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Meet the Team

Our dedicated team at the Kimbriki Eco House and Garden include Peter Rutherford, Penelope Jacobs, Rachel Kernaghan and Adam Tilley.

Peter Rutherford

Peter Rutherford

Peter Rutherford has been the Senior Eco Gardener at Kimbriki Eco House and Garden for more than 17 years. Peter is a social ecologist, horticulturist and educator with an extensive knowledge of soils and microbes and the sciences of composting and worm farming. With an infectious passion for sustainable living, Peter inspires both adults and children to live more sustainably.

Peter has taught in schools, co-designed and presented the EPA Earthworks and the Waste Board’s Healthy Gardens courses and has authored many articles, books and videos. Peter has been both guest and presenter on ABC’s popular Gardening Australia as well as appearing on various gardening and lifestyle television programs promoting the benefits of composting and worm farming.

You can contact Peter by writing or emailing via Kimbriki Eco House and Garden.

Penelope Jacobs

Penelope Jacobs

Penelope Jacobs is the Marketing Officer + Eco House and Garden Co-ordinator at Kimbriki.

Pen graduated with a BA in Visual Communication from Sydney College of the Arts (now UTS). Pen has a background in graphic design, is an award-winning exhibition designer, and has worked in community relations teams at the Sydney Opera House, TAFE, the SPCC (now DECCW), MSB and MSB Waterways (now NSW Maritime). At the SPCC, she worked on campaigns such as 'Our Earth Our Future' and '1988 No Time to Waste'.

Pen has worked at Kimbriki for 18 years. As part of her role she manages Kimbriki’s Eco House and Garden; organising bookings for site tours and workshops, advertising, brochures, the website, signage and occasionally taking the Kimbriki message to local festivals. Pen was instrumental in securing the original Eco Garden project, and has been involved in the renewal of the new Eco House and Garden precinct into a hub for inspiring change for sustainability in the community. 

Pen lives locally.

Rachel Kernaghan

Rachel Kernaghan is a keen educator and trained teacher who has been working and volunteering in environmental education for the last 9 years. She is a local mum who has been teaching about ecology and sustainability, locally with OzGREEN, Kimbriki, Auseco, Manly Vale Community Garden and local schools. Over the last 4 years she has been the dedicated Kitchen Garden specialist teacher at Seaforth and Narraweena Public Schools teaching young children how to grow their own food, compost their food waste and understand more about their relationship with their natural environment. Rachel has also been educating members of the local community about the various ways to reduce the use of chemicals in homes including household chemicals, personal care products and pesticides/fertilizers in family food. Rachel’s passion and energy for reducing waste and educating others about these issues, especially her work with local schools, allows us to expand our reach even further into the community.