Permaculture is more than just good gardening. It is a lifelong approach to analysis, actions and social structures that results in better relationships, more functional systems and a clearer understanding of everything necessary for human communities to thrive.
Claudia Joseph, Founder and Director

The New York Permaculture Exchange has relocated from Brooklyn to Tillson, in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley. Thinking of learning permaculture at home or starting a design project? Remote coaching and consulting are available.

Also connect through Rondout Valley Permaculture meet up:

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New York Permaculture Exchange:

Permaculture Festival: NYC :


While NYPE no longer oversees garden or environmental programs at the Old Stone House, the gardens remain there for all to learn from and enjoy and programming continues. Contact OSH if you wish to volunteer in the gardens. (718) 768-3195

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The Permaculture-Exchange was established in 1998 to facilitate the free exchange of ideas, materials and labor related to permaculture. Job offers, fee-based environmental events, and permaculture courses have been added to the list coverage. Members can post information that follows permaculture’s basic principles of care, respect and fair share; designing our human communities as natural systems by promoting better efficiency, more cooperative relationships and greater abundance for all.

Claudia Joseph, founder and Director of the New York Permaculture Exchange, is a permaculture teacher, consultant and practitioner. As the Director of Environmental Programs (2004 – 2018) at the Old Stone House she designed and installed a permanent useful landscape with students, apprentices and volunteers as well as programs and events that promote community sustainability. NYPE is developing a suburban permaculture model in Tillson NY and cultivating relationships within the Rondout Valley.

Media & links

2020 article on the OSH gardens from Park Slope Food Coop’s Gazette:

Permaculture article in Edible Brooklyn:

Recognized by The New York Times, The Old Stone House – MS 51 Partnership Gardens are the first Food Forest model in NYC, based on permaculture design principles. The project began in 2004 and becomes more complex, beautiful, abundant and community centered each year.

Highlights of our 2012 Permaculture Festival by Costa Boutsikaris:

A short piece on OSH programs by Costa Boutsikaris

Interview on OSH project & permaculture by Ladema Zinsmeister:

Claudia Joseph

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