Bioregional GreenWorks is a business that GIVES BACK!
More specifically, we are organized as a worker-owned cooperative and benefit corporation striving to serve communities in need. We take proactive steps toward interrupting destructive trends that negatively affect both people and the planet, while implementing life-affirming nature-based practices that support the dignity of both.
Worker-owned cooperatives tend to have a broader beneficial impact than conventional businesses and often fill community service gaps. This is accomplished while simultaneously raising the living standards of worker-owner members who many times derive from populations underserviced by the current extraction-based economic system. Our permaculture focus specifically guides our operations to ensure we are viewing all our efforts through the lens of People Care, Earth Care, and Future Care.
STATISTICS to CONSIDER
We are approaching a time in history where 70%-80% of the world’s population is living (or will soon be living) in urban and urban perimeter/suburban areas. A large percentage of these people (both children and adults) do not have access to clean, healthy food and meaningful work that provides for financial stability. And to make matters worse, a growing number of children and adults are homeless, hungry and in poor health through no fault of their own. This is occurring in even wealthy countries such as the United States. It’s inhumane and must be set on an immediate course correction. By merging permaculture and worker-owned small business cooperatives, we can remedy all of the aforementioned problems while simultaneously benefiting the environment.
What is a Worker-Owned Cooperative?
In short, workers in a worker-owned cooperative keep the surpluses of their work instead of those surpluses going to the owner/shareholders of the business they are producing for. This can significantly increase a worker’s financial reality and quality of life and it also typically benefits the broader communities that worker-cooperatives are located within.
"Worker cooperatives are values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose. In contrast to traditional companies, worker members at worker cooperatives participate in the profits, oversight, and often management of the enterprise using democratic practices. The model has proven to be an effective tool for creating and maintaining sustainable, dignified jobs; generating wealth; improving the quality of life of workers; and promoting community and local economic development, particularly for people who lack access to business ownership or sustainable work options." - US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
(Image from the Permaculture Research Institute)
Permaculture is the largest eco-system restoration movement in the world with the largest number of practitioners utilizing clean, nutrient dense food-production and much more to build community resiliency. We meet the needs of humanity while simultaneously helping the environment.
More formally, permaculture refers to 'permanent agriculture' and 'permanent culture'. It is a multidisciplinary ethical design science based on the ethics of earth care, people care and future care (return of surplus to the first two ethics) that assembles various components such as clean, nutrient dense food production, natural building, water retention and mgmt, ecological waste and energy systems and much more to meet the needs of humanity. We design with nature rather than against nature (as most production systems currently do). Permaculture design results in no-waste, closed-looped healthy living systems and economic security for individuals, families, communities, villages, cities, counties, states and countries around the world.
With your participation, we can increase physical and mental health and economic stability, end food insecurity and homelessness, reduce recidivism, eliminate waste and toxins in the environment, mitigate drought and deliver proven on-the-ground solutions to the negative impacts of climate change and the destruction of earth's living systems, more quickly than many realize.
A Few Before & After Photos of What's Possible....Permaculture Restoration Around the World:
(Copyright: Brad Lancaster - Arizona, USA)
(Loess Plateau, China - Copyright: John D. Liu)
(Copyright: Eric Toensmeier - Massachusetts, USA)
No one has to go hungry. No one has to be homeless. Pollution doesn't have to be the norm. Everyone can have financial stability. Everyone can have time to pursue their passions and be truly happy. It's really that simple. Get Involved with Bioregional GreenWorks Today!
OUR LEAD MEMBERS:
William (Bill) Crandall, PhD
Director of Education & Training Programs
Lead Design Consultant
Bill Crandall is a native of California with a Doctorate in Literature, Masters in Comparative Literature and in Creative Writing, and Bachelors' degrees in History, English, and Psychology. He also holds a Permaculture Design Certification. Bill is an authority on the history of California ecosystems as well as their current state of imbalance and disrepair and also the cost-effective solutions available to individuals, businesses, organizations, institutions, governments and local communities. He specializes in design and education which regenerate land and water while restoring ecosystems, biodiversity and human relations. He has taught Permaculture, English, Education, Website Development, and Philosophy at colleges, universities and via other educational platforms (on-site and online). He has lived and worked in France, Mexico, and New England as well as his native California. Bill has managed and contributed to online and print reviews, edited books and articles, produced text and graphics for publication, and has given seminars on a wide variety of topics from permaculture to Website security.
Bill found permaculture in 2010 and has worked with permaculture and permaculturists since graduating from Geoff Lawton's first online course in 2013. He is a senior teaching assistant with Geoff Lawton's online courses, and also consults for Diablo Valley College Horticultural Department; People Food and Land Foundation, Indigenous Projects.
Bill fondly remembers cattle, pheasant, and walnut groves in Los Angeles County, but currently lives in a very small forest in the Mojave desert.
Project Mgmt & Partnerships
Design Consultancy & Coordination
Melissa Cecile is a native of New Orleans, LA and grew up surrounded by indigenous farming and fishing in south Louisiana by way of her father and other relatives. Her active learning and working with mother nature alongside her relatives began at the early age of six.
Melissa's professional background includes fine and applied arts (large scale functional art, textile design, metalsmithing and sculpture as well as serving as art curator and gallery mgr), music business (tour and artist mgmt., product development, production and merchandising), retail merchandising and management, graphic design, web design and development and e-commerce, real estate, project coordination and management and most recently, permaculture.
Through permaculture, Melissa has made her way back to her roots of working with mother nature and typically splits her time between New Orleans and California. She remains "an optimist and a firm believer that if deliberate and appropriate decisions are made and actions taken, the human footprint can actually have one of the most positive impacts on the web of life".
Interim Administrative Assistant
Kelly is a native of Virginia with a professional background in customer service and business administration. She has been volunteering her admin services with Bioregional GreenWorks as often as she can. When asked for a photo to share here, the above is what she provided :0)