Mostly happy when she is outside, natural gardener Adina Lehrman has been growing food in her own garden in the organic style for more than 20 years, evolving into no till growing, and permaculture methods through practice and observation.
In 2008 Adina started The Compost Gardener organic garden consulting and growing service. In the spring of 2009 she completed the University of Florida Master Gardener Volunteer training. In the spirit of sharing useful information Adina writes the ManureDepot.com blog where gardeners can learn the nuts and bolts of soil, composting, and no till gardening specifically tailored for Florida gardeners on the Treasure Coast.
Adina started the Heathcote No Till Organic Garden in the fall of 2009 at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce where she served as the volunteer, volunteer coordinator for that garden. Over the course of three years, working just two mornings a week, she and other volunteers grew and delivered over 1700 pounds of vegetables to a local soup kitchen and a local food pantry. While there she also taught no till organic gardening classes offering a series of nine classes that closely followed the activities of the growing seasons from fall garden planning to summer gardens.
A student of permaculture for a number of years, Adina received her Permaculture Design Certification in March of 2013, and teamed up with fellow permaculture designer Lucie Burke to form the Permaculture landscape design and implementation company Florida Regenerative Landscapes. Their first joint project was the food forest design and gardens for the LOV Juice bar at the Peak Health and Fitness Studio in Vero Beach.
In 2015 Adina was awarded the Slow Food Snail of Approval for her years of commitment to helping people learn about and grow better food.
Lucie Burke obtained her Permaculture Design Certificate with her business Partner Adina Lehrman in March of 2013. The Peak Food Forest at 801 20th Place in Vero Beach, FL, was the first official project of Lucie and Adina’s edible landscaping partnership, Florida Regenerative Landscapes, LLC. This food forest provides edibles for the LOV Juice juice bar located on the property.
Before becoming a certified Permaculture Designer, Lucie worked as a garden and art teacher for 14 years at Sun Grove Montessori School in Ft. Pierce, FL. During that time she also became a Florida Master Naturalist. In 2012, she worked for McKee Botanical Garden to co-create the McKee Discovery Backpack program. The backpacks have five different themes and provide children ages 5-12 with curriculum and activities to enjoy with their family while visiting the Garden.
Florida Regenerative Landscapes conducts tours of the food forest and workshops. They also provide consulting services and install edible landscapes.