In everything we do we live these values:
Responsibility - for our own Earth impact
Optimism - that our simple solutions benefit the Earth
Community - to engage with, be inclusive, educate and inspire
Knowledge - a lifetime of continual learning that is shared
Service - be kind, listen, educate, encourage, care for and mentor
Teamwork - to make collaborative and insightful actions
Respect - for each person’s opinion, lifestyle and values
Passion - to grow and share what drives us
Our team are a casual staff workforce with a wonderful mix of diverse interests and passions. We have worked with inspirational uni students who eventually move on to careers focused on a sustainable planet. Jo, Bec, Matt and Sally all live within walking distance of our Vic Park store. Kate brings in a lovely diversity from the Perth Hills and Kobi from the Northern suburbs. We all grow food, compost, and are learning every day just how the power of one makes a difference!
Between us we hold Permaculture Design Certificates, an Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate and Certificate 3 in Permaculture. We are members of our local Community Gardens, shop locally, and support independent local businesses.
Jo began her career as an engineer - her background is in control systems implementation on oil and gas facilities and mining sites. Finding Permaculture and understanding that the humus molecule created by composting can help heal our Earth was life-changing and led to the creation of Urban Revolution. Jo has a wealth of experience in Permaculture and garden design. She loves creating soil, growing food and wholefood cooking. Jo has two kids and a husband who has completed his PDC and is now the home composting guru!
Bec is the smiling face of our Perth Eco and Garden Store. With a strong background in retail, catering and hospitality, she regularly spoils us with an array of home baked goods for in store events. She managed the design and build of her permaculture property in nearby Kensington, where she enjoys growing veggies and keeping chooks. Bec holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and is currently working towards her Cert. III in permaculture.
Kate moved to the Perth Hills from the UK in 2018 and enjoys learning about backyard biodiversity and how to grow a successful edible garden in Perth’s wonderfully warm climate. She is committed to low tox living, working hard to minimise the use of chemicals at home and in family life. With a strong background in marketing, she has most recently worked on a self employed basis for small businesses, while raising her young family. Kate has a specific responsibility for marketing as part of the Urban Revolution team, and can also be found in-store regularly on Sunday and Monday.
Kobi is incredibly passionate about helping people learn how to be stewards of the land, and is eager to learn from them in that process. Kobi holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and has completed his Cert. III in Permaculture. He is also a regular volunteer at the Hope Op Shop.
A talented musician, Kobi teaches piano to children and adults. He lives in Bassendean with his partner, Jules, and they welcomed their first son, Herbie, in 2022.
Rachel After earning a diploma in sustainable living, Rachel asked her neighbours to contribute their kitchen scraps to her compost and turned the lawn of her East Victoria Park front yard into a vegetable garden. She’s passionate about community building around environmental action and is always thrilled to share her produce, experiences and learning with her neighbours (and anyone else who will listen). She is also a writer, with work published on community, environment and mental health. She’s studying a PhD in creative writing with a focus on climate change in literary fiction and in 2023 is crocheting a temperature blanket, tracking the daily maximum through the year. She is humbled and grateful to live, work and learn on Whadjuk Noongar country.
Matt brings a wealth of experience in customer service and e-commerce to the Urban Revolution team, where he has specific responsibility for online marketing and search engine optimisation. He has a keen interest in sustainability and gardening which stems from childhood days spent on his grandparents rose farm in the Perth Hills. Matt is currently establishing a veggie garden by repurposing IBCs, and recently completed the renovation of his front yard which included the restoration of jarrah fencing and planting a waterwise native verge garden.
Sally lives and grows food on a small suburban block in Perth. She discovered Urban Revolution while doing her first Permaculture course and was a frequent customer before she became a member of staff though now is volunteering time to sprinkle around her fairy dust. Sally loves to cook, sew and spend time in her garden, and she hopes one day to master the art of growing vegetables from seed.
Our team members love to share know-how on subjects including; composting, soil creation, growing food, integrated pest management, permaculture, earth-friendly household products, reducing waste, recycling, veggie growing bed positioning, plant-out advise and design. These services are in-store based with no customer cost.
Read on to learn about our sustainable initiatives in Our Store & Community.