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About Tyler

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Tyler Ziton is a former techie, now permaculture designer currently living in Austin, Texas. Originally from Orlando, FL, he grew up tending citrus trees and helping out in the garden. Now, with over 20 years of casual gardening experience, he’s putting it into practice and getting his Permaculture Design Certification from Oregon State University. Tyler’s also the author of An Organic Companion Planting Guide.

Professional Life

Tyler spent most of his twenties living in Los Angeles, California, where he worked for tech companies, trying to move up in the rat race. After 10 years, and finding himself with burnout and chronic health issues, he knew a change was needed.

Initially, Tyler spent some time on his health and learned which foods worked best for him, helping reverse his chronic illness. At the time, he wanted to share his positive experience and help others with their health, so he studied and got his certification in health coaching.

Then, Tyler ventured out, living in a van for two years before quitting the 9-5 and starting his own business as a writer. After the pandemic and watching the pivotal docu-film The Biggest Little Farm, he knew he wanted to get involved with homesteading—to grow nutritious food and help others do the same.

Today, you can find Tyler at his local coffee shops, spending his mornings researching and writing articles. Online, you can find him studying Permaculture Design from Oregon State University and in the Abundance Plus community—hanging out with over 14,000 other homesteaders.

Read more about how Couch to Homestead started

What Tyler’s Currently Reading:

  • Dirt to Soil – Gabe Brown
  • Practical Permaculture: For Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth – Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein
  • Polyface Micro – Joel Salatin
  • Nutrition and Physical Degeneration – Weston A. Price
  • Work Energy – Jim Harmer