Brad Melzer

  • Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies

Areas of Study


  • BA, anthropology, Ohio State University
  • MA, social ecology, Goddard College
  • Certifications in Permaculture Design and Instruction Permaculture Institute
  • Certification in Archaeological Field Survey Center for American Archaeology
  • Certification in Aquaponics & Tilapia Aquaculture University of the Virgin Islands


Brad Melzer is a professional horticulturist and agroecologist for Green Circle Growers and the George Jones Memorial Farm and Nature Preserve in Oberlin, Ohio; a 70 acre educational organic farm and nature preserve. The Jones Farm also is the home of City Fresh, a 600-member Community Supported Agriculture for Northeast Ohio.

After starting his career studying activism and social/ecological philosophy, he designed and built ecological water treatment systems (Living Machines), aquaponics systems, and food production systems. He has practiced organic agriculture in temperate and tropical climates, helped to start dozens of community gardens, and has worked on innovative compost technologies.

While serving on the board of directors for a regional Permaculture organization, Melzer has helped host three Permaculture Design Certification Courses, remediated vacant urban lots, and created native plant gardens. He has taught Sustainability and Biomimicry for over 10 years for Baldwin Wallace University. He has published papers in sustainability and written articles for various publications.