Increasing Recognition of Women Leaders in Permaculture & Other Practices

  • February 27, 2014 · 7:00 PM

This is the make-up for the original presentation date that was cancelled due to snow on February 13th. Co-Organizer, Tiffany, will present a slideshow and discussion of the Women In Permaculture Conference that took place in October 2013 at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. The event was sponsored by Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (P.I.N.E.), and attended by several NYC-based permies. Organizer, Uma Alice, who is also a founding member of Green Phoenix Permaculture and a board member of P.I.N.E., will give some additional remarks on what it took to bring the gathering together and overarching goals fo the organizers.

The presentation will examine some of the challenges to increasing the profile of women as leaders within the larger permaculture movement, while taking time to highlight some of the local projects done by the female members of our Meetup group and other conference attendees. 

After a break for networking and small group discussions, there will be a second presentation on applying permaculture design principles to community building--making the so-called "invisible structures," more visible. Specifically, there will be an examination of the midwifery model of childbirth and homeschooling from the permaculture perspective. 

Tiffany has been an organizer for the New York Permaculture Meetup since 2012. Initially attracted to permaculture through a desire to freely eat natural and ethically produced food--unlike that which she learned about in the movie "Food, Inc."--Tiffany received her Permaculture Design Certificate through the Earth Activitist Training (EAT) taught by Starhawk and hosted by Keith Morris at Prospect Rock Permaculture in Vermont in September of 2013. A few months later, after watching "The Business of Being Born," she became a certified doula (childbirth assistant) under the tutelage of Chanel Porchia and Patricia Thomas of Ancient Song Doula Services in Brooklyn. 

An educator and avid traveler, Tiffany hopes to bring the teachings of permaculture to a wide variety of people working in multitude of disciplines in order to return the focus of our society from one based in fear, competition, and consumerism, to a more humane lifestyle based on trust, cooperation, and enjoyment of simple pleasures. In doing so, she believes incorporation of the permaculture ethics and principles into all aspects of life will help everyone, and especially the most vulnerable in our society, to adapt and be resilient in the face of changing climatic, energetic, and financial conditions.

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  • Claudine-Michele

    It was wonderful to meet up with all of you. I am looking forward to joining you again very soon.

    March 7, 2014

  • Anthony A.

    Thank you Tiffany for the presentation - I loved the parts of homeschool and midwifery especially. Here is the video from Jenny Pell - who is in my opinion probably the most powerful permaculture activists out there. The video is from a show called "Peak moment" Thanks again and great to connect with everyone! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7anJHbFhg

    2 · March 1, 2014

    • Tiffany

      Thanks, Anthony! I have seen this show before, and I agree--she's powerful! I look forward to seeing you at a future event and having more time to talk. Thanks for coming out!

      1 · March 5, 2014

    • Anthony A.

      :) awesome! looking forward to all the good connections this spring and summer! See you next week!

      March 7, 2014

  • mar k.

    Thank you for this excellent write up for an intro to the meeting. Some more food for thought in regard to be more visible came in from Women in Food and Ag Network http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au3d5qtP3Tw

    2 · February 26, 2014

    • mar k.

      I use to do work with the YWCA so it was great to see them share some of their insight

      February 28, 2014

    • Tiffany

      Just watched it. It was cute, short, and poignant. Thanks for sharing! I hope we get to talk more again soon. :)

      March 1, 2014

  • Helen

    Thanks for your thought provoking presentation, Tiffany. Let's bring attention to the many women who are Permaculture educators. Erica Strauss, who posts an urban homesteading blog, North West Edible Life, http://www.nwedible.com/2012/03/half-ass-hugelkultur.html is one of my new faves.

    3 · February 28, 2014

  • Carmen

    Hello all,
    Thank you so much for your workshop last night. Tiffany, you did a wonderful job in expanding my view on permaculture and the roles we play.
    I enjoyed meeting everyone and I look forward to future events

    2 · February 28, 2014

    • Tiffany

      Thanks for coming out! I was really happy to have such a good crowd.

      February 28, 2014

    • mar k.

      Hi Carmen, It was great to meet you and hope to have more time to talk next time

      February 28, 2014

  • Tiffany

    Also, please feel free to post any events you're having on the meet up site. :)

    February 28, 2014

  • Tiffany

    Thank you all for coming! If you have any feedback, please post it here!

    February 28, 2014

  • Tiffany

    We Work Building, 349 5th Ave. (entrance on 34th St.), 4th floor screening room. 7-9pm. Tiffany[masked]-3910. Next to Chase Bank.

    February 27, 2014

  • Joshua M.

    A recording would be great!

    February 25, 2014

    • Tiffany

      Sorry, no recording this time.

      February 26, 2014

  • Emily

    This looks incredible. I am attending a seminar on Vbac that night which runs until 8:30. As a doula with a love of permaculture this is my dream event. Will a recording be made? How long will it go on for and could I come to the last bit? Also I would love to meet you Tiffany! I'm so happy that you are doing this!!!

    2 · February 25, 2014

    • Tiffany

      No recording will be made, but I'd love to get together with you and talk about it later! Also, what group is the VBAC seminar with? I'd love to go some time. PM me, please.

      February 26, 2014

  • Joshua M.

    Great that you're doing this. I can attest to the greater importance of the relational over the technical knowledge in community and in trying to create a garden. Any way you might broadcast this presentation to other areas, over Skype maybe? Thanks!

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Tiffany

    “There often is a bias that the guys who work with big machines are the ones who really know, and the technical skills are most important. They are extremely valuable, but the social skills are often the real constraining factor in moving from the theory to the practice,” said Starhawk. “People often go off and set up a wonderful intentional community and the next thing you know they are all fighting and break up. Also, women are often constrained from traveling because of families, so they may not be in position to do big sexy international projects. A lot of women are working locally and are committed to working on their own home fronts and we need to learn to value those things more as well.” http://permaculturenews.org/2014/02/18/pattern-language-women-permaculture/

    1 · February 17, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      The Morehouse intentional community has thrived since the 60's with the focus of finding out what the women in the community want and giving that to them.

      1 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So excited for this!

    1 · February 17, 2014

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