About Santa Barbara Organics

About Santa Barbara Organics:

Santa Barbara Organics was founded in 1999 by Loren Luyendyk to provide site specific consultation, installation, and maintenance in Santa Barbara County, with the goal of creating regenerative landscapes that provide for our basic needs and at the same time improve the local ecology. Our mission is to promote Agroecology and Permaculture in Southern California both on the homestead scale and broad acre.

Moving beyond sustainability, we strive to create systems that are regenerative- that improve over time with the least amount of effort on our part. We focus on providing our basic needs while regenerating ecosystems- water, food, shelter, energy, and community- we can create human systems that increase as opposed to decrease vital resources like water and biomass, which benefits both humans and wildlife.

About Loren:

Loren Luyendyk is a Certified Teacher of Permaculture, with over 17 years of practical experience in Permaculture Design, Sustainability, and Horticulture.  Loren graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1997 with a degree in Botany, and is a Certified Arborist and Master Gardener.


Since graduating he has gained experience in the fields of Organic and Biodynamic Farming, Arboriculture, Agroecology, Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Natural Building, and The Soil Foodweb.  His studies and teaching has taken him across the globe, where he has spent extensive amounts of time sharing and learning with local cultures.  Loren has taught Permaculture in the USA, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia. 
Loren is also a founding partner of Permaculture Design International, an international design collaborative, with the express goal of increasing the professionalism and adoption and of permaculture globally, especially with larger scale projects.  He and his wife Aubrey Falk co-founded the non-profit organization Surfers Without Borders in 2008, which promotes practical solutions to ocean pollution through regenerative design. 
Most importantly, Loren is a proud father and husband who values family and community as the foundation for a happy life. With the support of family community we can overcome any challenge.