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Paula Hewitt A.


New York, NY

Member since:

February 1, 2014

How did you become interested in permaculture?

The director of Composting from the NYC Department of Sanitation introduced me to permaculture in 1988, and asked me to develop garden projects in NYC along permaculture principles.

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

I have not taken a PDC.

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.:

Promotion of diversity and cooperation between youth and adults, between people of different interests and backgrounds, and between countries. In 1996 Paula of Open Road organized an exchange bringing Cuban permaculturist Roberto Perez Rivero to NYC for his first visit to the US, and developed an Intercambio (exchange) between Cuba, US and Toronto for visiting permaculture designers, biologists, and artists.

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

Andrew Faust and Adriana Magana lectures on youtube, In Grave Danger of Falling Food, and Permaculture: a Designers Manual

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

Social aspects of permaculture, integration with popular youth activities like skateboarding and active recreation, composting in schools, school food, and urban retrofitting of neighborhoods along the lines of Harlem Children's Zone style total change within an area.


Paula is the founder of Open Road, a NYC based group that creates outdoor spaces with youth following green design principles, including permaculture, participatory design, and sustainable design.

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