Help Grow Permaculture in the Finger Lakes

Seeking Volunteers, Advisors
and Nominations
to our Board of Directors



Dear Friends and Alumni of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute,

We invite you to grow the regional permaculture movement with us.

During the past twelve years we have accomplished FLPCI’s mission through thirteen 15-day Permaculture Design Certificate (PDCs) courses with hundreds of graduates, six 36-hour Community Trainings in Ecological Design courses (CTEDs), four successful Permaculture Weekends and dozens of workshops reaching thousands of people.

On December 30th, 2017 The board members of FLPCI submitted its application to become a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. This is a critical moment and an opportunity for FLPCI alumni,  collaborators, and surrounding Finger Lakes communities to direct our organizational compass.

Help us in any of these ways:

1. Nominate yourself and/or nominate a qualified candidate to apply to join the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute Board of Directors.

2. Nominate yourself or another person to shape and join an advisory Council of Elders to guide our work.

3. Become a volunteer co-organizer for the annual Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour and Convergence.

4. Share with us your vision of how permaculture can build equitable, regenerative cultures in the Finger Lakes Bioregion.

Board Membership Details

We have recently changed our bylaws to expand our board to include nine members. Though we cannot admit all nominations to the board, we will encourage all nominees to join working groups that appeal to their interests and support our programs.  

All candidates should expect to give an average of 1 to 2 hours a week of administering, promoting, record keeping, organizing, advising, and planning. Board members will be expected to attend monthly meetings held in or near Ithaca and to take part in phone conferences and other meetings relevant to their specific projects. Board positions are unpaid and board members serve three year terms.

Council of Elders

Recognizing that modern culture often fails to honor, respect,  or seek wisdom from Elders, FLPCI’s board strives to form a group of guides who share FLPCI’s vision. This Council of Elders would hold FLPCI and its programs accountable to the vision of creating equitable and regenerative cultures, and provide insight from many years of lived experience. Elders would convene with the board periodically to give direction to the Permaculture movement, but will decide on the nature and frequency of their input. To nominate yourself or another person for a position as an Elder, please email us:


FLPCI is always open to new volunteers, and planning for the annual Finger Lakes Permaculture Weekend has begun! If you are interested in joining us to co-organize 2018’s event, please email us:

Board of Directors Nominations

Consider who you would like to see leading the permaculture movement in the Finger Lakes. You are encouraged to nominate yourself or others.

The current board members will host our annual board election on March 21, 2018. Submit nominations by March 15, 2018 for your nominations to board of directors to be considered for the spring election.

We will have board of directors election again in the Fall of 2018. You can nominate anytime between now and September 3rd, 2018 for the fall elections.

Please follow this link to make your nomination:

If you nominate yourself, please answer the questions on the form.

If you nominate someone else, we will contact them and ask them to complete the questionnaire.

Your decision to nominate others or yourself will impact the future of our regional permaculture movement. Thank you in advance for taking time to consider.



           Michael Burns,  Karryn Olson Ramanujan, Rebecca Cutter, Anna McCown, & Peter Cramer