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Thank You For Your Support! Board of Directors & Staff, June 2022

What does PINA do?

PINA supports professional development for PDC graduates through continuing education, mentorship, diploma recognition, and employment. We identify, fund, and staff critically important projects in land, community, and climate regeneration.

Permaculture is a movement, and because relationships are so deeply important to the health of both people and planet, we strive to create channels and opportunities for many beneficial relationships to occur within the larger movement of permaculture and with like minded groups and individuals. 

We are focused on several major areas of support and expansion in the North American permaculture community.

Networking and connectivity

PINA has helped build networks and impacted projects through members connecting and working together:

  • Facilitated a $300,000+ grant through the Huffington Foundation for the Urban Harvest in Houston, Texas, a long term permaculturist-run project that has educated thousands of people to garden regeneratively and is now developing curriculum for high school students 
  • Design engagement in University of Toronto Scarborough Public Realm and Landscape Master Plan, impacting the university’s 300+ acres –
  • Designer engagement in community projects in Florida, Texas, Oregon, New York, Minnesota, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Ontario
  • Promoted permaculture educational offerings and resources, for example
  • Referred a number of inquiries to PINA’s professional network for local experts
North American Leadership Summit

The North American Leadership Summit (NALS) was a co-creative learning process culminating in a unique event that helped define the next steps in our evolution as continental leaders of Turtle Island. We aim to build a great people’s movement that can regenerate climate, land, and communities across the continent. Recordings of the Summit are available for purchase and include lifetime access. We forged new connections between indigenous leadership, youth, the Divine Feminine, ethnic luminaries, and leading-edge knowledge carriers. Building on the efforts of preliminary working groups, the Summit blended these gifts and experiences to forge meaningful and lasting connections. Outcomes included planning for future summits that will continue to build beneficial connections and capacity aimed at deploying those strengths to change public policy and private action in all regions.

Fund For Regeneration

PINA’s Fund for Regeneration supports on-the-ground implementation of projects that repair land, mitigate climate stress, and build resilient communities. PINA does this through regular Design Contests with multiple awards in various categories. Additionally, PINA helps launch promising new projects from our member-partners through development support and grant administration.

This year we continued our successful programs and expanded into new territory.

Design Contest

PINA continues its Design Contest tradition to fund worthy permaculture designs and projects in North America in 2022. The winner of the contest was the design for a community park on First Nations land by Jasmine Oberste, incorporating a food forest, playground, sweat lodge, and community center on Vancouver Island.

Runners up include a mutual aid project to create edible roadside food forests in Orlando, designed by Caitlin Fogarty; a design from Ben Schaffer in BC that facilitates climate mitigation and income for youth; a project based around low-cost hempcrete structures by Christina Goodvin on the Alberta Front Range, and a design for a native edible community landscape by Donna Pellegrin near Cincinnati.

The quality of these designs and their imaginative presentations inspire us to continue support for designers from all over North America.


Our first grant-funded project addresses climate change and wildfires. The Fire Ecology Restoration Program (FERP) brings permaculture principles such as Integrate, Don’t Segregate and The Problem is the Solution to bear on land regeneration. It works with indigenous knowledge of controlled burns to create fire resistance and accelerate recovery in dryland forests. 

The Fire Ecology project trained an initial group of forestry workers in a restorative methodology that uses biochar to sequester carbon, and bolsters water retention and forest health. We are researching best practices, and doing cost assessment analysis on this innovative protocol. In June, we held a workshop on these techniques in Colorado, and have produced a video about the project, “Restoring Forests with Fire.” We are now developing a webinar to help others replicate these efforts.

Allied Organizations

We have continued to expand our network by welcoming the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (“PAN”) as an Allied Organization. PAN is a long term successful permaculture network in the NE US that offers support to both professionals and those just starting out.

Coming in 2023

Increased connectivity

Community engagement and relationship building

Along with continuing to work with the groups we’re already engaged with, one of our major themes for 2023 will be increasing connectivity. PINA recognizes that there are many people in the field and at the table doing important regenerative work. We’d like to collaborate.

Through the winter of 2022-23, we’ll center these permaculture principles:

  • Apply Regulation and Accept Feedback
  • Integrate Rather than Segregate
  • Design from Patterns to Details

We’ll revisit the learnings of the North American Leadership Summit through webinar sessions and hold space for discussions around how designers, community organizations and folks interested in permaculture can collaborate for mutual benefit.

We are planning to expand our membership services with your input. We will engage with our network of designers to gather and co-develop tools, images and other content for use in the field and for use in community, professional and educational contexts.

We will launch our 2023 design contest, with a focus on social permaculture.