Photo: 2014 Maine NEPC
Adopted MARCH 26, 2011, Moretown, VT, Updated February 2014, Easton, NY
PAN has articulated its mission, values, goals, and activities as follows. We are open to full transparency and are happy to share any legal or organizing documents upon request. Please email email@example.com for more information or a request.
PAN (fka PINE) Background
PINE was created in 2005 to support the regional permaculture network. The idea for a non-profit came through a series of meetings held at Jono Neiger’s house in Leverett, MA where the regional convergence, listserve and wiki, and organization were conceived. Run by a small all-volunteer board the organization has grown slowly, taking on a variety of projects such as supporting the continuity of the regional convergence, offering the use of the non-profit as a fiscal sponsor for projects that support the education and region-wide mission, and facilitating conversation and resource sharing through future projects such as a regional resource database.
PAN is a 501c3 non-profit organization that increases the resilience of the Northeast region by
- strengthening the regional permaculture network and
- increasing access to relevant education and resources.
More specifically, we
- Facilitate communication, resource-sharing, and strategic organizing within the network and with complementary/allied movements
- Support local permaculture individuals, groups and networks through capacity building.
PINE’s work will be informed by these values:
- Permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and fair share
- Being of service to the greater regional permaculture community
- Reflecting the needs/issues/opportunities of the greater regional permaculture community
- Supporting decentralization, local autonomy and self-organizing across the network
- Encouraging symbiosis, cooperation and collaboration
- Valuing ecological patterns of organization, power sharing, and movement of resources.
- Confirming our commitment to social justice and people care by confronting and addressing power and privilege in our movement.
PINE sees the northeast permaculture network as being akin to a mycelial network with nodes and connections. In that spirit, PINE seeks to increase/strengthen both the nodes and the connections. Rather than doing the primary work of permaculture organizing and teaching, we encourage and support self-organization.
PINE has a Board of Directors, which seeks to represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the network.
- Summer Regional and Sub-regional Gatherings (June – August)
- Fall Womens Gathering at Omega (September)
- Fall Professional Development Events (often held at OMEGA)
- Winter PINE Retreat (Usually in February for Board and organizers)
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org