Permaculture Living Lands Trust
Create a global network of permaculture land commons by holding land in trust for human communities to meet our needs within the natural limits of the ecosystems and bioregions in which we live. Creating cultural landscapes that provide long term resilience. Increasing the diversity, quality and quantity of yields for more farm based economies, in ecologically restorative ways.
Permaculture Living Land Trust helps spread a inheritance of multi-function agro forestry agro-ecological landscapes that take decades to create and yield for centuries and that future generations will thank us for! Let us create permaculture designs supporting all forms of life, on land that is free from deeds of ownership, titles to property, mortgages with banks, subdivision surveys. Let us create permaculture commons.
One of the foundational focus areas for Permaculture Living Land Trust.If we are going to be planting trees to restore ecosystems, lets also provide a sustainable harvest for local communities of food, fuel and fodder for livestock.
What is Permaculture Living Lands Trust?
A land trust focused on permaculture design. Land trusts are nonprofit organizations acquiring land or conservation easements for long-term stewardship. Permaculture design is a worldwide movement that is helping to regenerate local ecologies and economies through a whole systems approach to meeting human needs.
What kind of synergies will result from bringing these two powerful concepts together? Answering that question is at the heart of our origin story.
Welcome to Permaculture Living Lands Trust!
Here we are -- humanity -- 7.8 billion of us (and counting), living on Earth. This 4.5 billion year old planet we call home is a great sphere nearly 24,901 miles (40,074 kilometers) in circumference, hurtling around the life-giving sun at 67,000 miles (107,826 kilometers) per hour. The full biodiversity of Earth, from the atmosphere to the deepest oceans, inhabits an incredibly thin, 12 mile (20 kilometer) biosphere known to support all life on this planet. Our neighborhood as humans is the land -- the 30% of the Earth's surface that isn't made up of water.
Life on Earth is a great, glorious community of millions of species of plants and animals (1.3 million of which are known to us) to which we as modern humans (Homo sapiens) have belonged for some 300,000 years. For only the last 500 years or so, modern human society has begun to separate itself from the community of life on Earth by commodifying, exploiting and toxifying land, water and air, threatening mass extinction throughout the biosphere. Why?
Earth is our only home, and the rich diversity of life is our only family. Understanding this truth, it is only natural to care, and to care deeply, that it is our species, and no other, which is abusing our family of biodiversity and damaging our Earth home. Those of us who care deeply find no choice but to act, urgently, to bring an end to the abuse and the damage. To rejoin the community of life. To love and respect all the children of all species for all time. Where do we even start?
We can begin by healing our relationship to land. Treating land as a community to which we belong rather than a commodity belonging to us. Living on land as a full member of the ecosystems and bioregions which support life, rather than as a species which considers itself separate. Creating places where human ecological design can thrive.
This is the calling of our time, our calling as humans - to design WITH nature, to cherish the wisdom of the ancestors, to resettle the land. Let us all respond to the call.
Andrew Faust has more than 30 years of work in environmental/ecological education with high school, college-age, and adult students. He is founder and director of the Center for Bioregional Living, and is a certified Permaculture Designer who has led permaculture design courses for the past 10 years in New York City, upstate New York, and Vermont certifying more than 500 graduates, and before that in West Virginia. During that time, he has designed and installed numerous permaculture sites including biodynamic farms and gardens, natural spring development, rainwater harvest systems, biodigesters, and natural building designs.
David Harper has more than 30 years of work with nonprofit land conservation organizations with conservation land trusts, community land trusts and local food and farming organizations, resulting in permanently preserving 7,000+ acres of farmland, natural areas, and cultural and historic sites in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina. His role as a cofounder of PLLT is a natural progression of this nonprofit conservation career, and will draw on his extensive skills and experience earned in this field, including 7 years serving as an executive director. He has designed and taught a graduate level course in land conservation at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Lisa DePiano has more than 15 years of experience as an environmental / ecological educator, currently designing and teaching courses in permaculture and sustainable agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a focus on food forests and silvopasture. She has taught permaculture design to hundreds of students in the United States and abroad, and serves as a board member for the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast. Center for Bioregional Living Ellenville/ Brooklyn, NY