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PINE History
Organizational Structure
Mission and Values
What is Permaculture?


For the last 10+ years, a small group of volunteers has been working to organize our regional community and create opportunities to connect and learn from each other. In 2008, some of these folks formed Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (PINE) as a MA non-profit and a federal 501c3 and began asking others from around the region to volunteer on the Board.

So far, we have:

  • Supported a Northeast Permaculture Convergence every summer for the last 10 years
  • Created and stewarded free online resources for sharing information and best practices
  • Designed and started early implementation of a searchable Regional Database to make finding permaculture resources easier
  • Organized multiple sub-regional gatherings for permaculture teachers, professional designers and organizers
  • Co-facilitated the first Strategic Regional Organizing Open Space in 2012
  • Co-convened the first-ever Women in Permaculture Gathering in our region in 2013
  • Convened the Northeastern regional caucus at the first-ever North American Permaculture Convergence in August 2014

Current Board Members

Keith Morris, Burlington, VT – President  (2009-2015)
Lisa Fernandes, Portland, ME – Treasurer  (2010-2016)
Steve Gabriel, Ithaca, NY – Clerk   (2009-2015)
Jono Neiger, Leverett, MA   (2009-2015)
Alice Oldfather, Albany, NY   (2013-2016)
Laura Weiland, Kingston, NY   (2014-2017)

Previous Board Members

Uma Alice Lo, Queens, NY   (2010-2014)
Roxy Finn, Chicopee, MA
Mark Krawczyk, Burlington, VT

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