Who is D I E G O?
I am the founder and CEO of the Permaculture Voices Conference where my goal is to go out and motivate and inspire people to push the limits, do great work, and live the life that they want to live through permaculture.
Dad, permie, podcaster, baseball fan (Angels), and still sad that they stopped the TV show The Wire. I like craft beer (IPAs) and listening from everything from dubstep to 90’s alternative rock (I grew up in the 90’s). I grew up in Rochester, NY playing in the snow, but now I live in SoCal where I can wear shorts all year round and I consider anything under 55 degrees cold.
In the world of permaculture I like to geek out on soil building, food forestry, nitrogen fixing plant species, and perennial crops.
If I could only read one book forever it would be Tree Crops, A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith. I like the second edition published in 1953 over the first.
I am really motivated to go out and push the accepted limits of the norm by Toby Hemenway, Mark Shepard, and The Man Who Planted Trees, so I have set out to create a food forest in the arid climate of North County San Diego – no easy task given how much rain we have had lately.
With trees in hand and my wife and two daughters at my side I am planting out a future forest for my chickens and converting my suburban property into a functioning homestead using skills from my engineering background combined with permaculture principles to push the limits on how much you can sustainably get from a ¾ acre lot.
That means planting a lot of different species to establish genetics that thrive locally and create a lot of biomass in the process (I plant a lot of black locust). The ultimate goal is produce a lot of food in a perennial based system, so maybe one day my daughters can eat off of the same trees that they planted with their dad many years ago.
I founded the Permaculture Voices conference to try to change the world in my own way. Using the conference and podcast I share the inspirational stories of amazing people doing great work within the regenerative agriculture and permaculture space. It is through this information exchange that I seek to inspire people to go out and be the change that they want to see in the world.
My favorite podcast, and the one that had the biggest impact on me is the one with Will Harris III of White Oak Pastures: 028: Industrial Farmer to Beyond Organic Icon, Will Harris III of White Oak Pastures.