Gary Williams

Gary and his partner Emily live on a small farm in the lower North Island of New Zealand.  They have regenerated this 50 hectare property over 25 years, retiring large parts for native forest regrowth, and carrying out a wide diversity of farming and forestry activities on the remainder.  This includes home gardens, orchards and food forests, staple crops, animal grazing, firewood and plantation forests, and tree buffer and wilderness areas.  Their stewardship of the land has been guided by the principles of permaculture and the practices and methods of organic and biodynamic agriculture.  Gary sees himself as an integrated part of the larger organism that is his family home and farm.

The home and farm buildings have been laid out according to the site and their relative functions, using local materials and on-site sources of water, nutrient use/recycling and energy.  Coppicing of trees provides a sustainable source of firewood, with electrical power from solar and wind machines.  A bio-filtered swimming pool adds to the habitat diversity while providing for refreshing and revitalising swimming.
 
Gary has facilitated many permaculture courses and workshops, and provides advice and design assistance to people and communities seeking a more resilient and sustaining way of living, which reflects the nature of their place.  He has recently been a member of a small emergency response team that provided a compost toilet option to people in Christchurch, when the centralised sewer system was disabled and repeatedly broken by severe earthquakes (see http://www.composttoilets.co.nz/).
 
Gary works from home as a professional engineer in the field of water and soil resources.  He is especially experienced in holistic watershed management and the integrated management of rivers based on natural patterns and character, and the wider context of climate and landscape.  He has worked closely with many communities and their representatives on the conservation, management and use of natural resources, provided mediation and facilitation guidance on public resource management issues, and advised on indigenous claims to coastal water bodies and their food sources.  Gary understands water (with its basic pattern of interweaving diverging and converging spirals) to be the medium and facilitator of life, and of all that exists.
 
Gary has written many articles, and books on alternative economics, our understandings about life and the processes of cultural transformation.  He has academic qualifications in engineering, physics and economics.

His website is — www.waterscape.co.nz