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Permaculture at the Farm

Jan 1




“Is that SALAD really vegan?”

Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies. It teaches us how build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities and much more. Permaculture designs can be tweaked to work equally well in the city as the country.

Much of the compost and manure purchased for use in home gardens and commercial organic farming operations comes from factory farms where animals have been used, abused and probably fed antibiotics and hormones.

Where do you draw the line when it comes to using or benefiting from other living things?

Where is the balance between expressing compassion for all living beings and participating in a healthy ecology (where all living things are interdependent)?

This summer, WSAF teams up with permaculture ecological designers to explore these issues and build a small garden. We will experiment with cruelty-free vegan gardening and also apply wholistic time-, and energy-saving permaculture techniques that work with nature and that can be applied anywhere. Join us for a fun-filled workday or a 1- or 2-day workshop!

Saturday May 15, 1-4 PM: Meet and Greet!

Come meet the permaculture team as they continue ‘site assessment phase’ of garden design. Learn simple DIY ways to passively harvest water, save time and money in your own garden. And join the conversation about cruel vs. kind compost, worm composting, and soil amendments.

  • Rain or Shine Event
  • Dress in layers and bring sunscreen
  • Dont forget your water bottles and snacks (vegan please)
  • Bring a notebook
  • Registration not required for this this Sat’s workshop
  • Suggested donation: $15

More dates to come through the summer!

The Team:

AliceALICE LO is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher living in New York City. She has been organizing permaculture workshops and classes since 2006 and is always inspired by people’s ability to restore nature, heal themselves, and strengthen their communities through whole-systems design. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Fingerlakes Permaculture Institute and earned a Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate in 2009 with Dave Jacke. She is a Project Coordinator for and also serves on the Board of Directors of Green Phoenix Permaculture, a non-profit organization focused on sustainability education and ecological design. Alice is grateful to make sharing permaculture her life’s work.


MonicaMONICA IBACACHE brings joy-full enthusiasm to building bridges between the permaculture and spiritual communities. She is a Kripalu-certified Yoga instructor and community organizer with extensive experience living and working internationally. Monica developed a connection to nature through studying yoga and meditation in India, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. during the past decade, and more recently found that permaculture synthesizes her values of connection to people and connection to the earth. She completed her first Permaculture Design certification in 2007 in NYC and earned a Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate in 2009. She is committed to empowering others to reconnect to the earth and to become active designers through collaborative and holistic learning. Monica speaks fluent Spanish and offers ecological design consultation for urban environments. She is based in New York City and a Project Coordinator for Green Phoenix Permaculture.



GARY BRIANE TUTTLE is a carbon based life form, if there ever was one. Gary was Vegetarian on his first visit to the farm, and became Vegan about 12 minutes after WFAS staff explained the link between the veal and dairy industries. After seeing a documentary series by permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison, Mr Tuttle quit his job as a cubicle monkey for a major multi-national corporation in order to be able to complete his first Permaculture Design Course which was led by the Dynamic Duo of Permaculture instructors, Toby Hemenway and Larry Santoyo. Upon Arriving home, he immediately began his own home garden, and has also has attended various educational permaculture events. Gary has an abounding enthusiasm for all things permaculture and animal related. Whenever he is not roller-skating backwards (fluently, or so he says), Gary is often doing freelance computer technician work, or teaching K-5 students computer (and life) skills. in June, Gary also will begin working as a Behavioral Support Specialist with a 9 year old child with High-Functioning Autism.