Credentials - Dr Wendy Seabrook

Dr Wendy Seabrook is the founder and director of Learning from Nature, author of the Ecological Farming Handbook and Ecological Gardening Handbook, and manager of Hill Top Farm, the demonstration site and education centre for Learning from Nature.

Over the last twenty years Dr Seabrook has partnered with organisations like Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK, World Wide Fund for Nature, Seychelles Island Foundation, Queensland Department of Environment, and Landcare Australia in the design and delivery of programs supporting conservation and regenerative agriculture outcomes.

Her workshops have featured on ABC ‘Country Hour’ and Radio National ‘Nights’ in New Zealand, and Learning from Nature was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Australian Future Agro Challenge.

Qualifications

  1. PhD Ecology, University of Sydney, Australia, 1993.
  2. M.Sc. Ecology University of Aberdeen, Scotland. 198
  3. B.Sc. (Hons.) Ecology University of Central London 1983.
  4. Diploma in Permaculture, New South Wales Technical and Further Education, 2014.
  5. Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke 2013, New South Wales, Australia.
  6. Permaculture Design Certificate 2010, Queensland, Australia.
  7. Continuous Improvement and Innovation,2007, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia.
  8. Building Rural Leaders Program, 2006, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia.
  9. Certificate III – Organic Agriculture, Sub-tropical fruit production and Integrated Pest Management New South Wales Technical and Further Education (1997-9).
  10. 'Leading and Facilitating Groups' and 'Conflict Management and Negotiation' 2007, Centre for Rural & Regional Innovation – University of Queensland, Australia.

Experience

  1. Landcare Coordinator - Cape York Peninsula Landcare Program, Queensland, Australia (2005 - 2009).
  2. Catchment Coordinator - Bungawalbin Catchment Management, New South Wales, Australia (2001 - 2005).
  3. Organic Farmer – mixed orchard and strawberry production (1995 – 2004 p/t), New South Wales, Australia.
  4. Conference Coordinator - Australasian Council on Tree and Nut Crops International Conference 1995.
  5. Senior Conservation Officer - Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (1993 – 1994)
  6. Research Officer - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scotland (1987).
  7. Conservation Officer - World Wide Fund for Nature, Aldabra Atoll World Heritage Site, Seychelles (1985 – 1987).
  8. Research Assistant - Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Scotland (1984 – 1985).

Publications

  1. Ecological Farming Handbook and Ecological Gardening Handbook and other resources published by Learning from Nature.
  2. The No-Mowers Food Grower's Guide 2013 – Australian Government Healthy Communities Program.
  3. Magazine Editor - Going Organic Magazine (1997 – 2002 p/t) – Quarterly publication for Tweed Richmond Organic Producer's Organisation. Distributed to members and retail outlets across northern New South Wales, Australia.
  4. Organic Guide to Australia (2002) – Book providing a guide to Australian organic retailers, restaurants and home delivery services published by Grass Roots Publications. Distributed to all the major book stores throughout Australia.
  5. Online learning resources (Introduction to Soils,  Plant Nutrition, Natural Area Regeneration, Environmental Awareness, Environmental Awareness and Applications, and Ecosystem Management and Sustainable Production) for New South Wales Technical and Further Education (TAFE).