Sarah Ashley Baxendell is an ecological and permaculture designer who is dedicated to "designing through nature" and specializes in urban ecological intervention and land conservation projects.

Sarah Ashley is an environmental and food systems project grant writer who specializes in public-private partnerships, federal, state, local and philanthropic fundraising for small to medium sized nonprofit organizations.

Sarah Ashley has over a decade of experience with landscape design, project management, and urban planning projects.

She is trained in Permaculture Design from the BioRegional Center for Permaculture Living in Ellenville, New York, Sustainable Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and is a current diploma candidate of the Permaculture Institute of North American (PINA) in Permaculture Site Design and Community Organizing and Development degrees. 

 Sarah Ashley near her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Sarah Ashley near her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts.


Ecological Design & Project Management

Director, Green Space Projects, Hilltop Alliance, 2018-current

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-current

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


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

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

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

Grant Writing

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

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

Permaculture and Business Consulting

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