Sarah Carson

Owner and CEO of Programs and Solutions


With over twenty years of experience as a professional environmental gardener, Sarah uses ecology-based, permaculture methods to effectively design low-maintenance school gardens, exhibits, and programs. She focuses on establishing garden elements and plants that provide stacked systems and interpretive educational connections.  Her cross-cutting garden education programs and designs for teaching gardens have received recognition from the California Senate for innovation in the farm to fork movement, regional acknowledgments from Stanislaus and San Joaquin County Office of Education Prevention Programs, and unanimous praise from San Joaquin County librarians.


Her twenty years as a professional environmental garden designer and program writer have included the following studies and certifications:

  • Certified in Permaculture Design from Santa Cruz Permaculture.

  • Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Seed Saving Steward.

  • Certified California Naturalist through UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies certificate for the Growing Up Wild and Project Wild programs.

  • Four years as a traveling teacher with the Great Valley Natural History Museum, Modesto, CA.

  • Santa Cruz Life Labs’ Garden Educator Workshops.

  • Three years of after-school prevention programs garden development and staff training with Stanislaus and San Joaquin Offices of Education.

  • Prototype exhibit development of the 2018-21 Children-Educator-Community-Harvest (CECH) Garden Project at Del Puerto High School, Patterson, CA including garden design, installation, student programs, and media development,

  • Six years teaching Science in the Garden programs and ecological garden care for all ages in the Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, and Calaveras counties’ community and after-school prevention programs.

  • Twenty years of developing and caring for a micro-urban farm project that included a 4-H chicken breeding and colored egg production project, angora rabbit care and fiber use, and regenerating urban spaces into productive food-producing gardens.