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Pittsburgh, PA
Hometown: I'm a former Navy brat; I've got no hometown.

Member since:

October 8, 2012

How did you become interested in permaculture?

While looking at food production videos on YouTube, I came across one called "The Lazy Farmer." I'd always thought farming was too much work, but the permaculture method showed me that one could create abundance easily by simply stepping out of Nature's way and supporting it's natural systems. Then I went to the Permaculture Festival in Brooklyn and learned that it was about more than farming, but could be used to create a more socially just society and build resilience in the face of climate change.

If you have taken a Permaculture Design Course, who was your was your teacher and what year did you receive your certification?

I got my PDC at the Earth Activist Training taught by Starhawk at Prospect Rock Permaculture in Vermont in September of 2013. Assistant teachers were Keith Johnson, owner of Prospect Rock, and Charles Williams. Guest teachers included Lisa DiPiano, who runs a bike-powered trash pickup collective in MA, and Scotty Kellogg of "Backyard Bioshelter" fame. The Teaching Assistant was Rushelle Frazier.

How are you currently applying the permaculture principles in your life? (Care of people and the earth, fair distribution of surplus, promotion of diversity, cooperation, integration, zero waste, etc.:

I'm trying to connect with people and learn skills to be more self-sufficient: foraging, herbalism, and knitting. I've recently signed up for a doula class with Ancient Song Doula's so that I can assist a midwife with a natural home delivery or act as an advocate for a woman delivering in a hospital.

What are some of your favorite permaculture resources? (Books, videos, websites, etc.)

"The Permaculture Handbook" by Peter Bane; Geoff Lawton videos on YouTube; Toby Hemenway's "Gaia's Garden"; Elliot Coleman books; "The Survival Podcast" with Jack Spirko; and "The Permaculture Podcast" with Scott Mann.

What are some aspects of life in New York that you would like to see the group address from a permaculture perspective? (For example: land use patterns, the banking and healthcare systems, transportation, housing, community development, food, waste

I am the Co-Organizer for this group, and a member of the NYC chapter of the American Herbalist Guild.


Got interested in knowing where my food came from after watching "Food, Inc." Now very much interested in homesteading and small farming. I'd like to know how to transition to a more sustainable lifestyle.

What Tiffany is saying about this Meetup Group

Very focused and enthusiastic group of individuals. Love the information-sharing!

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