Sustainable Agriculture & Social Permaculture
With Ryan Rising
Permaculture Action nETWORK
Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and co-founder of the Permaculture Action Network.
After a decade of local organizing around direct action, food justice, ecological design, and community living, Ryan organized the Permaculture Action Tour with music producer The Polish Ambassador in the Fall of 2014. Ryan has since co-organized over 93 Permaculture Action Days throughout 26 US states, bringing hundreds of people at a time to take hands-on action building greenhouses, rainwater catchment systems, perennial food gardens, and regenerative systems at more than 100 different community spaces including public food forests, urban farms, and indigenous food sovereignty projects.
Ryan co-founded the Gill Tract Community Farm, which produces tons of organic food annually that is distributed for free around the Bay Area, and the Omni Commons, an urban commons and community center in Oakland, CA. Ryan also co-facilitates the Democratic Grantmaking Process of the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory, organizes with the NonProfit Democracy Network, consults for Ecosystem Restoration Camps, works on a regenerative land trust, and teaches courses and trainings on social permaculture, community organizing, and facilitation.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
What if one of the largest community centers and venue spaces in the Bay Area was run in a spirit of radical generosity, by a volunteer collective where everybody is a leader? We’re trying to do just that.
We are nine Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision of more equitable commoning of resources and meeting human needs over private interests or corporate profit:
Chiapas Support Committee supports autonomous health care and education in Zapatista communities. Counter Culture Labs is a citizen science and DIYbio space that is open sourcing biology. Food Not Bombs has been bringing free food to parks, political events, neighborhood gatherings, and social centers since 1991. FYE is a creative coalition and collaborative platform specializing in Space Activation, Event Curation, Workshops & Pop-Ups. Global Women’s Strike – Omni Collective is an international network working toward the return of military spending to the community starting with women, the main caregivers everywhere.Liberated Lens is a radical film & video collective dedicated to social change. Sudo Room is a place to build, learn, reclaim technology for the people, and create alternatives to the tech industry.