PINA is a professional association of regional hubs working across North America and Hawaiʻi to:
- Elevate the status and impact of Permaculture by influencing public policy and private development to improve the quality of life for all
- Bring permaculture solutions to bear on the challenges of social justice, land regeneration, and climate cooling
- Promote permaculture pathways to professional development
- Grant diplomas recognizing excellence and achievement
- Preserve the integrity and quality of the Permaculture Design Course
- Facilitate networking among permaculturists
Maintain professional standards in permaculture design, teaching, and practice.
Promote permaculture responses to social and ecological challenges.
Support permaculture education through a certification process that recognizes achievement and excellence.
Support efforts to reshape public policy
Provide a structure for communication among Permaculture Design Course (PDC) graduates.
Supporting the work of PINA
You can support PINA’s efforts by becoming a member or making a one-time donation. Large or small, your donation supports the work of PINA and helps advance the quality of the permaculture movement.
Board of Directors
- Monica Ibacache, President, New York
- Paula Westmoreland, Vice President, Minnesota
- Bob Randall, Secretary, Texas
- Darrell Frey, Treasurer, Pennsylvania
- Koreen Brennan, Florida
- Andrew Millison, Oregon
- Marco Lam, Colorado
- Kimberly Daugherty, Washington
- Jane Hayes, Ontario, Canada
Monica Ibacache, President, is a native of Chile and a NY City based community organizer, sustainability educator and ecological designer since 2007. Read more. . .
Bob Randall, Secretary
PINA Diplomas in Teaching & Design
Bob has been a food systems activist for more than five decades. Read more. . .
is the founder and manager of Grow Permaculture in West Central Florida, Koreen is an author, educator, public speaker, designer and farmer. Read more. . .
has been studying, teaching and practicing Permaculture since he took his first design course in 1996. Read more. . .
Marco Chung-Shu Lam, MSOM, L.Ac.
Marco has been practicing and teaching permaculture and sustainable living skills for over twenty five years in diverse climates. . .Read more. . .
Paula Westmoreland is a permaculture designer, agroecologist, teacher, activist, and writer. . . Read more. . .
PINA Staff Members
- Peter Bane, Executive Director, Michigan
- Elizabeth Lynch, Administrator, Pennsylvania
- Melanie Mindlin, Diploma Program Coordinator, Oregon
- Kassia Salisbury, Records Manager, Michigan
Author, the Permaculture Handbook, permaculture teacher and designer since 1992, he has served PINA as Board President, Secretary, Chair Diploma Program Committee. . .Read more. . .
Elizabeth Lynch, Administrator
A permaculture teacher and consultant, she manages permaculture farms, including Garfield Community Farm (current, Three Sisters Farm and FIT Farms. . . Read more. . .
PINA is an association of collaborative regional organizations. Representatives of 8-13 of these organizations will eventually serve on the PINA Board of Directors.
PINA has awarded a professional diplomas to people who have demonstrated excellence in the field of permaculture. We highly recommend the services of our diplomates.
A short history of PINA -2012 from its founders to recent times. At the end of this document, a series of tables holds the rosters of Hubs, Board Members, Officers, Staff, and Advisory Board members by their periods of service.