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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  • Norine

    Hello Tiffany I don't know if you remember me Norine but I see you are not in the AMBW group anymore I hope all is well with you. Peace!

    Oct 13, 2014 10:38 PM
  • Joseph

    Felt the same :)

    Jul 14, 2014 11:27 PM
  • antonia

    Hi Tiffany! its Antonia from Yesterday! :)

    Jun 04, 2014 8:36 PM
  • Cheryl G

    Have been trying to get to an event, Just I live on Long Island. If anything coming up is in FLUSHING it would be easier for me to go. Don't scratch me out yet!

    Apr 19, 2014 2:06 PM
  • Daniel T.

    Welcome back Leader :P

    Apr 07, 2014 9:12 PM
  • caroline

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Growing Cities documentary screening!!

    Mar 25, 2014 10:12 PM
  • Wenting

    Dear Tiffany, remember in the monthly meeting, I was talking about a practical handy workshops for people who have no experience in fixing and making things? I am wondering how and where I can talk with you to make that happen next year? Also, I have ideas about hosting a book discussions to question and increase awareness of our current lifestyle to others, and host a free outdoor Yoga workshop next year because I was a Yoga instructor. I hope I can hear from you soon! Thanks!

    Dec 19, 2013 8:57 PM
  • AJ M.

    Sorry for the late reply myself! Hope you had a great holiday. Been kinda busy.

    Dec 02, 2013 9:24 PM
  • Noriko H.

    thank you for your comment! i just noticed it now, looking fwd to meet you!

    Dec 02, 2013 1:42 PM
  • Mike M.

    Peace from New York Tiffany,

    おれはMikeです. Not sure if you read Japanese but I'm mike and its good to meet you.
    I have traveled the world too, as a professional artist,so many cool places to see.

    Feel free to hit me back anytime
    Easy out

    Nov 12, 2013 9:01 PM
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