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 NYPE

For the free exchange of information, materials and skills relating to permaculture projects join
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PERMACULTURE EXCHANGE: The Tillson Arts & Ecology Center demonstrates permaculture principles on less than half an acre. A suburban model for food, medicine, craft material, wildlife habitat and water management with cultural underpinnings. Birds, bees and butterflies benefit from the plantings while the function and economy of the 100 year-old house is gradually being improved. Individual and group education are offered periodically or by agreement.

Claudia Joseph, founder and Director of the New York Permaculture Exchange, is a permaculture teacher, consultant and practitioner, certified by Permaculture Institute of North America and the Permaculture Institute. After 18 years in Brooklyn, The New York Permaculture Exchange re-located to Tillson, a hamlet of the Town of Rosendale in Ulster county in 2019. Located between Kingston and New Paltz on Rt 32, in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley.

Rondout Valley Permaculture meetup. Come to meetings to learn skills and techniques, see models and talk with others who are interested in permaculture. Organized by Claudia Joseph. Meetups are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm and on other days, as well. Visit the meetup site for details.

Join the Rondout Valley Permaculture facebook group.

On Facebook:
New York Permaculture Exchange (environmental news)
Permaculture Festival: NYC (social and political actions).

The Permaculture Exchange began in 1998 in Oakland, CA as the East Bay Permaculture Exchange. The first East Bay Permaculture Convergence, organized by the Exchange in 2001, was met with great enthusiasm and strong attendance. After moving to NYC, New York Permaculture Exchange hosted many Permaculture Festivals at the Old Stone House of Brooklyn, our home base and long-term project. Certificate courses, classes and workshops were taught throughout the 5 boroughs over the course of 18 years while onsite training sessions built and maintained over an acre of gardens in Washington Park.

Contributing Author
2022  The City Is An Ecosystem: Sustainable Education, Policy, and Practice
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Media & links
2020 article on the OSH gardens from Park Slope Food Coop’s Gazette

2015 Permaculture feature article in Edible Brooklyn

2011 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.

2012 Highlights of our Permaculture Festival by Costa Boutsikaris:

A short piece on OSH programs by Costa Boutsikaris

Interview on OSH project & permaculture by Ladema Zinsmeister:

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