University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Keith Morris, Lecturer

Morris, Keith

Keith Morris, Lecturer

  • SDBLU (Sustainable Building, Design and Land Use), Institute for Social Ecology
  • APDC (Advanced Permaculture Design Consultant) Permaculture Institute
  • C.V.
Areas of Expertise

Permaculture, Farm Infrastructure, Tree Crop Systems

My research and practice focuses on the intersection of social and ecological health- with a particular emphasis on reforestation, nutrient dense and carbon-negative agriculture, and ecologically regenerative building, energy, and waste systems..

Contact Information
Office Hours: by appointment
Website: Prospect Rock Permaculture,Willow Crossing Farm

I teach the following courses:

  • Permaculture Fundamentals PSS 156
  • Permaculture Design Certificate PSS 195

Keith Morris is a professional designer, farmer, and educator. He is the founder of Prospect Rock Permaculture Willow Crossing Farm and co-founding board member of the Permaculture Institute of the NorthEast (P.I.N.E.). In addition to the Permaculture Design Certification courses here at the University of Vermont, Keith teaches Ecological Design, and Farm Infrastructure Design/ Build with Sterling College, Paul Smiths College, Saint Michael’s College, the Yestermorrow Design/ Build School, and with other community organizations.

Outside of teaching, he works consulting with forward-thinking landowners, community organizations, schools, towns, farmers, homesteaders, watershed organizations, land trusts, and others to interpret ecological context and make human-managed ecosystems more connected, beautiful, and productive- assisting people to better grow food, build soil, secure fresh water, harvest the sun, and harmonize with natural communities.

While his expertise is integrated farm infrastructure and tree crops systems for cold temperate climates, he works regularly in New York City and has designed and implemented systems in New Zealand, Colorado, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Quebec, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

On his farm, Keith maintains one of the most diverse collections of nut trees (and other interesting fruits) in the northeast. He is a father of two daughters, a beekeeper, and a former competitive snowboarder and works developing snowboarding gear and riding the backcountry in his spare time.