WFAN is excited to announce that Karryn Olson-Ramanujan will keynote the 2016 annual conference, Nov. 4 – 5 in Nebraska City! Our conference theme is Women and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land. Permaculture is defined in several ways; Karryn’s definition is this: “An ethical design system for meeting human needs while regenerating the ecosystems in which we are embedded. “
Karryn began studying permaculture in 1997, and is a lead permaculture teacher and founding board member for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. She also teaches sustainability-related courses at Ithaca College.
Conference coordinator Leigh Adcock said, “We’re excited to welcome Karryn as our keynote speaker, because of her combination of deep knowledge of permaculture principles and passion for empowering women as leaders in the movement.”
Here is a blog post from her website: Women Rocking Permaculture.
Karryn has designed home permaculture systems and public-use permaculture gardens that serve as demonstration sites—working both with individuals and multiple stakeholders. A proponent of developing the “business case” for permaculture, she incorporates strategic planning into the design process—aiming to obtain a financial yield from aesthetic ecological designs.
Karryn lived and worked in Europe, Africa and India before settling with her multi-cultural family in an Ecovillage. As a result, she is dedicated to supporting women and other historically marginalized populations in their vital roles as leaders—she believes that together, we can create a future based on the ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share.
The 2016 conference page will offer a workshop proposal form and a registration form beginning May 1. Be thinking about your areas of expertise and submit a proposal to present at a workshop!