Doreen grew up in a small village south of Berlin in former communist East Germany.
It was common practice that people would have a food garden and raise animals for milk, eggs and meat.
From an early age she started to grow fruit and vegetables and take up a quarter of her parents 1000sqm property and created an ecologically well functioning food garden that had many medicinal flowers integrated with the food producing crops.
During her early teenage years she volunteered at the locally renowned Saxdorfer Pfarrgarten, where she furthered her study on plants and garden techniques.
Doreen has gained formal education in Environmental Monitoring of Soil and Water and achieved a Bachelor in Horticulture as well as completed a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and has completed various other courses.
With a lust for travel and adventure, Doreen embarked on a working holiday to Australia in 2005.
During her travels all around Australia, a hydroponic lettuce farm offered her a sponsorship. Falling in love with the country and its people, she ended up settling in Brisbane.
Her interest in permaculture got her into studying several permaculture design courses.