Thursday, July 12, 2018

Accelerated Permaculture Training certificate course

This permaculture training course has been a long time coming . . . in fact, it was what we set out to offer when we first came together in 2011. Adele Falco of Curious on Hudson led us to Claudia Joseph, a permaculture practitioner in Brooklyn, who will be offering accelerated permaculture training right here in the Rivertowns this fall. And, because we are grant funded (thank you Hudson River Presbytery) we are able to offer this certification at a very low, one-time only price. Please join us!  Roots & Wings

Accelerated Permaculture Training certificate course 

with Claudia Joseph, New York Permaculture Exchange
at South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
6 Saturday sessions September – November, 9 am – 5 pm

September 15 and 22, October 20, November 3, 10, and 17 (class time, field work, projects)

Participants also have the opportunity to attend the 7th Annual New York City Permaculture Festival together. It's in Park Slope, Brooklyn, October 13, 10 am – 2 pm

$300 by August 30 / $400 after
No one is turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships available.

For answers to specific questions, contact

The above link takes you to an online payment portal (there is a small service charge). You can also send a check made out to Roots & Wings, South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522, noting Permaculture Training AND notify us at that your payment has been sent. We will confirm that you are registered by email. 

An approachable entry-point for those who are new to permaculture and a comfortable re-entry for those who seek further practice.

This fast-paced course covers traditional permaculture topics used in whole systems design such as energy, climate, shelter, community, food, waste streams, and water management, utilizing current information from reliable experts and practical knowledge from traditional sources. 

To step into the rapid transition that is happening right now, the emphasis is on social cooperation and positive change. 

Guest teachers include :
  • Jono Neiger, a Massachuesett’s based agroecologist with a lifetime of experience in regenerative design
  • Renee Peperone, cofounder of BK ROT, a bike-powered compost pickup service
  • Anne Wiesen, a trained herbalist who will lead field training in plant-based medicine
  • John Steitz, an architect who designs buildings that mimic plant processes
  • Mark Scaramucci, a permaculturist whose expertise includes green roofs, tree pruning, and rainwater harvesting
  • Kelly Fragale, a musician, designer, and skill share party producer who practices urban homesteading.
“I’ve never taught a Permaculture course like this one,” said Claudia Joseph, founder of New York Permaculture Exchange. “Instead of talking about the global warming to come, it’s here. We need to come together as communities now more than ever.”

The ethics of permaculture are care of the earth, care of people, and fair share—a return of surplus time, energy and money to the cause of bettering the earth and its people.

These principles have the promise to raise our quality of life, improve our commons, and give us a new lens through which to analyze of global news, incubate business ideas and develop healthy lifestyles. 

in the Rivertowns and at Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn

  • Practice the social and landscape design aspects of whole systems management.
  • Learn design skills and biological gardening through hands-on experience and direct observation.
  • Interact with a landscape designed specifically to survive climate chaos.
  • Increase the dynamic life level – and thus the livability – of a landscape.
  • Explore stewardship of an undefined public commons.
  • Understand what makes a landscape useful.


Claudia Joseph, Founder and Director of the New York Permaculture Exchange, is a permaculture teacher, consultant and community gardener. She is certified in permaculture education and permaculture design by the Permaculture Institute of North America. Claudia also holds a Diploma of Permaculture from Permaculture USA.

After becoming certified in Permaculture Design, Claudia taught at Merritt College (Oakland, CA), Berkeley Ecology Center and Oakland Botanical Demonstration Gardens and established the East Bay Permaculture Exchange.

After moving to the east coast, Claudia founded the New York Permaculture Exchange based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with demonstration gardens at the Old Stone House & Washington Park. Claudia Joseph has taught for NYBG, NYC Parks Department, the NY Open Center, Just Food, BBG and more.

As the Director of Environmental Programs at the Old Stone House, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, she has designed and installed a permanent useful landscape with students, apprentices and volunteers as well as programs and events that promote community sustainability. Recognized by The New York Times, The Old Stone House – MS 51 Partnership Gardens are the first Food Forest model in New York City based on permaculture design principles. The project began in 2004 and becomes more complex, beautiful, abundant and community centered each year.