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  • 772 . 410 .

    411 6th Road SWVero Beach, Florida 32962

    Wes Gordon

    For 13 years Ive worked to improve the wellbeing of people living with homelessness. Now Im passionate about using my skills in growing healthy, organic food to help this community produce their own meals, improve health, and develop skills and income through growing food sustainably.


    Sustainable Food Production: Organic Gardening, Permaculture and Aquaponics Vero Beach, Florida (2010 present)

    Five years of hands-on aquaponics (a smart, earth-friendly combination of aquaculture - raising fish + hydroponics - growing plants in water) designing, building and managing a 1200 gallon system with greenhouse, and up to 150 tilapia

    Three years of hands-on organic gardening and permaculture (creating sustainable agricultural ecosystems) including banana circles, rainwater harvesting, composting, lasagna-bed gardening, worm composting, worm tubes, soil enhancement and backyard chickens

    Systems Administrator, Trainer and Computer Technician Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council Inc., Vero Beach, Florida (2002 2015)

    Managed all computer needs (hardware, systems and software) for a three-county agency with a $3 million annual budget: developed training software and videos; conducted formal and informal training (serving more than 300 staff); managed Help Desk for up to 50 users; purchased hardware and software (achieving significant cost savings); set up desktop and network systems; partitioned hard drives; created, installed and maintained backup systems; designed and built central office network from components; upgraded operating systems; served as Admin for key software; conducted ongoing maintenance; documented and managed inventory; and coordinated with governmental IT departments.

    Licensed Plumber Maxwell Plumbing, Cavanaugh Plumbing, Morrison Plumbing, Meeks Plumbing Vero Beach, Florida (1980 2002)

    Conducted plumbing repair, maintenance and installation for residential and commercial properties. Education & Training Permaculture Design Certification Course, The Permaculture Institute/Geoff Lawton (2014) (this 12-week $1,200 course is regarded as the industrys Gold Standard)

    Food Forest Workshop, Florida Regenerative Landscapes (2015) hands-on preparation for a food forest installation in Sebastian, Florida

    Certificate in Electronics Engineering Technology National Education Center, Louisville, Kentucky (1990 1992)

    High School Diploma Owensboro High School, Owensboro, Kentucky (1979)

  • Sustainable Food Production: Organic Gardening, Permaculture and Aquaponics

    With no synthetic chemicals and no waste, on a very modest budget, Ive been able to grow organic avocados, bananas, basil, broccoli, celery, chives, figs, garlic, ginger, kale, leeks, lettuce, loquats, mangoes, mint, onions, oregano, papayas, peppers, potatoes, rosemary, squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tomatoes, turmeric and more; plus medicinals like comfrey, moringa and toothache plant.


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