About Us

The Permaculture Lab, formerly The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute offers permaculture and regenerative living trainings to guide San Diego into an abundant “green” future: one home, one neighborhood, one community at a time. We train people to solve global environmental problems through local, backyard, farm, and business solutions.

We are industry sustainability experts drawing from a range of experience in watershed understanding, permaculture, holistic design, and eco-business.  The Permaculture Lab is educating the next generation of permaculture and water harvesting experts.

Who We Are

Yael Zaidman


In addition to being a co-founder of The Permaculture Lab, Yael is a mother and farmer that knows the importance of healthy, local, and nutrient dense food. She has been growing veggies, flowers, and herbs for the herself and the local community for over 17 years. She was the plant propagation manager for Suzie's Farm, a 100 acre organic farm in San Diego. She currently raises all of the plant starts for our 17 acre experimental permaculture farm + homestead, Terra Corazón, located in Valley Center in Northern San Diego County 

Josh Robinson


Josh is a father, partner, gardener, farmer, teacher, and ecological instigator. He has over 20 years of experience in the field designing, installing, and teaching about creating ecological abundant gardens, home, farms, and businesses. Josh is recognized throughout the Southwestern US as a leader in water harvesting and permaculture. He holds a Master’s Degree in Ecological Landscape Design.

His work has received multiple awards as well as being featured in Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden and Art Ludwig’s Create an Oasis with Greywater.

He has designed, installed, and managed numerous farms and food forests throughout Southern California with his business, Ecology Artisans, in which he co-founded in 2014

Josh can often be found in the garden, or tinkering on new projects and ideas around the farm.


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