was born and raised in the US. Her previous career before Permaculture Design, was in healthcare as a registered nurse. Love of nature and stewardship was inspired early, from childhood experiences both in the US and in Ecuador. Ecuador in it's mega diversity and raw abundant natural beauty had a greater impact as every summer was spent with grandparents in farms in southern Ecuador and the current property in Alausi. After inheriting nearly 3 hectares of her parents farm in Alausi, in 2010 a search for the answer to properly stewarding the land and an excellent opportunity for a complete change in career came via an introduction to Permaculture Design while living in Los Angeles, CA. Impressed by the three ethics in Permaculture: Care of the Earth, Care of the People, Return the Surplus, she decided to peruse all studies in the topic. In 2010, receiving her Urban PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) with Larry Santoyo of the City of Angels Permaculture Academy. Immediately after the course, immersion in volunteering in the local community permaculture projects and California's food justice campaign, "just label it" (GMO's , genetically modified organisms) began, including attending numerous workshops and conferences. She also decided to study rural permaculture and completed a second PDC with Geoff Lawton of The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, in 2013. Currently, Monica is executing her own design on her property (Eagle Condor Farm) as well as teaching, volunteering, and designing properties in Ecuador. Her specialties are Permaculture design, food forest design + implementation and teaching it in both English and Spanish. She is Eagle Condor Farm's project manager, administrator and principal educator.