Brock Dolman is nationally recognized as a leading permaculture educator and innovative design consultant. He is a co-founder of both the Sowing Circle LLC intentional community and the widely acclaimed Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. He has been working in the fields of horticulture, biology, landscape design and installation for over 20 years.
As a specialized generalist he has extensive experience in irrigation, uplands & riparian watershed management, natural building, wildlife biology, native plant botany, organic agriculture, perennial polyculture, sustainable forestry, seed saving, wildlands biodiversity preservation, school garden teacher training and school garden installation, alternative energy systems, consensus community and participatory social organizing methodologies.
Brock is pragmatically active in the social and political application of permaculture prinicples for regenerative cultural transformation. By vote of the Occidental community he was given the "2001 Environmental Achievement Award" by the Occidental Chamber of Commerce. He is a co-founder of the Dutch Bill Creek Watershed Group, West County Watershed Network & the Town Hall Coalition. He acts as an advisor to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District on riparian conservation easements and advises the Sonoma Land Trust on various restoration & education issues. He was co-founder and a leading negotiator on the historic Sonoma County Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Task Force agreement which disallows forced spraying and promotes the choice of organic control strategies. This agreement is now being used by the California Department of Agriculture as the boiler plate for communities in all other counties to be involved in participatory democracy against toxic vineyard chemicals.
Brock has spoken at numerous major conferences such as Bioneers, EcoFarm & GreenPrints. He has been on national radio programs, published nationally distributed articles on permaculture and widely lectures at local universities, colleges, environmental forums, civic clubs, and public political meetings. He has taught over 15 permaculture design courses with Penny Livingston.