Andrew Faust  

Founder - Director

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One of the premier Permaculture teachers and designers in North America with over two decades of experience in the field. His passionate and mind expanding talks and curriculum have motivated teachers, students since his decade long career as a H.S. teacher at Upattina's, a open community free school in Glenmoore, PA. View Faust's TED X lecture 


Andrew created his own Permaculture Ph'd project, in 1999, a fully off grid, Straw Bale educational center in Pocahontas County W.V. He moved to Brooklyn in 2007 and has been applying his knowledge to the urban landscape.Faust has been inspiring film makers with the message of Permaculture culminating in the film: Inhabit,  and a life changing Permaculture Design Certification course, with  thousands of graduates. Faust received a dual diploma in Design and Education from Permaculture Institute of North America in 2016. Andrew and Adriana Magaña with their daughter Juniper run the Center for Bioregional Living in Ellenville, NY., a hands-on educational campus for students and clients.

Andrew Faust, a visionary permaculture and bioregional educator taps into the rich synergy between permaculture and biodynamic agriculture which he has been studying with a focus on orchards since he completed his permaculture design training in 1996.  Some of our design clients include: Click to View

Andrew is a certified Alternative School Teacher, focusing on Bioregional Education; he instructed at Upattina's Open Community High School from 1992-2001. Faust holds a B.A. in comparative religions from Guilford College.

What We Do

Create regional Infrastructures that are diverse and well adapted to the local ecological,social and geological realities. A bioregion is an area that shares similar soils, climate, and plant and animal communities, they can include several watersheds. As a planning tool it dates to the 1920's when they were devised as physiographic provinces combining the sciences of physical geology and geography. Today they are being used as a regulatory base map by the EPA and the DEP and The Nature Conservancy. We are expanding the concept to create regionally appropriate models for economic development using Permaculture design.

Bioregional economies address:


  • Social justice

  • Responsible economy

  • Land use equity

  • Sustainable agriculture

  • Restoration ecology

It is about the development of agricultural practices in a context with a deeper look at the landscape of the region, appropriate to the geography and heritage of the place. It is about accountable stewardship of urban cityscapes to dramatically reduce the enormous waste generated by those spaces and to create positive relationships between cities and outlying rural communities. Andrew Faust asks, “How do we retrofit this infrastructure to be more ecologically sound and socially responsible?” He seeks the answer to this question in permaculture, articulating the interconnectedness of ecology and economy and describing tangible, simple, and yet somehow revolutionary urban and rural designs.

Center for Bioregional Living Guest Presenters and Lecturers

Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer, teacher and practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She has taught hundreds of students in various settings from the streets of Occupy Wall Street to the media lab at MIT to delivering the keynote at the 2012 Northeast Permaculture Convergence.  She is currently a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts and co-founder and lead instructor of Permaculture FEAST. She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and installation.


Mark Krawczyk is a permaculture and ecological design educator, designer and consultant; traditional woodworker; natural builder; and aspiring forester in Vermont's Champlain Valley. After spending nearly four years traveling the US and beyond, studying with experts in the fields of perennial food production, ecological building, coppice forestry and green woodworking, he settled back in northern Vermont where he just recently began to develop his vision for a 52 acre homestead he purchased in 2012. He owns and operates Keyline Vermont and RivenWoodCrafts, is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders and co-founded the community group Burlington Permaculture. He's passionate about manifesting positive change in the world and suffers from an insatiable desire to never stop learning.


Paula Hewitt Amram is the founder of Open Road Park in the Lower East Side. She will be talking to us about the transformation of a former bus depot / brownfield into the thriving community garden Open Road park is today.


Lars Chellberg of CENYC and Water Resources Group Water Resources Group builds and maintains low cost Rain Water Harvesting systems across the five boroughs and leads educational workshops on sustainable water practices. He will be leading a tour of one of the systems he designed for a community garden in the Lower East Side.


Bill Young of Young Environmental LLC is a recognized leader in the environmental field with more than 25 years of experience as a project manager, designer, and wetland specialist. His expertise includes habitat restoration on disturbed lands, wetlands monitoring and construction, botanical inventory, wildlife assessment, streambank restoration; and erosion and sediment control.


David Harper founded Land In Common to assist community organizations, landowners, and local governments in establishing a secure land base for local production of food fuel, and fiber. Current projects include a farmland preservation plan in Boone, North Carolina, a tropical food forest network in South Florida, a report on community land trusts for the United Nations, and Cornucopia, an urban agriculture land trust in Durham, North Carolina. Land In Common builds on David’s 15-year career as a conservation professional working with land trusts and local governments to raise more than $3 million dollars in grant funds and preserve over 1,500 acres of farm and forest land. He designed and teaches a master level course in land stewardship at the University of Pennsylvania. The Land In Common vision: free the land/free the people.