Wendy Howard is the steward and designer of Quinta do Vale, a 2-hectare off grid permaculture project in the mountains of Central Portugal. A biologist and ecologist, she has been practicing permaculture principles for the best part of 3 decades with 13 years at her present project.
For the last 7 years, she has been refining an original design by Anna Edey into an open source vermicomposting flush toilet system, which she teaches workshops in and now has installations worldwide. She is also actively involved as a founder member of a local association, ArBOR, which acts as an umbrella organisation for regenerative projects in her area, whether environmental, social, cultural or technological. Her project, Quinta do Vale, hosts volunteers and interns (Erasmus+/ESC included) and courses and workshops.
Wendy hosts PDCs at Quinta do Vale in partnership with Circle Permaculture and educates in ecoliteracy, sustainable systems design, natural building (drystone construction, round pole timber construction, cob building, earthen and lime plastering, wattle-and-daub), water retention landscaping, ecosanitation and grey water processing, renewable energy systems, forest garden/agroecological design, botany/foraging skills, food preservation techniques, and other associated skills.