Abrah Dresdale is a key node in the regional farm and food network. For example, through a three-way partnership — with Greenfield Community College, Just Roots, and the Franklin County Jail — she helped to establish a jail-to-farm-to-college internship program. ~Andy Grant, Just Roots
It is great that I am leaving with a focused project that I can continue working on when I leave. I feel like there is so much more to learn and so many layers, and this is an exciting feeling...I don’t feel as alone anymore. [Regenerative Design for Change Makers] opened a vortex towards realizing my full potential. ~Victoria Hernandez, Bioneers
CURRICULUM & PROGRAM DESIGN
Do you want to develop innovative educational offerings on food systems or permaculture at your institution or organization? Customized curricula available for:
Abrah also offers services in organizing agriculture-related research or permaculture plans into user-friendly reports to engage and educate readers.
See examples of select projects below
Overview of Farm and Food Systems Program
This 2-year Associates Degree Program that Abrah developed has won national recognition
Courses and workshops that have the power to change knowledge
and one's framework for understanding that knowledge
Select Courses and Modules Developed for Institutions of Higher Education & Non-profit Organizations (for a complete list, please see my Curriculum Vitae)
Regenerative Design for Change Makers, Omega Institute & Change Makers Tour
Ecological Literacy Immersion Program's social permaculture week, Omega Institute
Sustainable Landscape Design Forum, Wesleyan University
Introduction to Food Systems, Franklin County Jail & Greenfield Community College
Introduction to Permaculture, University of Massachusetts
Social Permaculture for Food Justice University of Massachusetts
Food in Jewish Sacred Texts, Brandeis University's High School Programs
Permaculture f.e.a.s.t (for ecological and social transformation) (PDC), Holyoke, MA
Toolbox for Social Permaculture, Vermont Wilderness School
Exploring Shmita: Sabbatical Year for the Land, Temple Israel-Greenfield, MA
2016 Cohort: Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda
2017 Cohort: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
2018 Cohort: PLACE for Sustainable Living, Oakland, CA
Customized programs with integrated theoretical and applied frameworks
Franklin County Jail, Greenfield, MA
An integrated program linking incarcerated men with therapeutic, skills-building, and employment opportunities through gardening, farming, food preparation, nutrition classes, cooperative business development, and related credit-bearing college courses and farm internships.
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA (60 credits)
The program explores the broad field of sustainable farming and food systems. Students engage in community partnerships and participate in bioregional efforts to support food security, local economies, and planning for resiliency.
Farm & Food Systems Certificate Program with Permaculture Landscape Design track
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA (29 credits)
Students gain hands-on skills such as food cultivation, design of annual and perennial production systems, season-extension technologies, food preservation, and awareness of food safety rules. Students also learn entrepreneurial skills and develop critical thinking about the intersection of ecological, economic, and social systems as they relate to food and farming.
Wild Earth Programs, High Falls, NY
Year-long and summer programs for teenagers to gain knowledge of regional ecologies, develop confidence, and become stewards of the natural world.
Collaborate to develop strategies for integrated educational programs at your institution or organization
Previous Educational Consulting Projects for Colleges and Other Institutions
Franklin County House of Corrections--development of Jail-to-Farm-to-College & Employment Programming, with on-site food production and related college courses
The Jewish Farm School & Hazon--multi-session conference curriculum planning on Social Permaculture applied to 7-year goals setting for the Siach network of Jewish environmental and social justice leaders
Greenfield Community College--a Special Projects Report on existing agriculture, food systems, and permaculture degree programs compiled with stakeholder input and recommendations for certificate and degree options that the college could offer
Central Connecticut River Valley Institute and the city of Greenfield--creation of the Greenfield Food Study involving GCC Student Interns, Greenfield Master Planning Committee, and Greenfield Residents
Wesleyan University--consultion services for WILD (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design) Wes on development on of 1-acre permaculture garden on campus
University of Massachusetts, Amherst--program development for a 4-day long national Permaculture Your Campus Conference
Greenfield Community College--development of public educational permaculture garden and planning document, Permaculture in Practice
Short Documentary on Wesleyan Campus Transformation
Students at Wesleyan University implemented a 1-acre permaculture garden on campus; Abrah led the student leaders through a rigorous design process.