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, and promoting permaculture in the Finger Lakes region and around New York State. Michael teaches Public Policy & Sustainable Economics at New Roots High School and is Chairman of the Town of Catharine planning board. He is a founder, instructor, PDC Administrator and member of the FLPCI Board of Directors.
Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, educator, author, and forest farmer who has lived most of his life in the Finger Lakes region of New York. His personal mission is to reconnect people of all ages to the natural world and provide the tools for good management of forest and farm landscapes. He currently works for cooperative extension in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell, focused on permaculture (http://blogs.cornell/edu/
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. Karryn is a founder, instructor and President of the FLPCI Board of Directors.
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 joined the FLPCI Board of Directors in 2012 and serves as the Treasurer.
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
P.O. Box 64
Mecklenburg, NY 14863
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