Regrarians Team Member
Based in Reno, Nevada, Neil Bertrando manages a 1.3 acre homestead with his scientist wife Katie and the help of many in the community. Neil’s passion is enriching bioregions by building community and broadening the local genetic resources of practical plants and animals to relocalize resource supply networks. He strives for collaboration in his work and runs RT Permaculture, a consulting, design, and education business. A love to laugh, play, innovate, and co-create with other regenerative designers infuses his work. Neil specializes in arid climates, watershed restoration, erosion control, and small scale agroforestry.
While Neil lives in a temperate arid climate, over the past 12 years, he has gained experience working in wide range of climate and cultural contexts such as Hawaii, Haiti, Minnesota, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and California. Neil has an MS in Environmental Science from University of Nevada, Reno, where his research focused on effects of the urban corridor on stream health and regional nutrient cycling. In design and development he has worked properties from 1/10th of an acre to 100+ acres.
Neil’s experience has oscillated between academic research, environmental monitoring and planning surveys, stream restoration, farm management, and local community building. Because we all stand on the shoulders of giants, Neil wants to acknowledge his many teachers and mentors including Craig Sponholtz, Erik Ohlsen, Darren J. Doherty, Owen Hablutzel, Dan Halsey, Andrew Millison, Robyn Francis, Geoff Lawton, Dr. Sherm Swanson, Tom Stille, Dr. Jerry Qualls, Dr. Glenn Miller, and many others.