June 5, 2007
I was attending a meeting of a group that was the pre-cursor to Green Phoenix Permaculture. Someone, I believe it was Sean Maley, mentioned this new movement called permaculture that he'd just heard about. After some discussion, we decided to rename our group to its current name and change its mission to focus on permaculture education and demonstration.
Geoff Lawton , 2007 Andrew Faust, 2011
I'm facilitating a set of community gardens in Crown Heights called Imani Garden. These are two gardens, one at 87-91 Schenectady Ave and 1680 Pacific Street. We have built a variety of permaculture inspired projects at these gardens including a chicken coop, a chicken run, a solar powered aquaponic system, a greenhouse, 13 raised beds and two water storage systems. We've also created a set of by-laws to ensure that the garden is governed in a manner consistent with permaculture principles. If you'd like to find out more about Imani, please go to www.green-phoenix.org. I'm also working on starting two businesses: an edible yard landscaping company and a community carting and composting business.
I'm a big fan of Starhawk who has written a guide to living in community employing permaculture principles. She also has written "The Fifth Sacred Thing", a novel about a post apocalyptic world centered in northern California. Geoff Lawton has a host of videos on Youtube as do other permies such as Toby Hemenway, Peter Bane, Andrew Faust and Mark Shepherd.
Food waste, composting, solar energy, edible yards among others. A group of like-minded souls have started a group that meets monthly at Brooklyn Borough Hall to discuss how we can increase the levels of community composting in NYC. If you're interested in joining, send me a message.
I graduated from the PDC sponosored by Green Phoenix in 2007 taught by Geoff Lawton and another taught by Andrew Faust in 2011. I've been facilitating the Imani community garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn since 2008.
It's a great way to meet your neighbors and find other gardening enthusiasts. And then there's all of those free vegetables.