Gus von Roenn, PDC

Gus von Roenn

FOUNDEr  & executive director

Gus is an advocate for permaculture and sustainable practices throughout Nebraska. He works through many organizations like the Nebraska Farmers Union, the Sierra Club, Nebraskans for Solar, Nebraska Sustainability Agricultural Society, and the Metro Omaha Food Policy Council to elevate the discussion of issues surrounding healthy food accessibility, land stewardship and entrepreneurship in low-income communities. His academic background is in anthropology, sociology, archaeology, and permaculture. Currently, Gus is a certified permaculture designer with his own permaculture design consulting firm and landscaping crew to install the designs. As an advocate for everything permaculture and sustainability in Nebraska, he likes to help many organizations teach their constituents the limitless opportunities that create abundance in all of our communities for all of us to share. 


Graham Herbst

vice president

Graham Herbst is a native Nebraskan and graduate of the Horticulture Program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. After working in the landscape and arboriculture industries, he moved to the Nebraska Forest Service to promote innovative Urban Forestry projects as the Community Forestry Specialist for Eastern Nebraska. Graham loves growing trees and food at home, connecting people and information through social media, and bringing the family out to plant trees and explore each corner of the Great Plains.


miles adams - treasurer

Sarah shepherd - secretary


Dr. ted Burk, PHD - Citizens Science

VeNessa Strong-Hardy - Community Needs

Christine Ross - New Americans

Janet Bonet - Conservation