Crow Forest Permaculture is a collective of local farmers, educators, and artists dedicated to sharing ecological wisdom in an international context. Facilitated on an 8-acre permaculture farm in Blacksburg, VA, these workshops focus on hands-on, small-scale, and affordable environmental projects that generate agricultural abundance in a variety of urban and rural settings. With a commitment to hands-on, collaborative, and bottom-up sustainability education, participants of all ages and backgrounds will learn how to to creatively cultivate, harvest, and share abundance in their local communities.
Christina Zawerucha is a teacher, farmer, and social entrepreneur who specializes in developing sustainability literacy programs in an international context. Focused on working with immigrant populations and English Language Learners, Christina has developed participatory curricula with public, non-profit, and higher education institutions in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, Ecuador, Ukraine, and now Virginia. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the documentary film “I Learn America,” and Al Jazeera America. Christina currently facilitates workshops at Crow Forest Farm and works as an ESL instructor at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute in Blacksburg, VA.
CFF not only promotes the integration of self-maintained agricultural systems modeled after patterns in nature, but is also committed to the permaculture principals of “Valuing diversity,” “Integrating rather than segregating” and “maximizing interfaces” between ecosystems, cultures, and academic disciplines.