Laine MacTague

Laine MacTague


Laine relishes the insights gained from the interplay of disparate schools of study. He earned simultaneous degrees in wildlife biology and literature. He has worked in fields as varied as biological consultancy, real estate investment, and research oenology. He even spent several years working as – of course – a handyman.

Working in education / facilitation has been a constant in Laine’s life. The subjects vary: Personal development, algebra. Falconry, writing. Adventure motorcycle riding, geometry, rock climbing… Laine would say that every subject provides a measure of insight into any other subject. 

In 2010, McTague was applying ecology+personal values+financial considerations to the process of landscaping investment homes when he first encountered permaculture. Finding himself on a path already well-trodden, he began a period of intense permaculture study. His relationship with Quail Springs began in 2012, with that year’s PDC. “The holistic nature of permaculture,” says Laine, “supports, almost demands, the kind of interdisciplinary connectivity I’ve always found so enjoyable and engaging."

Currently living in urbania, Laine is interested in a pattern language for Mediterranean urban home permaculture, and is experimenting with methods of resource cycling, energy production, small animal management, water management, hardscape construction, and other aspects of sustainable urban living. The diversity of his quarter acre property echoes that of his study, his work, his teaching; cherries and guava, prickly pear and chocolate mint, white sage and bananas. Laine is pleased to have had great success reintroducing native small animals into this home ecological system. His two year old daughter kisses the lizards, when she catches them

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