After earning a Permaculture Design Certification from Steve Whitman and Josh Trought at D'Acres in 2012, I invited Steve to New Durham to talk to us about integrating permaculture concepts into our municipality. His presentation was clearly presented, dynamic, and sparked interest among many members of our town government. His presentation changed the paradigm in our town that has allowed me as a Planning Board member to carry that vision forward.
As my first introduction to such a comprehensive, multifaceted topic, I was truly inspired by Steve’s Permaculture training. He unleashed a new passion in me to combine my planning skills to create sustainable, more resilient communities. His examples, expertise and willingness to learn from others make him an excellent teacher and mentor.
Steve is a gifted educator and practitioner with a broad knowledge base that spans the gamut from natural building to city planning to group dynamics to permaculture design. He was instrumental in launching our first PDC at Colby-Sawyer, and those classes helped build the foundation for our own organic permaculture garden and GreenROUTES Sustainable Living Laboratory on campus. He has the ability to clearly communicate complex material to a wide variety of audiences and make it relevant, engaging and understandable. Steve's work skillfully integrates ecologically-minded design principles and practices into traditional infrastructures and policies to create resilient, regenerative human systems.