About Us

The mission of Waste Not Permaculture is to educate the community about the importance of waste reduction and permaculture in maintaining a healthy and productive ecosystem.

Waste Not Permaculture will offer an annual Permaculture Design Course (PDC) as well as periodic classes in permaculture and related topics.  (See What Is Permaculture tab for a definition of permaculture.)   PDC’s are a significant component of the permaculture world.  They are 72 hour courses that lead to a certificate designating the recipient as a permaculture designer. For more on permaculture, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture.

Classes to be sponsored by WNP will include introductions to permaculture, cooking with locally grown vegetables, how to grow in community gardens in raised beds without herbicides and pesticides, the importance of composting in your garden, on how to save seeds from your garden, on how test your soil for unwanted chemicals and so forth.  All of these educational efforts will encourage participants to reduce waste, by diverting material from the landfill, by reducing reliance on distant food sources or being less reliant on non-local materials for food production.

These programs will be offered in a community room at 85 Schenectady Avenue, Brooklyn.  85 Schenectady Avenue is located in eastern Crown Heights, Brooklyn in an area known as Weeksville.  Weeksville is the oldest and largest independent African-American community in New York City.  For more, see Weeksville.

This community room will be located between Imani I Garden at 87-91 Schenectady Avenue and Imani II Garden at 1680 Pacific Street. These gardens at present have 13 raised growing beds, a chicken coop, a greenhouse, a small orchard, a solar powered aquaponics system, an earthen oven and two water catchment systems.  Both gardens have deed restrictions requiring their use as community gardens.  Imani I is owned by the New York Restoration Project and Imani II is owned by the City of New York and licensed for use as a community garden through the Parks Department.

In the short term we expect our programming will make our community less fragmented and less wasteful.  In the longer term, we expect the community to be more self-reliant and resilient, lessening the  impacts of community transformation, climate change and the rising cost of energy.


Greg Todd  Co- Director and Board Member

Greg Todd is a community activist and permaculturalist based in Brooklyn New York.  He as spent 40 years living with his family in Brooklyn.  He has worked as the Director of Marketing and Asset Development for a non-profit housing developer and as a real estate broker.  He is a member of Community Board 8 in Crown Heights and has completed two permaculture design courses.  He began working at Imani Garden in Crown Heights in 2009.

Mireille Lemaine Co-Director,  Secretary and Board Member

Mireille Lemaine is a Real Estate professional with 10 years experience in natural building and sustainability.  She is a program consultant for a waste-management organization based in the Caribbean. She is Vice President of an international permaculture non-profit based in New York. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Monica Ibacache  Treasurer and Board Member

A native of Chile, Monica has been a New York City–based sustainability educator and ecological designer since 2007. She is committed to improving food systems and advancing environmental justice globally. Monica has dedicated her life to working with diverse and marginalized communities, in the U.S. and abroad, in education and local development. She has advanced certifications in Permaculture Design and Teaching, specializing in Teaching Permaculture to Children, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Permaculture for Children (IPEC). Monica is currently an advisor to the International Permaculture Convergence Committee (IPCC).  More about Monica’s work can be found here.