The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI) was founded by Michael Burns, Steve Gabriel and Karryn Olson Ramanujan in 2005. Since the beginning FLPCI has been sustained and nutured by the support of our alumni and volunteers for whom we are grateful. The board of FLPCI would also like to thank our supporters whose donations help us teach permaculture.
We offer opportunities to learn sustainable, ecological design methods including workshops, study groups, apprentice programs, and the intensive Permaculture Design Certification Course.
Michael Burns spent years working in publishing (including the Guardian Newsweekly, Tenant/Inquilino, & Tikkun magazine) and within the peace and justice movement. He learned permaculture design in Guatemala, while working with Ronaldo Lec Ajcot of the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. Now he is building his homestead based on permaculture principles when not devoting his energy to permaculture teaching, design consulting, and promoting in the Finger Lakes region and around New York State. Michael teaches Sustainable Economics at New Roots High School, volunteers for his town planning board, and fusses over his small flock of mongrel chickens. Michael is the Education Director for FLPCI.
Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, designer, educator, and forest farmer living in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York. Raised for most of his life in Ithaca, NY, he continues to study and develop agricultural systems that improve the local ecology and economy. His experience draws from a diverse educational and organizational involvement, including completion of a BS in Environmental Studies from Empire State College and participation in several unique learning environments including Castle Rock Institute, Living Routes, and Prescott College. He spent three years as land use manager for Cayuga Nature Center, two years as co-owner of Sapsquatch Maple Products, and served on the Board of Directors for Positive News. He currently works at Garden-Based Learning of Cornell University, operates Work With Nature Design his own design consulting business, is a Board Member for Permaculture Institute of the Northeast, and is currently writing a book on Forest Farming. Steve is Program Director for FLPCI.
Karryn Olson-Ramanujan lived and worked in Europe, Africa and India before settling with her multi-cultural family in an Ecovillage. As a result, she is dedicated to supporting women and other historically marginalized populations in their vital roles as leaders–she believes that together, we can create a future based on the ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. Read her article “A Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture” here. Karryn has a Masters in Public Affairs and teaches sustainability-related courses at Ithaca College through Environmental Studies & Sciences and the Sustainability Leadership Certificate program. Her business, SEED Sustainability Consulting, offers a strategic approach to permaculture design services and educational workshops to support people to move into sustainability leadership.
Becky Sims first discovered permaculture with IPEC in Brazil in 2008. She found the Institute through her second PDC course at Ithaca College taught by Karryn, and was the Institute’s intern during the 2009 season. Becky graduated Magna cum laude from Ithaca College in 2009 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She has since established Pure Calm True Designs – a edible landscaping business. Becky is now the Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator at the Community Science Institute, where she organizes volunteers to conduct stream monitoring and helps homeowners seeking to protect their private wells from hydrofracking contamination. She and her husband Zac spend their free time working on their cabin, experimenting with swales and terraces, and building their very own edible forest gardens. Becky is the newest member of the board and serves as the Treasurer.
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
2962 Swamp Rd.
Alpine, NY 14805
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