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About Tyler

Tyler Ziton is a certified permaculture designer living in Austin, Texas. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Tyler grew up tending citrus trees and helping in the garden. Now, with over 20 years of gardening experience, he earned a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University and is diving deeper into the abundant world of permaculture. Tyler’s also the author of An Organic Companion Planting Guide.

Tyler in his backyard next to a banana plant

Professional Life

Tyler spent his twenties in Los Angeles, where he worked in tech and tried 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 time on his health and learned the foods that worked best for him, helping to reverse his chronic illness. Feeling inspired, he wanted to help others with their health, so he completed a certification in health coaching.

Then, Tyler ventured out. He lived in a van for two years, quit the 9-5, and started a business as a writer. With the arrival of the pandemic and the docu-film The Biggest Little Farm, he knew he had to get involved with homesteading and permaculture—to grow nutritious food and help others do the same.

So, Tyler merged his passions for health, writing, and homesteading into one. He created the Couch to Homestead website, garnered a following, and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University.

Tylers Permaculture Design Certificate

Today, you can find Tyler in his garden and at his local coffee shop, where he researches and writes articles. You can also find him in the Abundance Plus community—learning more about permaculture and connecting with over 14,000 homesteaders.

our backyard food forest
Our backyard food forest with avocado, banana, lemon, tangerine, lime, fig, and other plants!

Read more about how Couch to Homestead started

What Tyler’s Currently Reading:

  • Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
  • Dirt to Soil – Gabe Brown
  • Practical Permaculture: For Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth – Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein
  • Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual – Bill Mollison
  • Polyface Micro – Joel Salatin