Our Team

Get to know our talented crew of designers and installers

Meet our wonderful team!

We are grateful for the opportunity to help restore native and sustainable ecologies throughout San Diego and beyond. Our team consists of permaculture designers, native plant specialists, and broad acre experts. We look forward to working with you!

Kevin Muno

Kevin Muno

President & Broad Acre Designer

In his role as President, Kevin is responsible for developing the corporate strategy, business development opportunities, and overall culture of the young company. Kevin is a co-founder of Ecology Artisans, and he brings his hands-on experience in regenerative agriculture, ecological landscaping, and real estate investing to the business.

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and was trained by some of the top entrepreneurship professors in the country. While at USD, Kevin played four seasons of Division I baseball and played semi-professionally in the Cape Cod baseball league. He brings that same competitiveness and team spirit to the business world, and is driven to build a team consisting of California’s top regenerative design consultants and tradesmen.

Kevin has obtained two Permaculture Design Certifications. One from his partner, Josh Robinson, through his work with the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute and the other from his former-business partner and mentor, Mark Shepard, of Restoration Agriculture Development Inc. More recently, Kevin was honored to attend a “REX” (Regrarian’s 10 Day Open Consultancy) and receive his “REX” certificate from Darren Doherty of Regrarians®, LTD. Kevin looks forward to combine what he has learned from Mark and Darren and apply it to large scale land and farm transformation in his home state of California.

In addition to running Ecology Artisans, Kevin is also working on a Holistic Management certificate with Owen Hablutzel and looks forward to attending a future course with him. When Kevin is not working on building and spreading a truly regenerative economy, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Deena and their golden retriever Lucy.

Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson

Landscape Designer & Field Operations

Josh, a San Diego native, is a master ecological artisan and infuses Ecology Artisans with his wealth of regenerative design, installation experience, and creativity.

Josh is a father, gardener, farmer, teacher, and ecological instigator. He has over 14 years of experience in the field designing, installing, and teaching about creating ecological abundant gardens, home, farms, and businesses. Josh is recognized throughout the Southwestern US as a leader in water harvesting and permaculture. He holds a Master’s Degree in Ecological Landscape Design.

His work has received multiple awards as well as being featured in Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden and Art Ludwig’s Create an Oasis with Greywater. In addition to his work with Ecology Artisans, Josh is the Director and co-founder of the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute, a non-profit program of the 1to1 Movement, where he is training the next generation of sustainability experts. Josh enjoys spending time traveling, hiking, and planting trees with his family.

Christopher Marciello

Christopher Marciello

Landscape Designer & Field Operations

Christopher is a student and practitioner of Permaculture and regenerative design since 1995, having been introduced to Permaculture theory while studying desert ecology and plant identification in Nevada, and simultaneously undertaking the task of gardening sustainably in the intolerant Mojave desert climate.

Working with a small group of fledgling Permaculture designers lead to experiments with water harvesting, integrated planting patterns and earthen building materials.
Christopher returned to the east coast in 2000 and began working at Golden Rule Farm, at the Soule Homestead Education Center in Middleborough, Massachusetts to practice small scale organic farming.
After completing a Permaculture design course with San Diego Sustainable Living Institute in 2013, Christopher began working professionally as a Permaculture Designer creating C2 Agriculture.
Christopher has been actively designing and installing edible food forests, regenerative water harvesting landscapes, residential graywater systems and cistern based rainwater harvesting systems.

Professionally, he is currently completing an A.A. In nursery/horticulture crop production at Mira Costa College.

Personally, he is still growing vegetables and tree crops, raising chickens and getting into the wild with his family as frequently as possible.

Amy Hite

Amy Hite

Landscape Designer

A gardener, mom, homesteader, teacher, and all around awesome soul, Amy brings enthusiasm, creativity, and a passion for excellence to her work and life.

Amy loves exploring the interconnection between all things, especially the interrelationship between the built and living environments. She has been working in the field of sustainable, integrated design for the past 15 years. In 2005, she became a LEED accredited design professional with the U.S. Green Building council. In 2008, she opened her own landscape design studio, Organic Hammer, LLC specializing in ecological landscapes, urban farms and children’s gardens. Amy is currently pursuing licensure in Landscape Architecture and is enrolled in the Landscape Architecture program at UCLA.

She aspires to create mixed-use commercial spaces that incorporate restoration, sustainable agriculture, and community. Amy strongly believes that a regenerative future begins with our children. She teaches farming at the Sanderling Waldorf School and has led many workshops and summer programs for kids fostering their innate connection with nature as well as teaching them fun skills such as gardening, medicine making, natural building, fermenting foods, fire building, and beekeeping.

Tigre Pickett

Tigre Pickett

Landscape Designer

Tigre knows that if humanity can honestly embrace the three ethics of permaculture (Care for People, Care for Earth, and Share Abundance) and apply its principles to every system we create or interact with, Spaceship Earth will become the paradise it once was.

Drawing from an early age, Tigre became attracted to design during college. A Princeton University graduate in Architecture, Tigre is inspired by the works of Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio, Johan van Lengen and TIBA, and all the other creative visionaries that see and create sustainable and regenerative realities.

Tigre began his permaculture exploration in 2010 while living in Oakland, California. After a bicycle trip through Ecuador and Peru where Tigre fell in love with the Amazon rainforest, he returned to San Diego to live with his now wife, Lola, and their two adorable beasties. Now living in Fallbrook, California, Tigre manages Ecology Artisans marketing and web presence as well as his and Lola’s soul mentoring website, Wild Playground. In his spare time Tigre consults, teaches and implements holistic design for friends, family and his own home.

Tigre is a certified Water Wise Landscape Professional and is also a qualified California Landscape Contractor.

Emmanuel Olivares

Emmanuel Olivares

Landscape Foreman

Born and raised in Villa Nicolas Bravo in Guerrero, México with six siblings, Emmanuel is a humble, hard working and detail oriented person.

Emmanuel’s early years involved harvesting corn, beans, pumpkins and other farm items with his grandparents and uncles. He was also tasked with firewood collection using his axe and machete. Growing up, he began working on construction jobs with his father who taught him a “little bit of everything,” which helped serve him when he migrated to the United States with his father over ten years ago.

Since arriving in the US and obtaining his Green Card, Emmanuel has worked his way up through the ranks of landscape technicians and shows for it. He consistently noodles on irrigation challenges until the most elegant and simple solution shows up. Detail oriented, skilled in most everything, and humble and caring, Emmanuel is another wonderful addition to the Ecology Artisans team.

Efrain Sanchez

Efrain Sanchez

Landscape Technician & Carpenter

Born in Escondido and raised in Valley Center, Effrain (aka Freddy) loves nature, life and animals. When not carefully executing Ecology Artisans landscape designs on the job-site, he enjoys spending time with family, fishing, watching football and camping.

Freddy always approaches his work with professionalism. Always keeping everything clean and tidy, he treats each and every job site as if it were his own. Teamwork and the ability to share his perspective and opinions on how to best tackle a problem makes coming to work enjoyable and productive. Always learning new ways to work more efficiently, Freddy treats every day of work, no matter how tedious, as a new learning experience and chance to grow.

A skilled carpenter and construction expert, Freddy is our go-to-man for decks, patios and many of our constructed landscape elements.

Chuck Poland

Chuck Poland

Landscape Technician & Carpenter

Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Chuck is a driven hardworking artisan who executes all his tasks with care and craftsmanship.

Chuck holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from San Diego State University. Chuck is a certified Master Composter within his home city of Chula Vista. Chuck’s interest in native plants and design led him to design and build his native front yard in 2015, and it was featured in the California Native Plant Societies 2017 Native Garden Tour. Prior to Ecology Artisans and college Chuck served four years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic stationed on North Island Naval Air Station maintaining Sikorsky SH-60B helicopters. After leaving active duty Chuck went on to work another six years as a contract mechanic working for NAVAIR Fleet Readiness Center South West doing major overhaul work to Sikorsky H-60s and H-53s aircraft. Also during this time Chuck went to school to learn how to weld, taking courses that covered Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Chuck additionally completed two American Welding Society certifications in Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Flux Cored Arc Welding. Chuck is committed to bettering himself, his peers, and the world. His personal interests include herpetology, horticulture, and spending time with his wife, twin girls, and two cattle dogs.

Lindsay Gucker

Lindsay Gucker

Landscape Technician

Lindsay is passionate about all things plant related. She holds a bachelors degree in Horticulture from Oregon State University as well as a Permaculture Design Certificate.

She found her enthusiasm for working with the land and cultivating plants while working on a remote Permaculture farm in Ecuador. She further honed her skills through seven seasons of organic vegetable production, providing fresh produce to her communities in New York, Connecticut and Colorado. Lindsay’s love of the connection between plants and people led her to conduct integrated pest management research in Tanzania and eventually settle in Southern California, where she found her place at Ecology Artisans. She is dedicated to upholding a supreme level of care in all of her work to create the most productive and beautiful landscapes San Diego has to offer. In her free time Lindsay can be found teaching and practicing yoga, gardening, cooking or exploring and recreating outdoors.

Chris Brickett

Chris Brickett

Landscape Technician

Born in New York City and living most of his life in Virginia, Chris got to know the salt marshes and forests of the east coast well.

After serving six years in the Army National Guard, he went on an adventure to explore California. Along the journey he found an article about permaculture, igniting a fire of passion and curiosity in him. Taking a permaculture design course in Indiana with Peter Bane and other great teachers in 2013 watered Chris’s seed of determination to change the way he lives and heal our relationship with nature.

Around the same time he was on a spiritual journey, visiting Buddhist monasteries in California, including the San Francisco Zen Center and Deer Park Monastery. He spent more than a year living at Deer Park, practicing mindfulness with a large community and aspiring to be a monk. This experience helped him see the value of all creatures we share the Earth with and taught him a great deal about living in community.

Thanks to the kindness and support of many friends and family, he is now living in San Diego pursuing his dream of a permaculture career. He has worked with great teachers like Alden Hough from Sky Mountain Permaculture and Brook Sarson with H2OME, installing rainwater tanks, greywater systems, earthworks, native landscapes and fruit trees. In October 2016 he completed the Water Harvesting Certification course in Tucson, Arizona with the Watershed Management Group and Brad Lancaster.

Today Chris is happily married to his wife Soco. They’re living simply in a tiny cottage with their little Chihuahua, and building new careers with the intention of helping people and the planet. Chris’s passions include compost and composting toilets, riding bicycles, tasting new wild edible plants, and daydreaming about helping others to consume less and generate more resources. To continue learning valuable skills, he will be attending the Ecological Landscaper Immersion and Farm School course taught by Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol, California.

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