You asked – We listened! We have added a number of PAN Membership benefits. When would now be a good time to join and to support our work.
Introducing a new webinar series hosted by the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN). We will host a series of webinars designed to answer the question from our members, “What can we do now that we’ve finished our Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course?” We will examine a number of permaculture career pathways local to the Northeast and all across the world. Our first topic of discussion is highlighting permaculture-based disaster relief efforts by women working in Puerto Rico, Nepal and Austria.
A Conversation on Permaculture and Disaster Relief: Shifting from aid and dependence to solidarity and self determination
Friday 1/26/18 10-11 am USA Eastern Time – Recorded
Join us for a conversation with Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Prabina Shrestha and Pippa Buchanan hosted by the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN) and sponsored by Resilience Planning and Design of NH. Learn how these practitioners are using permaculture-based skills to help in disaster relief efforts as a form of solidarity and social justice work in their respective countries of Puerto Rico, Nepal, and Australia.
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We’re delighted to welcome these practitioners:
Pippa Buchanan is a resilience and sustainability educator based in Linz, Austria and originally from Adelaide, Australia. Her focus is in working with individuals and groups to discuss, experiment and develop how they can develop safe and abundant futures for their households, organisations and communities. She is also a researcher at Permaculture and Disaster Risk Reduction. Pippa’s work is informed by permaculture, community-driven action and open technologies and processes.
Prabina Shrestha is the Village/Program Coordinator of Nepal’s Resilience Through Recovery program. Her work is focused in Nuwakot and Kavre, two villages in the center region of Nepal (Katmandu). RTR is the program started from a need to see an integration of Permaculture systems response with the rebuilding community after the 2015 earthquake. Local partner, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre, supports locally trained barefoot consultants, while the Kamala Foundation provides financial support to Prabhina’s Sunrise Farm to help with coordination. Prabhina says, “We are working in two villages. In both cases nearly 100% of houses were destroyed or damage.”
Tara Rodríguez Besosa of the Food Department, manages The Resilience Fund of Puerto Rico, which is based on five support pillars: Seeds + Sowing directed by Mara Nieves / Reforestation led by Steve Maldonado Silvestrini from La Reselva / Renewable Energy / Water Collection of Rain / Well-being. Says Tara, “The Resilience Fund aims to impact 200 plantings in the next 24 months after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Support for sustainable agriculture is of great value for the just recovery of our country. Puerto Rico deserves well-being, health, prosperity and local food that does not pollute our ecosystems.”
The Resilience Fund collaborates with other projects and organizations that can contribute towards these five pillars, managing to pool efforts between projects and resources. The “Guagua Solidaria” is our vehicle to give support around the islands of Puerto Rico through brigades, which are free and open to all types of agro-ecological planting; farms, community gardens, school gardens, home plantings. The bus comes with seeds for each planting that is visited, tools and equipment for construction and agriculture, camping equipment, a mobile kitchen, and a group of volunteers. La Guagua allows us to provide efficient support to each place visited, being a useful tool to raise our food system and our agroecological community.
The creation of The PAN Permaculture Educators’ Pledge, was a 3+ year participatory process, convened by the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN formally know as PINE). This 1- page document was distilled from many meetings, conversations, convergences, phone calls, scribbled notes, retreats and late night talks around the fire as our network grappled with how we, as a grassroots movement honor and embody our ethics as we grow and how we do this as a network for the network rather than a top down imposed set of rules and regulations from the outside. Read more about the pledge and how to adopt it here.
Season’s greetings permaculture friends–
As you may know by now, PAN –the Permaculture Association of the Northeast– is a membership organization that relies on the support of the greater northeast permaculture network to help fund our activities throughout the region. Some of our members hail from as far south as Pennsylvania, as far west as New York, as far north as Quebec and as far east as the Canadian Maritimes. Many of you may remember the northeast permaculture convergence, which has been the flagship project for us for the last ten years and has enabled us to build this network based on face-to-face relationships. We have recently diversified our offerings in how we steward and support the permaculture nodes throughout the region.
Our current activities include:
- Network strategic planning from the northeast region and beyond to the national
- Diversity and solidarity trainings for teachers and organizers
- Teacher trainings for women in permaculture
- Voluntary and co-created standards in permaculture education
- Northeast Permaculture Convergence planning for summer 2018
- NEW! – Webinars focused on supporting permaculture practitioners in a professional capacity – helping permies stay connected and informed across the region!
- Enhancement to our membership program
- Strengthening member connections within the region
I’m writing to ask you to consider two ways of supporting our continued work. First, if you’re not already a member, please do become a member of PAN ($30-100/year). Secondly, whether you’re a member or not, please consider making a $5 to $500 donation to PAN. PAN is a 501(c)(3) organization so your donation may be tax-deductible. If you have felt that permaculture education has enhanced your life in any way, your donation would be a great way to “pay it forward” and support the continued development of the network. PAN exists to support the activities of the regional nodes and increase access to quality permaculture education, events and content. Your donations and membership dues are greatly appreciated and go toward paying our expenses and keeping our activities consistent and continuous throughout the years.
Thank you very much for your support.
President of the Board, PAN
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Across the region PAN members are working on innovative projects on their properties, in their neighborhoods, and in their chosen communities. Moving from idea to implementation is dependent on many variables but one of the most limited is often funding. Over the past few years the PAN Board has been working closely with the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) to share funding opportunities with our members. Fortunately for us NEGEF as an organization shares many of the same ethics as PAN and the Permaculture community do! NEGEF is “dedicated to inspire, connect, and support community-based environmental projects throughout New England.”
So, how does this work? There are two initial grant sources at NEGEF that we encourage you to review. They are called Seed and Grow grants and are designed for groups that:
* are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
* are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
* have an annual operating budget under $100,000.
It is important to note that NEGEF does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. Their focus is specifically on community-based, local initiatives. More information on both grants is available at https://grassrootsfund.org/dollars.
Seed grants have a rolling application so you can apply anytime. Grow grants are accepted twice per year. There is also a Harvest grant round once per year for capacity building projects for groups empowering youth-led initiatives that allow young adults to design, lead, and engage a community-based effort from inception.
We hope that you will take a closer look at these funding opportunities for your projects. If you do move forward and need a fiscal sponsor at any point you can always look to PAN for that service!