"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon


Welcome to Hancock Permaculture!






Hancock Permaculture and the Upper Delaware Valley Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation are pleased to offer a series of workshops based on traditional food preparation for healthier families and communities. At Lucky Dog Organic Farm’s Hamden Inn. Starts November 7th.

Based on research of Dr. Weston A. Price and explored in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, participants will follow the development of modern food growing practices and processing which destroys inherent benefits of food and contributes to digestive problems like gluten and lacto intolerance.

These classes offer hands-on experiences in food preparation maximizing natural mineral and vitamin content and enhancing digestibility. Participants will learn food preservation and a unique, tasty approach to a more healthful diet.

All sessions will be held at the Hamden Inn across from the Lucky Dog Café on Route 10 in Hamden New York from 10am-3p.m. Lunch is available in the store café or brown bag it. DIRECTIONS

Each class is $30.00. 10% discount for Hancock Permaculture graduates and Weston A. Price members. Call or email Hancock Permaculture to make reservations. Space is limited.


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Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 10am-3pm.

1. Preserving the Harvest with Lacto-Fermentation -Saving Energy and Nutrition.

This workshop will be led by Roger Hill, organic farmer and artist who will lead us through producing our own sauerkraut and other vegetable, fruit ferments including beverages. Roger will be assisted by Maria Grimaldi co-chapter leader of the Upper Delaware Weston A. Price Foundation.

Bring your own clean mason jars or similar glass jars with lids to take home samples. Recommended readings:

Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions

Jessica Prentice, Full Moon Feast

Sandor Katz, Wild Fermentation

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Stephen Harrod Bukner, Sacred and Herbal and Herbal Healing Beers

(Some Handouts will be provided)


Saturday, December 5, 2015

2. Traditional and Healthy Snacks and Treats—Getting Ready for the Holidays

Research suggests that humans have a good reason to crave sweets. This workshop will explore natural sources of sugar in nature and offer many delicious recipes and methods of preparation of treats in time for the holidays.

Each participant may bring a child (over the age of 7) to join in the making and tasting of delicious desserts, snacks and beverages.

This workshop will be lead by Nancy Pierro, a family and consumer science educator who has taught nutrition and culinary arts to both middle and high school students. Nancy has embraced the traditional foods movement and will share exploring the dangers of the modern American diet while offering healthy and more economical alternatives to commercially available snacks and desserts.

Handouts and recipes will be provided along with plenty of snacks.

WARNING: Nuts and products produced with wheat will be included in this presentation. If you are allergic to either, you may wish to pass.


Stay Tuned for our 2016 presentations on Good Fats, Bad Fats and Bone Broths, Preparing Grains for the Best Digestion and Nutrition, Cultured Dairy, Foraging and Preparation of Wild Plants for use in the Kitchen and The Home Medicine Cabinet. Please let us know what else you would like to learn about!


Andrew Phillips

Maria Grimaldi


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WHEN: Weekend of November 14/15
WHAT: We will be following up on some design suggestions from our recent Peace Temple permaculture course including installing a dry-laid stone wall and path and kitchen garden raised bed near the outdoor kitchen. You will learn how to work with stone constructing a dry-laid wall and path and using straw bales to install a raised bed kitchen garden. Also sheet mulching and planting preparation for spring. 
WHERE: Peace Temple, 2995 Hathaway Pond Road, Hancock NY 13783, northern Catskills in the NYC watershed. Located approximately 20 minutes from Hancock NY, Three hours from NYC. DIRECTIONS.
TIME: This workshop will run over two days - November 14/15 - 10am - 4pm both days.
FOOD: Please provide your own food. This will be pot luck event. Warm beverages and snacks will be provided. There will be a fire circle.
PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS: Warm clothes, work boots, work gloves. You own eating implements - plates, mugs etc. 
ACCOMMODATION: Limited accommodation available with a small donation at Hancock Permaculture Center, at nearby Capra Inn, 521 W Main St, Hancock, NY 13783 (607) 637-1600 or people may camp at Peace Temple.
COST: $30 per day - TOTAL $60 payable to Hancock Permaculture Center. 
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John Janiszewski owner Wildflower Farm - indoor fish and organic fertilizer production - on site visit near Delhi.


Andrew Leslie Phillips, Hancock Permaculture founder and lead instructor. 


What is Permaculture?

 Permaculture is an ethical design system based on:

• Care of Earth.

• Care of people. 

• Return of surplus to both.


Permaculture is a philosophy that works with rather than against Nature. It encourages protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless action; examines plants and animals in all their functions acknowledging and expanding connections toward a sustainable and abundant life.  Permaculture benefits and repairs  environments and builds a better life for you and your community. It's a proven design system - systems thinking - using and applying old knowledge in new ways. And it's something that can sustain you for the rest of your life.  


Here is a video of my teacher Geoff Lawton, probably the best and most prolific teacher in the world today and direct link to Permaculture founder, Bill Mollison.. Now permaculture has gone online. It's a great way to delve into  principles and theories but there is nothing like hands-on permaculture - shared learning, networking with like-minded folks, hands-on in community and that's  Hancock Permaculture!

Permaculture principles illustrated by Geoff Lawton video.

Our course is close to the land; a journey through the seasons as the months pass in the beautiful Catskills.  Site visits like: Yemana Sanders , an artist and medicinal herb gatherer living off-grid in an elegant straw bale home with three other straw  bale examples used for retreats, meditation and ceremony. Other nearby organic farms -  indoor aquaculture at Wildflower FarmLucky Dog Farm and Food Hub; an exciting spring-water production start-up; businesses transforming the land and food systems in the Catskills toward a sustainable bio-region. We are located in the New York City watershed and you'll see the massive reservoirs that supply NYC in the pristine Catskills, small artisan villages and antique bargains, farm-to-table restaurants, trout farms and maple syrup producers, home breweries and distilleries, off-grid homesteads - the heart and soul of the evolving Catskills.



  We offered two permaculture offerings this spring, 2015. One at Lucky Dog Farm designing around a 160 acre organic farm, a store, cafe, a food hub and the Hamden Inn in the context of the community and bio-region. The other at Peace Temple, an evolving community on a 68 acre wooded site; a gathering place for community events where art, music, creativity, spiritual growth, respect for nature are pursued.



Lucky Dog Farm, Hamden, New York.

The dam and spillway of the Pepacton Reservoir, Downsville, NY near Lucky Dog Farm.


Dick Riseling and Maria Grimaldi  at Apple Pond Farm

Shehawken - "The Wedding of the Waters", Hancock, NY.  

On location at Mountain Dell Farm

Students become teachers.