Jesse Labbe-Watson came to permaculture over the last decade by way of the movements for social and environmental justice. After a brief apprenticeship at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, Jesse formally studied permaculture with Charles and Julia Yelton at the Newforest Institute and Humustacia Gardens. He graduated from the their Advanced PDC in October 2008. He has gone on to start a permaculture landscape design/build and sustainability consultation firm in the Midcoast area. He has consulted for private residents, market gardens, farmers and non-profit organizations.
He is the primary organizer for the Midcoast Permaculture Network which hosts workshops, meetups and potlucks. He was also a principal logistics coordinator for the 2010 and 2014 Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence hosted at the MOFGA fairgrounds. He currently serves as president of the board of PAN – the Permaculture Association of the Northeast. Jesse brings an artist’s paintbrush, a philosopher’s pedantry, a tracker’s attention to detail and a holy fool’s comedic relief to the company he keeps. He lives with his young family in Rockland.