Paul Taylor, founder and managing director of Trust Nature, grew up in the USA as a 3rd generation organic farmer and horticulturist. He was home schooled from an early age and worked on the farm pretty much from the time he could walk. Paul studied biology and soil microbiology at university, has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, has worked as a soil microbiology advisor with the Soil Foodweb Institute, is a recognized Permaculture teacher, and is an approved trainer under the Australian Federal Government FarmReady program. He has delivered education and consultancies in countries all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, India, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S.A. and even Outer Mongolia. Paul is also the co-founder of Hidden Garden Sustainable Farm on Christmas Island.
Paul bought his first 150 acre farm at the age of 23 in 1972, a worn out tobacco farm with some remarkable forest and water features. Over several years, he transformed the property into an abundant oasis of food and wildlife. Paul has been working with soil regeneration ever since, and has owned and operated more than a dozen properties, comprising hundreds of acres; everything from heavily eroded and deserted properties to properties that most people would have put in the “too hard” basket.
In this way, he has built up many years of experience in successfully turning degraded lands into productive farms and gardens.
In 1982 he moved to Australia and was introduced to Permaculture almost from the day he arrived. Combining his knowledge of organic farming and horticulture with Permaculture Design Science was a great leap forward, as it helped to formalize the way he approached farm design. For Paul, studying soil microbiology filled many missing links with understanding traditional organic systems. He became involved with Dr. Elaine Ingham from the SoilFoodWeb Institute and worked as a SFI advisor. His interest in soil microbiology solved the mystery of why many traditions worked, were commonly practiced in agricultural history bur never scientifically understood. This included understanding the roles of microbes in compost and the ‘new science’ of ‘specialist compost tea’ that we now refer to as ‘soil pro-biotic’.
Paul has since harnessed his many years of experience and research into developing a unique and easy-to-learn system of sustainable soil management called the Bio-Vital System, which forms the basis of Trust Nature’s work and education programmes.