Rio Salado Permaculture Guild (RSPG) is a non-profit co-founded by Don Titmus and Cris Franco to fill the need for an East Valley-based Permaculture community. They provide ongoing financial support and permaculture education.
The Bee Oasis is Don and Cris’s home, literally. Cris describes it as, “your standard ’80s semi-urban plot (less than 1/4 acre, no HOA, and came with a grass lawn).” It is growing from a demonstration destination to more of a learning center for urban sustainable living. Bee Oasis is also a registered Intentional Community. RSPG meetings and classes are often held here.
Four Directions PermaCulture is their permaculture business. Services include on-site permaculture consultations, and speaking and teaching engagements. Don has presented for several local institutions including Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Arizona Solar Center, AKA Green, Scottsdale’s Green Building Lecture Series, and Mesa’s Sustainability Lecture Series. The Permaculture Design Course is also offered through Four Directions. 5% of the proceeds go to RSPG.
Contributing Supporters and Collaborators
Smiling Dog Learning Center is located in Gold Canyon, AZ and the founder Tom McDonald is a graduate of the Permaculture Design Course. He created his Learning Center in 2010 upon completing his PDC. He also owns Smiling Dog Landscapes, another family-owned and operated business.
Rainbow Rhythm Learning Village is an eclectic homeschooling community which works with RSPG to develop children’s education in the areas of gardening, Transition, preparedness, and permaculture. Liz is the current moderator of the group and her home Trinacria Farms is often used as an RSPG class site.
The Morrow family helps with website development and other technical needs for RSPG.
Jaime Collins created our logo. She is the former director of Everlasting Marks and Desert Willow Environmental Education Center located at Superstition Farm. Desert Willow is a permaculture garden designed by Don.