The Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate (PRI) invites you to join our Board of Directors. If you have an interest in healing ecosystems, educating people, innovating, and have the time, energy and networks to get things done, then you might be a great match. After listening to the community and refreshing our strategic plan, PRI is now ready to broaden our impact. To do this, we need more hands, heads, and hearts to make it happen. Join us!

PRI is looking for a diverse set of skills and backgrounds in order to add to our effective multi-faceted team. We believe a wide range in viewpoints and backgrounds, grounded in  shared values, will nurture creative ideas and breakthrough opportunities.

We work to maintain co-creative, honest, fun and complementary relationships within our team.  The team culture is rooted in the following values that we hold each other to:
• Shared leadership and responsibility
• Support and mentorship of staff
• Powerful actions without power plays
• Intergenerational shared learning
• Fun and laughter
• Speaking full truths to promote efficiency and co-creation
• Caring about each other

Tour some real examples of natural building, including a "timber in the round" chicken coop, a cob rocket stove in our cedar cabin school bus, and an earth-bermed off grid home (building in progress).  We'll discuss some of the issues with current codes and zoning, and the solutions we've found that work within the current system.  AND...we will get our hands dirty with a real experience with cob building!

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Information & Resources

  • Community Connections

    Cronon Changes in the LandPRI Book Club -RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, July 1st, 6pm Location: The Farmhouse (3961 42nd Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55407) 

    This month we will be discussing Changes in the Land: Indiands, Colonists, and the Ecology of New Englan by William Cronon. As always, folks are welcome regardless of how far along they are in the book!

    Email LibbyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.



  • Urban Farming Resources

    PRI Cold Climate works to build the capacity of our urban farmers. Whether you are working as an urban farmer or simply growing your own fresh foods in your backyard, PRI will continue to provide as much education and resources as possible for urban growers throughout the year.

  • Regional Connections

    PRI is a regional non-profit, and as such, we want to support the good work that is happening in cold climates all over the world, particularly in the upper-Midwest (which we call home.) Below are some updates from local permaculture initiatives that definitely deserve your support. If you are in these areas, please check them out!  Want your events added below? Email LibbyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your info listed. Located in or near the Twin Cities? Check out our Community Connections page for local updates.



    INHABIT explores the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture'. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

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  • Volunteer or Intern

    PRI is currently looking for summer interns! Positions include working to plan events around the North American Permaculture Convergence and sharing the stories of our program participants and community! Read more about each by clicking the links below, and apply today! Application deadline is Wednesday, May 28th, 2015. 

    Storytelling Intern

    To apply, please send a resume and a short message explaining why you are interested. Thanks!