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.
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.
Steve has been to our high school several times to talk about Permaculture with our teachers and Eco Club students. Our students were so inspired by Steve and what he is doing that they decided they wanted to build a greenhouse like Steve's to use as a learning environment and teaching space. The Eco Club is writing grants and working with the high school construction and design classes to build the greenhouse next year. Steve's passion for Permaculture really made an impact on our students teachers and will benefit our school for years to come.