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PINE History
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What is Permaculture?


For the last 10+ years, a small group of volunteers has been working to organize our regional community- creating opportunities to connect and learn from each other.  In 2008, some of these folks formed Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (PINE) as a registered 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


Jesse Labbe-Watson, ME – President (2015)

Keith Morris, Jeffersonville, VT – Co-Founder  (2009)
Lisa Fernandes, Portland, ME – Treasurer  (2010)

Jono Neiger, Leverett, MA   Co-Founder (2009)

Lisa DePiano, Holyoke, MA (2015)

Previous Board Members

Steve Gabriel, Ithaca, NY – C0-Founder   (2009-2015)

Alice Oldfather, Albany, NY   (2013-2015)

Laura Weiland, Kingston, NY   (2014-2015)

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

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