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Young Permaculturists, UNITE!!!

Evil is afoot! Conventional Agriculture has teamed up with Toxin-Spewing Factories to destroy the earth’s ecosystems! It looks like a job for…THE GREEN TEEN TEAM! (Try saying that three times fast.)

…No? Okay, but seriously, I took my PDC in Melbourne, Australia with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in 2008 at the age of eleven. When my parents decided to take the course I didn’t quite know what to say. “You’re going to Australia? …and what, I’m staying at home in the U.S., alone with my {then nineteen-year-old} brother for two weeks? I can’t stay alone with him for two weeks, we’ll annoy each other to death!”

It ended up with me tagging along for the ride. The plan was to sit quietly while my parents took a ‘boring class about organic farming and sustainable building and stuff.’ “Whatever.” Needless to say, I brought plenty of reading material. On the first day, I sat down, took a book out of my backpack and started reading… then Bill went into one of his stories. I put my book down and listened for a while, then he went back into more technical things and I dug out my Nintendo DS. Then I ended up putting that away too and listening to the technical stuff as well. The second day I was still convinced that could sit there and read, this time I brought a notebook to doodle in. I drew a bird before class, and that was it. I found myself listening and taking notes. When the time came for teams to be made for the design exercise Geoff put me in a group too, and one devoid of either of my parents! On the second to last day, I presented my part of the design along with everyone else and on the last day I was happily surprised when I was called to receive a certificate.

Since the PDC I have come to enjoy many seemingly simple pleasures such as needing only to walk 10 feet from my front door to pick fresh basil and 50 feet for chicken-fresh eggs (no, not farm-fresh, chicken-fresh) for an omelet, and I have become much more aware about everything we’re doing to harm the environment and everything we can do to help it.

Now, I’ve created a message board for kids and teens from around the world, eighteen years old and younger to network, talk to other young permies, and most of all discuss permaculture related topics: the Young Permaculturists’ Discussion Group. I know you’re out there, gardening, taking PDCs, and even just looking for something to do that’s meaningful and ‘green,’ so let’s come together to talk chooks, cows, beans, solar power or whatever!

I’ll be waiting for you at the YPDG,


P.S. I would love to have someone more experienced, like a permaculture teacher, to help me moderate the message board. Anyone interested could email me at klpagliaro (at)



  1. Hi Kelly!
    You star! I loved reading your post & think the two photos are great (it looks hot in your garden). I’m too old (36) to join YPDG, but wish you tonnes of luck.
    I will be following in your footsteps during 2010 & doing the PDC & can’t wait! Thanks for your post – its made my day!

  2. Wishing you the best, Kelly; keep up the good work! I’ll be posting your link at our boys school come opening day!

  3. Thanks Kelly, you’re another good example for our children and children allover the world, you really are. It’s your goodluck and good caring parents that brought you there and you grabbed the opportunity wisely, it didn’t take you long to figure out that it worth giving up digging out your Nintendo :) I appreciate that…
    Believe me when I tell you that you could even be setting here a positive decent example for many elder negative people!

    Best of luck and God bless you and your parents,,,

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