Rony Lec will speak about permaculture at three local colleges.

Coffee growers cooperative and demonstration coffee food forest designed and founded by Ronaldo Lec Ajcot

Ronaldo “Rony” Lec Ajcot will be coming to the Finger Lakes Region sharing his permaculture work to improve food security in Central America.

His trip is sponsored by Cornell University’s Latin American Studies Program, the Committee on U.S. Latin American Relations (CUSLAR,) the Ithaca College Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies Departments and the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.

After Guatemala’s civil war ended in the early nineties, Rony returned to his town, San Lucas Toliman, seeking a project to enrich the land and the community. He found that permaculture allowed him to use his Kaqchikel Maya agricultural traditions with ecological design skills to help build food sovereignty in his coffee-growing community of small farmers. Rony Lec is now considered one of Latin America’s foremost permaculture teachers. He and the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute have been teaching ecological design and permaculture to indigenous communities across the Americas for the past decade.

Scheduled Public Events:

Roasting coffee at home.

Cornell University
Monday, October 15th
Time: 12:15- 1:15pm
“Biodiversity, food sovereignty and the indigenous people of the Americas”
Location: Uris Hall 153
Contact: Rebecca Snyder 607-255-1468 <>

Ithaca College
Tuesday, October 16th
Time: 7:00pm
“Food and Sustainability”
Location: Williams 225
Contact: Karryn Olson Ramanujan <>

Rony Lec was FLPCI cofounder Michael Burns’ first permaculture teacher in 1998.

Elmira College
Wednesday, October 17th
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
“Sustainability and Globalization”
Location: Patterson Chapel, Cowles Hall
Contact: Lauren Shaw 607-483-8758