Vermont's Permaculture Institute

Prospect Rock Permaculture

Willow Crossing CPH Sketch

Vermont’s Permaculture Roots

-celebrating 20 years co-creating ecological culture-

Welcome!  Please take some time to explore a variety of valuable educational resources– this website is constantly growing!  -check back often.  Add your email to the right hand side, here to be notified of farm events and workshops.




We’re excited to announce a few open spaces in this summer’s Permaculture Design Certification Course– the nation’s leading Farm and Wildlife Immersion PDC.  Centered on Design and Practice, join a diverse group of students from around the country and the world in collaborative design for Real-World Community Projects, hands on at Vermont’s most diverse permaculture farm, research center, and wildlife sanctuary; and gain professional support in developing Designs for Your Own Chosen Projects and Locations!

 Participants range from total ‘newbies’ to practicing architects and landscape architects; sustainability and conservation professionals; farmers, chefs, ‘foodies’, extension agents; activists; homesteaders; and design, ecology, and food-systems students.  Facilitated by a diverse, talented, and most experienced teaching team- we provide a solid, science-based foundation for experiential and experimental ecological design education.   Cutting-edge information, cross-disciplinary techniques, Vermont’s most diverse collection of tree crops, and 21st Century Integration and Systems Thinking bring new territory for even the most experienced practitioners to explore and co-learn with professional peers.  Explore Social Entrepreneurship and Ecological Economics directly in Vermont’s booming sustainability/ agricultural economy.


We design Landscapes, Buildings, Farms, and deliver Educational Events that assist people and communities to cultivate social and ecological health and respond to the confluent crises of the 21st century with resilience, abundance, and ecological regeneration.

We consult with forward-thinking landowners, community organizations, schools, towns, farmers, homesteaders, watershed organizations, land trusts, and others to interpret ecological context and make human-managed ecosystems more connected, beautiful, and productive.  In particular, we assist people in designing the built environment to better grow food, build soil, secure fresh water, harvest the sun, and harmonize with natural communities in very site specific and client tailored ways.  

We are the oldest permaculture design firm specializing in working farms, and our portfolio includes some of the the most successful and innovative farms contributing to the resurging agricultural economy in Vermont and beyond.

We design, build, and implement greenhouses, root cellars, barns, small homes, guest cabins, food processing facilities, and other infrastructure; windbreaks, hedgerows, orchards, nut groves, productive riparian buffers; ponds, paddies, swales, and other regenerative earthworks.

We work out of Northern Vermont with clients throughout the Northeast- from Quebec to NYC and beyond.  While our expertise is in high-performance ecological regeneration, food production, and shelter systems for cold temperate/ arctic conditions, we have designed and implemented systems in New Zealand, Colorado, Chile, Argentina, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

-Prospect Rock Permaculture will be incorporating as a ‘Low-Profit, Limited Liability Company ‘(L3C), a legal entity created for socially-responsible businesses which prioritize educational and socially beneficial aims above profit making.-

WillowCrossing copy


Welcome!  -Please be patient as our website is under construction. We apologize for any dead links or blank pages- please let us know what you’d like to see more of as we begin to put more photos, videos, and designs online.
Enjoy what’s up so far, and check back soon as we continue to revise and add content. Be in touch via comment or email –  we welcome your feedback and suggestions as we reformat our online presence.
A Sample of some Photos and Designs

Willow Crossing Farm Design, Diuke farming in Nigeria, Me with Termite Ventilation, Palm Oil Pressing.

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9 responses to “

  1. Esinulo Basil Kennedy March 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I intend to register for the course on permaculture coming up in June 2011, as I am currently a part of the team, Commercial Agriculture Development Project, in Nigeria.


  2. Flora Hwang March 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I was wondering how I can register for the course coming up in July 2012?
    I am currently a sophomore in RISD!

    Thank you.


    • Keith March 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Hi Flora-

      There is a ‘registration’ page under ‘2012 PDC’, or if you’d like to register for credit through the University of Vermont you should go to I will also send you a separate email, as I’ve been invited to come down and give a presentation at RISD, and there is a growing contingent of people interested in permaculture and former students of mine there.


  3. Meg Woolmington March 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Hi Keith,
    I’d love to do the tree grafting workshop, but March 17 will not work. Are you still planning an April one also? If so, do you yet know what date? I’ll see whether anyone else in the North Bennington wants to make a big drive!


    • Keith March 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Hi Meg-

      We have yet to decide on the April date- and it will depend greatly on the weather… at this rate- spring is racing towards us!
      I’ll let you know as soon as we decide.

      It would be great to have you out whenever- we’ll be having tons of great events through the summer.



    • Ann McGinley April 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Hi Meg, I’d like to attend the scion swap and am looking for a carpool. If you’re planning on going, would you have room for me too? Coming from Western MA, will contribute to cost of gas. Could meet you in North Bennington.


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