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Alumna of the Conway School of Landscape Design
Africa Conflict Transformation Fellow
Abrah studied cultural transformation, restorative justice, and healing from genocide with Memos in Rwanda.
2014 David Bird Service Learning Fellow
Abrah has helped to obtain many grants to expand local agriculture, food and prison justice projects, and educational gardens for at-risk learners
Abrah's social permaculture guide leads readers through a whole systems design process for personal and collective regeneration
Regenerative Design for Change Makers
Jewish Food & Farming Traditions
Food Justice and Food Systems Planning
Anti-racist, multicultural, & social justice framework
Interactive classroom teaching
Diverse guest speakers & connecting students with changemakers in their fields
Community planning charrettes & group facilitation
Abrah Jordan Dresdale, MALD, lives in rural and culturally vibrant Western Massachusetts. She is an educator, social permaculture designer, and culture shift consultant. After completing her Permaculture Design Certification in 2008 in Austin, TX, Abrah obtained a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning at the Conway School in 2010. For her thesis project, she co-authored Feed Northampton, a groundbreaking project in municipal food systems planning. Her entrepreneurship projects include Feeding Landscapes, a design and food systems consulting business, and Regenerate Change, a social permaculture education and consulting organization of which she is currently Director.
Since 2011, Abrah has been Faculty for the Sustainable Food and Farming program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She was the Founding Faculty and Program Coordinator of the Farm and Food Systems program at Greenfield Community College. She continues to teach Introduction to Food Systems through the community college at the Franklin County Jail to incarcerated students. She was a co-founder of SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy) Education Center, which has gained national recognition for Greenfield Community College. Under her leadership and consultation, the college implemented a student-designed permaculture garden that grows food for the dining commons and campus food pantry. Abrah advised the student Permaculture Club and created one of the first accredited certificates with a track in Permaculture Landscape Design.
International engagement has become a central piece of Abrah's work. Over the winter of 2013-2014, she traveled to Tamil Nadu, India as a David Bird Ecological Design Fellow to work with college study abroad students to create and install a perennial food-producing demonstration site, Edible Pathways. She lead sessions at 2022 Vision, a Siach Network conference in Jerusalem for Jewish Environmental and Social Justice Leaders focused on Shmita. She is an alum of Encounter: Transforming Conflict through Face-to-Face Understanding in the West Bank. And she he served on the US Delegation to Rwanda on the Professional Fellows Africa Conflict Transformation Program, where she studied cultural regeneration and healing from genocide in 2016.
As co-founder of the Franklin County Food Council (FC2) and organizer of the Northeast Prison Garden Educators' Collaborative, Abrah is dedicated to making change in her home community as well as in communities abroad. Her leadership and vision has helped to establish a Jail-to-Farm-to-College & Employment program in Franklin County, Massachusetts, involving the Franklin County Jail, Greenfield Town Farm, and Greenfield Community College.
Abrah’s Jewish heritage informs her ethical beliefs and love of Hebraic earth-based practices. She's lead classes and developed curricula on Jewish agricultural traditions and the Hebrew calendar for Brandeis University Summer High School Programs, Jewish Farm School, The Teva Seminar, Moishe House Retreats, Temple Israel-Greenfield. The JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education) Network Gatherings at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Pearlstone Retreat Center, Camp Tamarack-Michigan, and Walker Creek Ranch.
Abrah has taught at and developed courses and programs in food systems, food justice, social permaculture, and permaculture design for University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Greenfield Community College, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Franklin County Jail, Wesleyan University, Vermont Wilderness School, Wild Earth Programs, Permaculture f.e.a.s.t., and the Green Life Program at San Quentin Prison.
Her book, Regenerative Design for Changemakers: A Social Permaculture Guide, will be released through New Society Publishers in September 2020.