Meet Our Team

IMG_1915|| Abel Kloster  ||
Permaculture Program Co-Director, Land Steward

A fourth generation Oregon native, Abel is well acquainted with the forests,  fields, and people of the Pacific Northwest where he has farmed, tended land, and indulged in the culture for many years.  Abel has been Aprovecho’s Land Steward since 2006.  He co-teaches and directs Aprovecho’ Permaculture programs including the Agroecology and Permaculture Internship, the Permaculture Design Course, and the Permaculture weekend workshop series.  He is also a member of Aprovecho’s steering committee.  In addition to his work with Aprovecho, Abel is on the board of Agriculture and Community Land Trust, is the Riparian Project Coordinator for the Coast Fork Willamette River Watershed Council, and co-owner of Resilience Permaculture Design, a whole systems design firm specializing in farm and forestry planning and ecological restoration.  Abel has a B.S. degree in Land Stewardship for Sustainable Communities from Humboldt State University and a certificate of Permaculture Design from Douglas and Sam Bullock of Orcas Island, Washington.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA|| Tao Orion  ||
Permaculture Program Co-Director

Tao grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and graduated from UC Santa Cruz majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. She participated in the 2001 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She was inspired to learn more about integrated systems and completed a Permaculture Design Course at Crystal Waters Ecovillage in Australia in 2002.  After managing two organic farms in New Mexico and the garden at Aprovecho, she is currently helping to coordinate the adult education programs and serving on the steering committee. She loves hiking, hot springs, swimming in wild waters, food preparation a la Nourishing Traditions, and planting perennial polycultures.

|| Christopher Ryan Foraker ||

Director, Natural Building Programs

Chris comes from a family of teachers, bricklayers and biologists.  In 2004 he graduated from Montana State University with honors achieving a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution.  During this time he began his studies of woodcraft, round-pole joinery, small dwellings, and urban ecology.  Chris first came to Aprovecho in 2005 and has served the organization in the sustainable forestry and building departments.  In addition to his administrative tasks, he coordinates the Natural Building Programs at Aprovecho, specifically the Natural Building Practicum and the Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series.  Chris is also a member of the Steering Committee.

IMG_5452|| Rosie Kirincic  ||
Outreach Coordinator,
Sustainable Living Skills Co-Director

Rosie Kirincic came to Aprovecho in 2006 to attend the Sustainable Living Skills program. Rosie became a co-directer and steering committee member of Aprovecho in 2007 as well as a coordinator for the Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Skills program.  During her time at Aprovecho she has organized school groups and events as well as taught bread baking, soap-making, wine making and consensus building among other things. Currently she continues her steering committee work, whips up delicious food for the programs and manages the household and kitchen facilities. She lives and works at Aprovecho with her partner Chris Foraker and their daughter Raven. Rosie loves local foods, her greater community of Cottage Grove, and all the best life has to offer.


Mike Hatfield|| Mike Hatfield ||
Appropriate Technology
Consultant / Instructor

Mike was born in Roseburg Oregon.  He received a BS from Willamette University in 1992.  In 1997 he attended the Sustainable Living Skills Internship at Aprovecho.  There he discovered the world of Appropriate Technology and found his life work.  Since then he has been building improved cook stoves and conducting trainings in many resource deprived parts of the world.  At home he is the international projects coordinator for the Aprovecho Research Center and teaches classes at Aprovecho on a wide range of appropriate technology subjects, including improved cook and heating stoves, composting toilets, solar and wood heated hot water systems, small scale hydroelectricity, bio diesel production and vegetable oil conversions….to name a few.

andreaAndrea Mull has lived in the Cottage Grove area for almost 15 years and has gardened in the PNW for almost 25. She currently teaches the Agroecology portion of the Permaculture Design Course, and oversees the vegetable garden at Aprovecho. She received a degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Augustana College, worked as an Environmental Consultant and Water Quality Chemist for 5+ years in Santa Cruz CA before returning to her love of gardening. Raised with a huge Organic backyard garden in the Midwest, gardening and growing food became second nature. She studied Agroecology through being a volunteer docent at the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden, and Biodynamic Farm Intensive in New Mexico. She is excited to bring a diverse and varied knowledge of food systems and specific knowledge of the Pacific Maritime climate to teaching.

Besides growing food and plants in general, Andrea is president of the local Garden Club and actively engages with the local Cottage Grove community as a whole. She loves to hike, walk on beaches, paddle her kayak, pick flowers and especially loves her son Bohdan who lives with her on Campus.

Office ManagerMujahid Abd Allah || Administrative Coordinator || Director, Sustainable Livelihood

Mujahid Abdallah is from Los Angeles, California. He brings to Aprovecho fifteen years experience in small business financial management. As a U.S. Small Business Administration Business Counselor, he has taught hundreds of  start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs. As an accountant and financial management consultant he has designed, installed, and managed several dozen small to mid-sized financial management systems.

Mujahid earned his Permaculture Design Certificate from Aprovecho in 2013 and now instructs the invisible structures part of the program and uses his business experience and counseling skills to help Aprovecho students transition into sustainable livelihood.

|| Matthew Hall ||
Forestry Consultant / Instructor

Matthew James Hall was born in England in 1957. He started full time work in the forest in 1974 at the age of 16. In 1981 he graduated from Newton Rigg, Cumbria College of Agriculture and Forestry with a National Diploma in Forestry. After working in conventional forestry and urban forestry Matthew moved to Aprovecho in 1991 in search of a more ethical and sustainable life, becoming the forestry instructor and Forest Manager. Since then he has specialized in managing the forests of small landowners including selective thinning in cooperation with a horse logger, on-site milling of logs into building lumber, creation of stewardship plans, hazardous-tree removal, tree planting and non-native weed removal. Matthew currently works full time as the Crew Leader for Kennedy Alternative High School’s Conservation Corps performing environmental restoration projects with crews of at-risk youth. He is part of Aprovecho’s adjunct faculty.