Abrah’s hands-on lessons provide students with a solid grasp of theory and tangible skills, which can be put into meaningful, real-world practice. She is an incredible role model—Abrah is exactly the kind of teacher, and person, I aspire to be.                                                        ~ Krystal Graybeal, college student                                                                             

In the Regenerative Design for Change Maker's training, the social application of permaculture frameworks in a diverse, powerful community with space for ancestral cultures to weave in was most unique.

                                                                                ~ Cedar Ranney, Sacred Witness Media

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

 

 

BLOGS

 

 

 

SHORT DOCUMENTARIES

 

       College Permaculture Garden

IN THE MEDIA

 

Food Justice Projects

Community Food Systems

 

Permaculture

 

Curriculum Development

 

David Bird Ecological Design Fellowship--India

 

Awards & National Recognition: Farm & Food Systems Program

Cultural Regeneration at Omega Institute                            here with TruthWorker Theater Company; related article here

Community Planting Day

Greenfield Community College Permaculture Garden

 

GRANTS OBTAINED

  • Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory Grant from the Threshold Foundation

            Tour Curator/Co-Facilitator, obtained for Regenerate Change to launch the 2018 Change Makers Tour, taking the Regenerative Design                    for Change Makers training and related concerts to Burlington, VT, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, and Millerton, NY

  • The Pollination Project Seed Grant

            Training Organizer/Co-Facilitator, obtained for Regenerate Change to launch pilot 2-day version of Regenerative Design for Change                      Makers Training in Oakland, CA

  • USDA Community Food Project Grant

Grant Partner, obtained for Greenfield Community College, with grant partners Just Roots, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, and Franklin-Hampshire Career Center

 

  • UMASS Permaculture, Micro-grant

Project Coordinator, obtained for the Permaculture Club at Greenfield Community College to buy tools and plant stock

 

  • Federal Perkins Grant

GCC Laison, obtained for Franklin County House of Corrections, to offer GCC Farm and Food Systems classes as an Inside Out model in the jail; install an organic garden on jail grounds; develop for-credit internship opportunities at Greenfield Community Farm 

 

  • National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technical Education Grant

Co-Principal, obtained for SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy) Education Center at Greenfield Community College

 

  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture SPECA Grant

Project Coordinator, obtained for Farm and Food Systems Program at Greenfield Community College. The focus is strengthening the pipeline between secondary to post-secondary institutions for students studying sustainable agriculture

 

  • Women’s Fund of Western Mass Grant 

Project Coordinator, obtained for New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, and Greenfield Community College. Grant supports women in transition with food security and economic independence

 

  • American Association of Community College’s Green Genome Award & Grant

Program Contributor, obtained for Greenfield Community College from AACC’s SEED (Sustainability Education and Economic

Development) Center

 

"Abrah Dresdale facilitated a public design charrette for the Feed Northampton plan. As an organizer it was invaluable to have Abrah's competent facilitation skills to help our group prioritize our goals. The community-engaged process she facilitated increased project publicity and brought together key stakeholders to make sure that the plan was relevant." 

                                                               

  -Lisa Depiano, Mobile Design Lab