About Us

Jesse Tack took his first PDC in 2011 with Larry Santoyo and Keith Johnson. Since that time he has went on to start a local permaculture group in his town of Ypsilanti, Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti (AMPY). AMPY was focused on local community education and workdays. 

A land use cooperative, The Cooperative at Dawn Farm, grew out naturally from the work of AMPY and afforded us the opportunity to plant an 8-acre food forest using Mark Shepard’s ‘Restoration Agriculture’ as the model. A small group planted over 1500 trees of an Oak Savanna ecosystem.

Jesse is a husband, father of 1 cat and 1 dog, and farmer living in east Michigan, where he stewards .75 acre in the urban city-center of Ypsilanti with his partner Jessica Smith.

C. Milton Dixon is a  permaculturist, forager, educator, and media wizard. He creates transformative experiences for people that allow them to see and think differently. He has taught Permaculture Design Courses with,  supports the website of, and creates content for Midwest Permaculture. He is supporting the website and developing the media outreach for Bending Oak Permaculture Farm. He works closely with Polliwog Farm, developing experimental soul permaculture at Glorious Debris. Also he is co-manager at the emergent The Cooperative at Dawn Farm, where he rotationally grazes sheep for the “Ram Camp” of Project Mow. You can read some of his musings at Permaculture Productions and reach him at  or 773.789.8887.