What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

Permaculture Resource List

Compiled by Elizabeth Lynch, Troy Hottle, and Juliette Jones Pc Communities, on-line or other Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Local Food Cleveland: Three Rivers Permaculture Guild Pittsburgh-local Resources Pittsburgh Permaculture: Transition Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Steel City Soils: Octupus Organics: Urban Homesteaders: […]

Regenerating Pittsburgh from the Ground Up, Weekend Workshop

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Events, News, Pgh Food Forests | No Comments

Saturday-Sunday Workshop: Principles and Practices of Regenerative Design With Dave Jacke and up-and-coming permaculture teachers from around the region. Click here to Register 9 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA  (Please note, this location is different from the public lecture, which is located […]

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

This is a reminder… exactly one month until the PDC, register NOW to join us at the Phipps Garden Center! 6 WEEKENDS (January to April 2011): Jan 29-30; Feb 12-13, 26-27; Mar 12-13, 26-27; Apr 2, 9:00am to 4:30pm — Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification! — Share 6 weekends immersed in a fun, supportive […]

Biodiversity Rising

Posted by on Oct 5, 2010 in Biodiversity, General Thoughts, Plants | One Comment

– – – – – – As we move out of the growing season and the leaves begin to fall, it is a nice time to reflect on the development of the garden. The returns this year have been great. We have been reaping the rewards of increased wildlife, more vigorous and beautiful plants, food, […]


Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in General Thoughts, Plants | 2 Comments

WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO??? I for one, CANNOT believe it is almost over! Yes, I harvested crops of delicious, wholesome, fresh fruits and veggies all summer long, but never really got to sit back and truly enjoy my precious gifts from nature as I usually do! I spent most of the summer with our precious […]

Monday Workdays 6-8pm

Our workdays have changed yet again!!! Sorry for any inconvience!  Please come to the Food Forest to see all of the changes and to help us to complete many projects.  Our goal is to have the gathering space completed by the end of summer so that we can begin hosting events in the fall!  Come […]

PDC course in Schellsburg, PA

Posted by on Jul 21, 2010 in Events, News | No Comments

A Permaculture Design Certificate course in being offered in Schellsburg, PA August 6- 15th.  Please check it out!  Darrell Frey of Three Sisters Farm is the main teacher along with Joel and Kim of Wild Meadows Farm.  They have graciously allowed me to participate as well!!!  I can’t wait!  Hope to see you there! To […]

Patterns and Design

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in General Thoughts | No Comments

Patterns are that which allow us to understand our surroundings. They give objects meaning by enabling us to recognize similarities and identify difference; to discern, say, a cat from a blade of grass (The patterns I am discussing here are less about the general ability of recognition more about dominant patterns which enable me to […]

Thursday Workdays 6-8pm, now until forever!

We have decided to make Thursdays our on going workday!  Please meet us at the site for various work at 6pm until you want to leave! The weather is supposed to be really great this Thursday, lets hope it holds out!  Our attempts to put up the fence on Sunday were impeded by mother nature, but […]

Bill Mollison quote 4

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in General Thoughts | No Comments

I confess to a rare problem – gynekinetophobia, or the fear of women falling on me – but this is a rather mild illness compared with many affluent suburbanites, who have developed an almost total zoophobia, or fear of anything that moves.  It is, as any traveler can confirm, a complaint best developed in the […]