Who "We" Are
We are a group of people who find our passion in working the land, sea and forest in a way that is kind and respectful, learning about appropriate technology, eating well and treating other folks and creatures well too. We see permaculture as a way forward.
Fredericton Permachats member Timber frame workshop at
Tshering Penjor learns to scythe at a permablitz North Mountain Permaculture
How PAN came to be:
My name is Amy Floyd and I have been a permaculture practitioner and researcher since 2016. I have worked in Community Development since 2008 and love socal permaculture. I live in Southern New Brunswick and am trying to deepen my skills and meet more like-minded people to share my passion with.
It was a challenge for me to take my first Permaculture Design Course as there are have not been regularly scheduled PDC's in my province. After two summers of waiting, I was able to study in Nova Scotia. It is difficult for myself (and many of us) to travel out of province for training; but, even more than that...I want to train in my home province with people who I can continue to share my passion with. Thus the idea for Permaculture Atlantic was born.
Permaculture matters to me because in New Brunswick we have only 1-5% of our old growth Acadian Forest remaining, we only grow around 8% of our own produce and our production- driven forestry practices have put our forests in a state of environmental crisis. We have a small population that is still very rural and still very connected to the land, we have wonderful natural resources. We are already amazing and we have the potential to go so much further. I love living in Atlantic Canada and want us to prosper.
Our financial model and donations
At this time the network will not be charging membership fees.
We are not a charity or not-for-profit.
We are a grassroots, volunteer run organization that receives small donations from a handful of dedicated supporters. These donations fund the website and advertising fees. If you would like to help cover costs and allow us to offer more events and trainings, you can support us through PayPal at the bottom of the Home Page.
We may solicit for donations once a year through our newsletter. If you are being emailed directly for donations or asked for a credit card number, do not provide it and please contact us immediately.
PAN remains a grassroots organization so that it can continue indefinitely, without fear of losing funding or being driven by the whims of a board. If I am no longer able to administer the network in the future, I will simply pass the organization on to a qualified individual.
There are a few volunteers who help with the website and events and of course, offer me personal support and guidance.
What We Do:
Connect people together for peer to peer/ informal learning opportunities
Facilitate connections between permaculture teachers/ entrepreneurs and potential clients
Create a regional network that encourages face-to-face interaction and site visits
Share information relevant to our Atlantic climates and habitats
Offer an events calendar to share training, events and gatherings
Develop the network required to make permaculture mainstream in Atlantic Canada
Goals of the Permaculture Atlantic Network:
To form a regional directory to connect people with common goals and interests in 2018
To have deepen network connections with individuals and organizations in 2019.
To allow people to get 75% or more of the permaculture training that they want in the New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and to support any training and projects that happen in Newfoundland and Labrador - by 2023
Photo: Colin Drew Gilbert 2020