, Irina, and two kids, Pasha, and Vanya. He has been involved with horticulture for over forty years. His interests range from fruit trees to perennials, from food forests to fungi. Joe has been involved in numerous restoration projects and in fact,hasn't met a plant he doesn't like. As an acomplished stone mason Joe is at home on rocky Orcas Island.
Joe's horticultural interests have taken him to Latin America and to the former Soviet Union, and as a result he speaks both Spanish and Russian fairly well. He completed a Permaculture Design Course with Bill Mollison in 1981 in California, and has taught, thought, and lived Permaculture since then.
Sam grew up squeezed under the armpits of his two enthusiastic older brothers. Always interested in the natural world (frogs, snakes, turtles, salamanders, etc.), their transition to growing plants as teenagers in the 70's led directly to growing food plants and to the awareness of a holistic, spiritual, sacred, and natural world of which we are all a part.
Sam has been professionally landscaping for the last couple decades, as well as co-developing the homestead on Orcas Island and working on the occasional tropical project. He is energized by working with plants, rocks, earth, water, wood, animals, and of course people!
Yuriko was raised in post-war Japan and allowed by her parents, who had lost two sons during the war, to play like a boy when young. This gave her the freedom to get dirty exploring the creeks, woods, and seacoast of her town.
She took an interest in gardening at a very young age and to this day can spend hours a day working with plants. Yuriko has spent much of her life preparing food for large numbers of people; growing up in her family's birthing clinic, meals were regularly prepared for the twenty or so patients, live-in nurses, and her family.
Yuriko has studied macrobiotic, vegetarian, and several ethnic styles of cooking, including, of course, Japanese.
Four kids currently live here on the farm, Pasha, Vanya, Kajetan and Naya.