June 1, 2020

Dear Site Visitors and Subscribers,

COVID-19 and now civil unrest has changed our world; we are experiencing direct threats to our sense of security and community well-being: a circumstance Bill Mollison, co-founder of Permaculture Design, predicted as inevitable, as we allowed our systems to be based on greed and waste. Tensions are running high and it is time to strategize about where we should be and what we need to do. Many are in uncomfortable positions and it is time to support one another as best we can.

Permaculture tools of home health care, active listening and non-violent communication are helpful for me as I interact with people who are angry and stressed. Herbal teas can assist us and spring greens are emerging that will support wellness. Find a place to go outdoors and ground yourself, there. Attaching to a bit of land is an emotional release and can be stabilizing, especially in an urban environment.

Our permaculture training has taught us to ask for what we need and offer extra materials, knowledge and time to others. Look for trade and barter opportunities, help neighbors and look for ways to be of service, as you are able. If you are unwell, do not hesitate to contact others repeatedly, try new methods of self care and put yourself first, to meet your physical or mental needs. Find moments to be still and worry free, for the sake of your heart and well being.

As we feel the heartbreak of oppression and injustice remember that the death of George Floyd and so many other black people is an open call for change on every level. We all know that our social structures have been in need of reform for too long. It is time to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions and to hold others to account for theirs. This difficult path is not well worn in spite of so many years and so many people walking it. The numbers are bigger now, and there is a chance to make a path. Your banking, your labor, your consumer decisions, your body and your voice and your vote matter. Make the most of your choices.

May the seeds of our creative responses thrive!

Claudia Joseph

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. – CJ

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


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. Contact OSH if you wish to volunteer in the gardens. info@theoldstonehouse.org (718) 768-3195

Services: Consulting & Education: permie@earthlink.net

Permaculture article in Edible Brooklyn: http://www.ediblebrooklyn.com/2015/06/29/how-one-urban-garden-riffs-on-wild-design

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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 continues in Tillson NY, part of the beautiful Hudson Valley and sometimes in NYC, too.

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:

Facebook links

New York Permaculture Exchange: https://www.facebook.com/newyorkpermaculture/

Permaculture Festival: NYC

Claudia Joseph

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