Silvio Maffra grew up in Brazil in a farming family business. He has a NZQA Level 4 Certificate in Organic Horticulture, and he is currently undergoing a certification in Permaculture Design. Before settling in Tauranga, he travelled to Mexico, Costa Rica and others Central American countries volunteering at many permaculture and organic farms, gathering and sharing knowledge about sucessful small scale growing.
Catherine and Neville Dunton-McLeod are the founders of Plenty Permaculture, offering permaculture education and consultant services for properties in the BOP. They have a ten acre property with lovely soils and plentiful water and are delighted to welcome Silvio to get the gardens humming and producing in a sustainable manner for the benefit of our families, friends and community.