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Decolonizing Permaculture; a roundtable discussion with the Permaculture Association of the Northeast
December 7, 2021


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November 2021 PINA Newsletter

Issue #12

Serving our members with news and information for the professional permaculture practitioner. PINA members receive our newsletters as well as other benefits.  All others are receiving this issue as a sample.

Featured Story

New Design Contest Opens

The PINA Board has announced a new Design Contest with a submission deadline of January 17, 2022. PINA seeks to showcase the talent of its members and stimulate critical thinking about cultural and environmental regeneration.

The previous two contests produced an enormous flush of creativity, resulting in 9 videos, rehydrating a watershed in Oregon, and building a teaching garden in Guatemala. The superb video of the Oregon project Integrated Water Harvesting Earthworks has received 250,000 views.

We will award $5,000 towards the implementation of the best overall permaculture design,  as well as five special awards of lesser amounts. Some of those prizes may be combined.

The special awards will be in the areas of best community/social design, best income or job producing activity, best ecological benefits, best drawings or visuals, and best design from a PDC graduated since 1/1/19.

PINA members vote on the design finalists to decide who gets the awards.PINA judges will sort and select the semi-finalists and finalists;

PINA members in good standing may each submit one entry between Dec. 1, 2021 and Jan. 17th, 2022. Membership is open to graduates of the Permaculture Design Course living or working in N. America or Hawaii. Join here.

PINA Update: Report from the Executive Director

As I look over the frosted and decaying remnants of garden growth, and peer through the spare canopy of the woods to blue and gray skies beyond, I am reminded that every year over much of the continent, we undergo sudden shifts in a short span of time. Though these kinds of challenges are familiar, they now come at us in all aspects of life, and in all seasons.

Giving Tuesday

During this season of giving, please consider making a donation to support PINA. Visit to make a contribution to support PINA’s growth and development, the Fire Ecology Restoration Project, or the Perennial Corps Project.

Growing Plants in Times Like These

When we talk about climate change, the focus is often understandably on people, their suffering, and property loss. And much of that loss is because they are poorly prepared for unprecedented or rare events. But plants too need stable weather, are poorly prepared for rare or unprecedented events, and they suffer badly.  And unfortunately, some disasters are a challenge to design for.


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Why I Joined PINA

Click here to read more about Gloria Flora, why she became a member and the new Development Director for PINA.

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Decolonizing Permaculture

Dec 7, 2021, Online
Sponsored by PINA Hub, Permaculture Association of the Northeast