Paige Tantillo, Founder
Permaculture Designer, Entreprenuer, Master Gardener and Designer
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Translation and Business.
A native of Chicago, Paige currently resides in Hong Kong after spending the last 5 and a half years living in Doha, Qatar. An entrepreneur, designer and artist, Paige paved an inspiring path in Doha and is continuing that work in Hong Kong.
Paige received her permaculture certification in Jordan September 2011, a life-changing experience that motivated her to apply the permaculture techniques she learned to the challenging growing conditions in Doha, Qatar.
With over 25 years of gardening experience, and a proficient background in design, Paige believes Permaculture has expanded her knowledge, allowing her to create fresh and unique garden designs to mimic natural systems and teach people about the importance of knowing how to grow their own food. True to her belief that following, supporting and respecting nature is the key to improving our health and planet, she is constantly seeking ways to live more sustainably and to share that knowledge with others.
With a combination of her new knowledge and prior skills she developed a permaculture test garden, which included grey water recycling, composting, a food forest, rooftop vegetable garden and chickens (to provide a food resource and help fertilize her space naturally.)
Paige has inspired many people to begin composting and start growing their own food and stop using chemicals and pesticides. She has worked with youth and community in various projects for more than 8 years. Paige has long felt that making a difference begins with youth. Her goal is to keep inspiring and educating youth and the community about the importance of living a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle by providing educational experiences on techniques such as permaculture. She has spread this knowledge by educating youth and community by partnering with local universities and schools designing, creating, and implementing permaculture gardens, organizing field trips and providing educational experiences to youth and community.
Projects and initiatives in Chicago
- Mindful Living
Projects and initiatives in Qatar
- Edible Landscaping Project with Qatar University
- Youth Environmental Awareness and Gardening Clubs
- Vegetable Garden Design for PassivHaus in Qatar
- Developing a curriculum for an educational garden program, and designed and implemented programs for local schools
- Designing hands-on permaculture and organic workshops
- Delivering Programs and Presentations on Permaculture, Soil Regeneration and Composting
- Permaculture garden design for private residents and schools
Projects and initiatives in Hong Kong
- Partnering with local Permaculture Organizations on field trips and initiatives
- Leading Meetup Compost Group
- Building Rooftop Permaculture garden
Partnerships and Consultancy Projects in Africa
- Genowa Community
Projects in Spain
- Permaculture Design for a multiple zone sustainability initiative on 11 hectare plot
The Challenge of Organic Farming in Qatar.
AJ + Arabia: 26 December 2015
Ball, Laura. “Students Learn to Grow with Educational Gardens.” The Peninsula Qatar 5 January 2016: n. pag. Print, web. http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/365037/students-learn-to-grow-with-educational-gardens
Kamel, Eman. “In a Dry Country, Gardening Becomes Education.” Al Fanar [Doha] 24 September 2015: n. pag. Print, web. http://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2015/09/in-a-dry-country-gardening-becomes-education/
Varshalomidze, Tamila. “What Food Means to Me. Qatar: growing food in the desert.” Al Jazeera.com: 2015: n. pag. Print, web. http://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2015/what-food-means-to-me-around-the-world-ajeats/phone/index.html#top
Verma, Sharat. “Reaping Fruits of Hard Work.” Qatar Tribune 18 August 2015: n. pag. Print, web. http://archive.qatar-tribune.com/viewnews.aspx?n=7BD31BF1-B814-4CFF-A407-48A7EEC50968&d=20150818
“Journalists Attend Training Course.” Gulf Times 30 July 2015 http://www.gulf-times.com/story/449386/Journalists-attend-training-course
Doha College Blog: 6 March 2016 http://www.dohacollege.com/blog/entry/150
Torino, Politecnico di Torino, 2015, pp 453‐462.
Workshops and Presentations
- Qatar University Workshop Soul to Soil
- Dhreima Compost Workshop at Al Sulaiteen Nursery
Presentations on various topics for:
- Doha Flower and Garden Show 2015
- Gardening in the Desert for Shell Women’s Club
- Doha Garden Club