The Dream Team
PETE KANARIS - Founder/Owner of GreenDreams
Pete grew up with a natural love of plants, as his parents were both involved in horticulture by trade. Beginning in his teenage years, he gained landscaping experience with a large multinational company that was responsible for maintaining resorts & other botanical tourism destinations. At the young age of 21, he was ready for the responsibility of entrepreneur, founding his own landscaping company in 2000.
Pete later felt the need to take his company into a new business direction in 2011. He (& his wife, Mel) wanted to connect their passion of growing food with the existing landscape business, sparking the creation of GreenDreams as an edible landscaping & organic garden company. The business has grown quite a lot since then & Pete has never stopped learning, nor lost his passion!
He completed his Permaculture Design Certification Course with Wayne Wiseman of The Permaculture Project in 2012 & also attended/hosted an Advanced PDC with Eric Toensmeier (2012, 2015), author of several top permaculture books & leader in food forest design & perennial agriculture systems (PerennialSolutions.org.)
Even after the wide range of classes, PDC courses, convergences & conferences, Pete Kanaris always says the best knowledge has come from the experience of his work, through hindsight & hearing the highlights from fellow growers.
These days he packs his camera when he visits each educational adventure & you are welcome to learn along. To learn more, click here to head over to our YouTube channel to learn more.
AMANDA DODSON - Designer/Assistant
Amanda grew up with a passion for healthy living and a holistic lifestyle so it was only natural that her Interior Design Degree and 3 years towards a medical degree took her outside into the garden growing and designing edible landscapes.
She believes that the body, mind and soul must all be nurtured for health and what is a better way to do that then by growing your own food?!
A homeschooling mom of 2, she spends her free time, when she's not designing your yards or answering your emails, cultivating her urban homestead, enjoying real Florida nature, whipping up yummy food and making art (follow her on IG @TheDodsonDesign).
Amanda loves creating landscape designs that are "YOU" by integrating your lifestyle and your tastes with the knowledge and expertise to manage your personalized edible landscape! All with the experienced oversight of the GreenDreams Team woven in and throughout to make your dreams reality!
Matthew Reece - Designer
Matthew is constantly pursuing the latest innovations and best practices in regenerative land management and agroforestry.
His approach to design is heavily influenced by his background in engineering and surveying. Before teaming with GreenDreams, Matthew specialized in coastal restoration/development projects throughout Florida, the Caribbean, and Central America. He has spent much of his career in the field addressing real-world situations and collaborating with people from all walks of life.
He has traveled extensively over the years and developed a passion for tropical fruit hunting. His love for permaculture began in 2008 and he designed his first edible landscape in 2010. In his spare time Matthew is developing his own 7-acre homestead in Punta Gorda, FL which you can follow on his YouTube channel (What's Ripening?).
2005 Bachelors degree in Civil and Construction Engineering, University of Florida
2010 Masters degree in Civil and Construction Engineering, University of Florida
2010 Sustainable Engineering Certificate, University of Florida
2017 Permaculture Design Course, Geoff Lawton
2015 Created Facebook group: What's Ripening Florida? and Instagram @whatsripening to document and share information with fellow tropical fruit enthusiasts and growers throughout Florida.
2016 Created a YouTube channel Whats Ripening? to talk about fruit growing and to document the development of his farm/homestead site.
USCG Licensed Captain (100-ton Master)
NAUI Scuba Instructor