As a big picture thinker, Abrah manages the multi-faceted components of educational programs and related grants with grace. She works closely with community and university partners and instructors to ensure all voices are heard,  building  investment through her thoughtful connections with all stakeholders.                                                                                                 ~Deb Habib, Ph.D., ED of Seeds of Solidarity

I feel a faith in my work that was not present when I walked in...It gave me a confidence in my capacity to make change and create.

                                                                    ~ Jazmin Calderon, Canticle Farm & Planting Justice

 

TEACHING... 

Abrah is a passionate educator who engages students' imaginations in envisioning the world they wish to see, and then prepares them with tools to help them realize their vision.

 

 

& FACILITATION

Her expertise in facilitating a dynamic group process can help your institution or community to articulate common goals and identify project priorities in a way that inspires creativity and builds unity.

See sample classes and projects below
 

TEACHING

 Offer one of the following as a

training, workshop, or course at

your institution or organization: 

 

  • Food Systems

  • Permaculture Design​

  • Social Permaculture

  • Jewish Agricultural Traditions

  • Food Soveriengty & Food Justice

 

 

 

 

In all courses, written, spoken, and graphic communication skills are required. These skills empower students to express their thinking clearly to diverse audiences.

 

Mentoring 

Guidance and mentoring inspire students to grow

 

COMMUNITY FACILITATION

 

 

 

Working with communities undertaking food security, food systems planning, or ecological design projects...

 

Community Planning Facilitation with Multiple Stakeholders

  • Franklin County House of Corrections--facilitated two stakeholder charettes to identify priorities, opportunities, and challenges for creating a Jail-to-Farm-to-College & Employment Program

  • Northampton Food Security Committee--worked with members and residents to define scope and deliverables for Northampton's food security plan, Feed Northampton

  • Springfield Museums--facilitated a charette to gather input and priorities from staff members used to generate plans for a sustainable campus demonstration site

  • Town of Wendell--worked with residents to establish goals, vision, and design for a Public Food Forest next to the Wendell Community Gardens

  • Franklin County--gathered community members to listen to their ideas about a public educational permaculture garden at Greenfield Community College

  • Town of Greenfield--worked with members of the Master Planning Committee and Greenfield residents to identify priorities for Greenfield Food Study

  • Sadhana Forest--engaged short-term volunteers' and long-term community members' input on design and implementation of Edible Pathways project in India

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

 

Racial Justice Rising 

Race & Religion from a Jewish Perspecitve

Interactive presentations engage audiences to think critically. Contact Abrah to arrange for a presentation in your community or at your upcoming event.

 

Select Public Presentations

 

Select Conference Presentations

  • Building our Shmita Vision: Tools for Creating a Just and Sustainable Future,         Siach Conference, Jerusalem, Israel (2015)

  • Permaculture for Changemakers, US Social Forum, Philadelphia, PA (2015)

  • Permaculture in Southeast India: Growing Food in a Land of Desertification,       The Conway School of Landscape Design, Conway, MA (2014)

  • Permaculture in Academia: Best Practices and Institutional Process,                     Yale Food Systems Symposium, New Haven, CT (2013)

  • Analysis of Power and Privilege Through the Lens of Social Permaculture,       Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY (2013)

  • Feed Northampton: First Steps Towards a Local Food System,                      

       Williams College, Williamstown, MA (2011)

Designing for an edible perennial yard