Kate Gehron is very happy to have joined the UMass Permaculture committee in 2011 as a graphic designer and media team member. She has been learning about permaculture since 2006, when she discovered Bill Mollison’s work as part of her graduate studies in landscape architecture. She went on to earn a master’s degree in sustainable landscape design from the Conway School in 2009, where she deepened her understanding of permacultural philosophy and practices. Kate also has a B.A. in English and has worked as an editor, and she hopes to use her design and communication skills to help UMass Permaculture continue to grow as a model for other universities and communities that want to become more self-reliant and cooperative.