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  • Farm Director and Educator at the George Jones Memorial Farm


  • BA in anthropology, The Ohio State University
  • MA in social ecology, Goddard College
  • Certifications in permaculture design and Instruction
  • Certification in aquaponics University of the Virgin Islands


Brad Melzer is the Education Director for the George Jones Memorial Farm and Nature Preserve in Oberlin, Ohio; a 70 acre educational organic farm and nature preserve. The Jones Farm is also the home of City Fresh; a 600-member Community Supported Agriculture. After starting his career studying activism, eco-anarchism, and communalism 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 also published papers in sustainability and written articles for various publications.