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Tonight! Social Permaculture with Lisa DePiano (Weds. July 23)



7:30 at Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, VT


Farm Sourced Organic Dinner at 6 pm by reservation only.

From designing and installing the greywater system at Occupy Wall Street to co creating one of the first edible forest gardens on public land to piloting the countries only city wide- bike powered trash and recycling coop Lisa DePiano has been innovating what she calls “socially engaged permaculture”. Through story telling and slides come hear her reflect on the last 14 years of applying permaculture to both public and participatory design solutions.

Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer/teacher faculty member for the the University of Massachusetts and a research fellow at the MIT media lab. For the last 14 years she has taught permaculture to hundreds of students in dozens of courses. She  co-founded  the Montview Neighborhood Farm,  one of the first human powered urban-farm and edible forest garden in the country and worked to establish the bicycle powered compost program while riding with the worker-owned collective Pedal People. She received her masters degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts and loves working with communities to create the world they want to live in.  She has studied permaculture with Starhawk, Penny Livingston Stark, and Dave Jacke and has taught all over the U.S including the Menominee Nation,  Homer, AK, New York City, Miami, FL the University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts, and Wesleyan University. She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and installation.


This is a series of events which will be open to the community over the next few weeks as we host people from all over the country (and world) for our 7th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course.

We’re so excited to continue of tradition of sharing our most excellent guests and bringing folks in to share in the experience of one of the nation’s most highly regarded Permaculture Courses!

All evening lectures are FREE and start at 7:30, donations to support farm reforestation and ecological regenerations are gratefully accepted and shared with our guests.

ALL ORGANIC FARM-SOURCED DINNER is served at 6 pm, and available by reservation only for a sliding scale fee of $12-20.  We are happy to meet the needs of vegetarians, vegans, wheat intolerant, ethical omnivores, and localvores.

To join us for dinner, please contact Head Chef Emily Wheeler by phone or text message at

(802) 505-8882

For questions or driving directions, please contact or call (802) 734-1129


Interested in attending the course?    Next year’s is already beginning to fill!

It will be July 19-31, 2015.

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