Sarah Ashley Baxendell is a nonprofit and business development consultant and ecological, permaculture, and urban designer/planner known for her involvement in groundbreaking local food supply projects and urban ecological intervention programs which help communities connect more deeply with their natural environment. 

As a fundraiser and grant writer with over a decade of experience, Sarah brings a holistic approach to project design, planning, and funding that personalizes the way urban ecology projects positively impact communities.

Sarah received her Permaculture Design training from the BioRegional Center for Permaculture Living in Ellenville, New York. She also completed training in Sustainable Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her undergraduate degrees are in Finance and Business Administration, Marketing. Currently, she is a diploma candidate of the Permaculture Institute of North American (PINA) for her studies in Permaculture Site Design and Community Organizing & Development.

Professional Experiences

Project Management & Ecological Design

Director, Hilltop Urban Farm, 2018 - current

Director, Green Space Projects, Hilltop Alliance, 2018

Project Manager, Greenspace Asset Development, Hilltop Alliance, 2015 - 2018

Lead Permaculture Designer, Permatecture Design, 2012 - 2015

Ecological Design Assistant, Three Sisters Farm Permaculture Design, 2014

Work Trade Coordinator, North American Permaculture Convergence, 2014

Finance & Brand Management

Finance Committee, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, 2016 - 2018

Executive Assistant, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of Advising, Indiana University, 2014

Senior Inventory Analyst & Vendor Analyst, Macy's Inc., 2010 - 2012

Client Service Account Officer, JP Morgan Private Bank, 2009


B.S. Business Administration/Marketing, University of Delaware, 2008

B.S. Finance, University of Delaware, 2008

Sustainable Design Entrepreneurship Certification, Fashion Institute of New York, 2010

Permaculture Design Certification, BioRegional Center for Permaculture Living, 2011

Desktop Publishing Fundamentals Certification, Indiana University Bloomington, 2014

Web Site Design Fundamentals Certification, Indiana University Bloomington, 2014

Landmark Advanced Course, 2018

Landmark Forum, 2018

Candidate, Permaculture Site Design, Permaculture Institute of North America, 2018

Candidate, Community Organizing and Development, Permaculture Institute of North America, 2018

Grant Writing

Current Clients: Hilltop Alliance, Friends of South Side Park, Restoring Balance: Autism Recovery, Polar Permaculture, Stonehedge Gardens, GROW Permaculture, NODE, Schwartz Living Market, Times Up!, (YANA) You Are Never Alone, Hurricane Relief Network, Localflux, Lorenzo Boone

Grant Outcomes: Fundraised $300,000 in 1st Quarter, 2018. Fundraised $750,000 from 2015 to 2017. 

Permaculture Design and Business Consulting

Current Clients: Stonehedge Gardens, Polar Permaculture, Schwartz Living Market, (YANA) You Are Never Alone